The condition of equipment sold at auctions or transferred from person to person varies widely, so it's important to examine used equipment carefully.
When equipment is purchased through a dealership, the purchase
usually includes a warranty, directions for maintenance and
operation, warning signs, "seals of approval" and
assurances that the equipment conforms with voluntary or federal
But regardless of where you buy your equipment, look for items that may detract from safety. They include missing shields and poor upkeep.
A bargain price may not be worth the risks involved. Don't be blinded by a "sale" and end up with equipment for which you didn't bargain.
the following questions when you're buying used equipment.
For more information about tractor safety, visit
the Florida AgSafe Network Web site:
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Publication #: AE309
1. This document
, one of a series of the Agricultural and Biological
Engineering Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service,
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of
Florida. Supported in part by the NIOSH Deep-South Center
for Occupational Health and Safety, University of South Florida,
Tampa, Florida. First published September 2001. Please visit
the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.
2. Carol J. Lehtola, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist, and Charles M. Brown, Assistant Coordinator for Agricultural Safety and Health, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611
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