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Pros & Cons: Purchasing New Farming Machinery vs. Used Machinery

For Aussie farmers, purchasing new farming equipment makes a massive difference in everyday operations. Replacing old and rundown machinery is a long-term investment, especially if you want to ensure everything continues to function as smoothly as possible for the coming years. 

No matter what you’re looking for, here is a list of things to consider when you’re on the fence about whether you should buy new or used agricultural machinery. 


New Technology 


As time moves on, so does technology. 

This means whatever machinery you purchase now will most likely have a newer, faster, more efficient model in the future. We’re all a little guilty of getting carried away when looking at brand new technology and finding ways to convince ourselves that we need it.

If you can dodge the temptation, there’s a high chance you might be able to find a second-hand machine that offers you all the essentials you need, minus the latest technology. 


Aside from adding an extra couple of zeroes to the overall price, new machinery can also get complicated. Oftentimes, the electronics are interlinked with other areas of the machine. So if one thing goes wrong, the whole thing can shut down. In this instance, a second-hand model might be easier to maintain. 


Tried and Tested 


As mentioned above, new farming machinery offers the latest tech to make life easier and more efficient. If you can afford it, purchasing modern farming machinery is a great option. 


However, with second-hand machinery, it may look a little worse for wear but are often in full working order and just “worn in.” Some sellers have high-quality second-hand equipment, offering great machines with minimal wear for half the price of a brand new one. 


Burando Hill, for example, is a distributor for FarmKing, Westeel, and Agtron but also offers a trade-in service for used machines. We provide high-quality pieces of equipment at an affordable price, so you can solve the dilemma of not knowing what to do with your old equipment while getting a new upgrade. 


Support and Warranty 


A big pro of buying brand new equipment from a dealer is the warranty. Some second-hand dealers might not offer any warranty, so if you face any issues with your machine post-purchase you’ll be left with no support. One of the benefits of trading in with Burando Hills is their comprehensive support. Their workshops have everything necessary to make any repairs on farming equipment. 

Performance Quality 


A con with buying used farming machinery is not knowing precisely how much stress the machine has already been through. Unlike a used car, second-hand agricultural machinery is generally sold with the hours of use, rather than the distance. Try to keep your eye out for machines with fewer hours of operation. 


However, there are other variables to consider. A machine might not have been used daily but sat rusting. In this instance, the low hours of use might bring more problems. Alternatively, regularly used but well-maintained equipment is a better choice than one that hasn't been used often. 


Choosing the right machinery 


Whatever farming machinery you need, money shouldn’t be a deciding factor when choosing what to buy. There are a lot of reasons why purchasing second-hand is a good option, especially when you find a trustworthy dealer like Burando Hill. 


Whether you’re looking to trade in your machine or after a brand new one completely, we’ve got you covered. As an Australia-wide agricultural equipment and parts distributor, dealer and retailer we’ve got a solid reputation for providing innovative agricultural solutions that we have engineered, manufactured or tested ourselves.


If you’re interested to learn more about our trade-ins or are on the hunt for new equipment for your farming operations. Please contact us on 1300 287 263, we’re more than happy to help you with your farming needs. 

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