Two important things to keep in mind when purchasing a used JCB backhoe are hidden maintenance problems and lack of available replacement parts. Caution is advised when purchasing a used backhoe from private seller, because the seller has no obligation to report mechanical problems. Find an authorized dealer of second-hand JCB backhoe equipment, and purchase the backhoe only after it has undergone and passed inspection by a qualified factory-trained technician.
Consider the costs involved with purchasing a used JCB backhoe as opposed to a new model. Generally, financing is less attractive for used heavy equipment. While purchasing a used JCB backhoe is cheaper than getting a new one, those savings are not guaranteed to last if the machine breaks down due to a hidden mechanical problem. Parts and labor are often expensive for heavy equipment repairs. Older backhoe machine parts are often not easy to find once the model is no longer supported by its manufacturer.
Buying a backhoe from an authorized dealer can minimize hassles related to maintenance repair. Inspect used JCB backhoe equipment before committing to a purchase. Areas to inspect include the loader bucket, engine, hydraulic system, backhoe boom and stick. Look for obvious signs of wear and tear, including worn out or missing teeth, cracks, missing bolts, and indications that the backhoe's structural integrity is compromised.