buying construction machinery

Here’s Some Top Tips on Buying Construction Machinery

With the construction industry slowly getting back to normal, here are some top tips on buying construction machinery.

Fenton Plant Machinery specialise in selling quality used plant machinery. Year of experience in providing this service have given them an insight on what to look out for when buying construction machinery.

[1] Using a reputable dealer is important

Reputable dealers should have well-established premises that can act as a point of reference. Proper contact information should be displayed on their website. Customer service and the condition of the machines is very important.

To evaluate professionalism in customer service simply dial one of the contact numbers provided and observe whether they respond promptly and answer all your questions diligently. Proper dealers should provide appropriate certification and documents to prove ownership or right to sell machines on display.

buying construction machinery

[2] Look at the machine specifications

Check the model type, year of manufacture, size, fuel consumption, replacement parts among others. Tutor these specs to your personal preferences and requirements and it will be a comfortable and well-informed buy.

[3] Check the history of your machine

Conduct background checks on the ownership history of the machine and how well it was maintained. Maintenance checks include checking the fluids such as the hydraulic fluid, engine fluid, and transmission oil to evaluate their performance. Ask for proof of ownership to avoid buying stolen items.

[4] Make sure you test drive

It is advisable to conduct test drives to assess the performance of the machine. Pay close attention to any abnormal sounds from the engine and emissions. Check the seat condition, controls, dashboard, pedals, and other features. Additionally, check that the transmission is efficient whether the machine will require additional costs in service.

[5] Check the operating hours

The number of active hours in the history of the machine will determine whether buying used machinery is viable compared to buying a new one. A good machine should have the capacity to hold its value even after many hours of operation. Equipment may have a short working period but increased visits to the mechanic for repair. It’s essential to avoid such a purchase; however cheap it may come. The maintenance costs accumulated within the first year of acquisition should not match the cost of buying a new machine if summed to the initial deposit amount.

If you require more information on  buying construction machinery  please give us a call today on 07506 842 052 or email us

How Covid-19 has impacted the construction industry

How Covid-19 has impacted the construction industry

At Fenton Plant Machinery we are ready and waiting for construction industries that are getting back to work.

There is no doubt that Covid-19 is having an impact on the construction industry as well as every other industry worldwide. But while the world waits for the lockdown measures to gradually ease there is a certain amount of uncertainty around how the economy will re-start. We are hopeful that there will be a spike of business activity in the purchase of used plant machinery, but with most industries we are waiting to see how Covid-19 has impacted the construction industry.

In order to get a picture of how Covid-19 has impacted the construction industry, on the 26th March, Constructiononline introduced a new questionnaire set to understand how COVID-19 was affecting their members, their businesses, and their staff. Over 4,000 businesses have completed the new questionnaire set so far, giving Constructiononline a great insight into how the industry is coping during this pandemic. You can see this set of questions here.

How Covid-19 has impacted the construction industry

Reason to be optimistic?

Over the last few months, the government has repeatedly reiterated how housing, construction and infrastructure will be at the forefront of its political agenda. In the lead-up to the winter election, for example, Boris Johnson promised to build a million news homes by 2025. Similarly, both Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid offered a huge amount of investment in the sector over the course of the current parliament. Understandably, the health crisis has led to these promises becoming lesser priorities.

The government cannot be blamed for this — massive investment and focus will be required to combat the pandemic. However, the chronic imbalance between supply and demand in the UK’s housing stock persists and cannot continue to be overlooked.

As such, it will be necessary for the government to support the construction industry over the coming weeks and months with regular consultation and a continuous dialogue. Doing so will go some way to reassure firms about their plan for construction after the crisis abates, when a housebuilding revolution can commence. After all, demand for new housing will only continue to rise, and only with forthright government leadership and investment will the UK be able to meet it.

At Fenton Plant Machinery we are ready and waiting to play our part in getting the construction industry moving again, whatever used plant machinery you are in the market for, visit Fenton Plant Machinery, or give us a call.

If you require more information on our available Plant Machinery in stock, please give us a call today on 07506 842 052 or email us