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Date: 05/10/2020


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What is a Motor Grader?

A Motor Grader is a machine that is typically used in the construction industry to prepare surfaces. This multi-purpose construction machine can be used for a host of jobs that are associated with surface preparation. Graders are typically constructed from many key parts and comprise the following:

  • Operator Cab - Where the operator sits to drive and control the grader.
  • Prime mover - The rubber-wheeled tractor that powers the grader.
  • Frame - Attached to the front axle and houses the mouldboard and its mechanics.
  • Mouldboard - The blade that is situated behind the front axle. This functional tool can be tilted and moved to perform the tasks required.
  • Scarifier - Also known as a “ripper.” This hydraulically controlled “fork” is used to break up surfaces.

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What is the purpose of a Motor Grader?

Its job is to shape and grade surfaces. From building roads to flattening sports fields, these powerful and skilled machines can also be used to prepare foundations for large buildings, build drains, spread material, create inclines and declines, cutting ditches, and they will also put the final touches to “finish” grading. Graders can accommodate different attachments, which makes these machines very versatile.

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How to Find a Motor Grader?

A simple search online will give you options, but the best place to find graders is on www.truckandtrailer.co.za. As the leading digital marketplace for construction machinery and heavy equipment in South Africa, our website is home to a great number of graders for sale. Our graders’ category is easy to navigate and our users are presented with a number of filters so that they can find the grader that best suits their requirements.

When looking for a grader, users will find new and used graders for sale. These graders can then be filtered by make, price, region, year of manufacture, and the all-important hours of operation.

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When a user selects their filters, the search results are automatically updated in the adverts display window located alongside the facets. The results served to the users are the most relevant results related to the search criteria.

Once a user has reviewed the initial search results, which display the basic relevant information related to the grader being sold, they can then select the specific advert to view a more detailed advert listing. This then expands the advert to reveal a full product description, images and lists the product's relevant specifications or information.

The listing will also show the relevant seller’s contact information.

How to Buy a used Motor Grader?

When buying a motor grader there are several considerations a buyer must factor into their decision-making process. Because these machines carry hefty price tags, buyers must ensure that they review and inspect the grader thoroughly.

The following elements must be taken into consideration before a final purchase decision is made.

  1. A grader is of no use if it can’t be driven. An inspection of the engine by a qualified mechanic should be done to ensure that it is in good working order, produces the power required, and runs and operates correctly.

  2. The operator cabin should be inspected and a buyer should pay attention to the following cabin elements.

  • Dials and gauges
  • Steering, pedals, and controls
  • The general condition of the interior
  • Doors
  • Windows and screens
  • Mirrors
  1. Ensure that the grader frame is of sound construction and shows no signs of physical damage or overuse. Check for cracks and general wear and tear. Also, inspect the condition of the axle and wheels.

  2. Inspect the Mouldboard to ensure it can move and function. Check that the leading edge is in good condition and does not require replacing. Check the hydraulics, pipes, and cables to ensure quality. Inspect the Mouldboard mechanics and all parts that are used to operate it.

  3. Inspect the scarifier to ensure it can move and function. Check the fork and its teeth depending on the one that is fitted. Check the hydraulics, pipes, and cables to ensure quality and eliminate potential future problems or repairs.

It would be beneficial to have an operator on hand to demonstrate the working order of the grader to give the buyer an exact idea of what he will get for his investment. Have the operator drive and demonstrate all the functioning parts.

How to sell a Motor Grader?

When it comes to selling a grader, the best place to do this is on Truck & Trailer. As the leading commercial marketplace, listing your graders on our website is a sound seller option.

When it comes to selling a grader, there are several key factors a seller should cover in their advert listing.

It is advised that as much information as possible is given about the grader being sold. Information about the following points will go a long way in helping you to sell your grader:

  1. Sellers must provide all the basic listing information relating to make, model, price, hours of operation, and year of manufacture.

  2. When it comes to providing a detailed description of the unit, sellers should:

  • Explain the reason for the sale of the grader
  • Provide information related to its past working life
  • Detail its current working condition regarding:
    • The engine tractor
    • The frame
    • The cabin
    • Steering, pedals, and controls
    • State of the mouldboard and scarifier
    • Hydraulics and pipes

Providing this information to your potential buyer will go a long way in assisting them to make an informed buying decision and an easier sales process for the seller.

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