Checklist for potential buyers
The following is a summary of the main points to be considered
when selecting the most suitable soil preparation equipment:
Available financial resources (budget restraints can
limit the choice considerably).
Required production rate (this depends on the
expected market demand; larger output rates require higher degrees of
Weight and mobility of equipment (these may have to
be moved frequently from site to site).
Available energy sources (not only the costs must be
considered, but also the frequency of power failures and supply shortages of
diesel, petrol, etc.).
Availability of spares and skilled technicians for
maintenance and repairs (machines with standardized parts create less problems).
Compatibility of equipment (machines from different
manufacturers may not conform to the same standards; equipment from a single
supplier is generally dimensionally coordinated, facilitating special
arrangement and organization, and some spare parts may be interchangeable).
Operational safety (for this, several demonstrations
of use, especially with unskilled workers, should be seen).
References (contacts with equipment users should be
sought whenever possible).
Conditions of purchase (since machines with similar
outputs are available, comparisons of prices, discounts for large orders,
delivery time, etc. are urgently recommended).
After sales services (not only should the
manufacturers be fair enough to rectify defects of their machines by providing
technical assistance or supplying spare pares at minimum or no-case; users
should also take the trouble to send accounts of their experiences and
suggestions for improvements to the manufacturers, for without this feedback no
effective development is possible).