Equipment inspection tips: vertical tillage discs.

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Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

What to look for when buying a used vertical tillage disc.

When inspecting a used vertical tillage disc for sale at one of Ritchie Bros.’ many onsite auctions or online through IronPlanet, we have a process which may help you decide on what type, make, and model of you would like to purchase.

1. Serial number.

Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

The first step in the process is verifying the serial number on the unit you are inspecting. Once you have obtained the proper serial number, you will be able to verify year, make, and model. After you know this is the right type of equipment for you, we may be able to provide the number of acres it was used for. These details are very important to know when buying used.

2. Overall appearance.

Take a walk around the disc and pay close attention to the paint, possible damage, hydraulic hoses damaged or leaking, and main pivot points. Check for frame condition is it bent or level, weathered, or missing components. These indicators will allow you to determine if this disc was abused in its lifetime.

3. Specifications.

The vertical tillage disc is an intricate machine with the capability to knock down and break up the toughest of terrains, yet leave a smooth finish. They come in different designs and overall widths; make sure the piece you are inspecting is advertised with the correct width.

Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

The first thing you should look at is the jack, check for bends and discrepancies. In the heavier duty discs such as a Degelman Pro Til, they are equipped with a hydraulic jack do to the weight of the disc.

Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

After completing this check, carry on to the types of discs. They may be smooth, deep cone, or serrated. Check size, spacing and wear to verify usage and life expectancy.  Inspect bearing and mud scrapers on the discs.

Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

At the back of the disc will be the rollers or harrows to help smooth out the rough terrain after tilling. Verify the condition and any damage to these.

4. Undercarriage.

Verify the make and model of the tires. You can then search and see prices on replacements if needed. Check the condition and any deficiency to the tires. Some of these discs will put on a lot of miles.

Vertical Tillage Disc sold at a Ritchie Bros. farm equipment auction

5. Maintenance log and supporting documentation.

We encourage sellers to supply maintenance logs, inspection lists, work orders and other supporting documents. Make sure to ask at the auction site for these documents. They provide valuable insight into how often and what types repairs were performed.

In most cases we will be able to give you the owners information to allow you to contact them and get more details if needed.

If you're interested in buying tillage discs being sold in upcoming Ritchie Bros. auctions, visit the auction site to test, inspect and compare different models before you bid. Or see what’s available for sale on IronPlanet, including a large selection with IronClad Assurance Equipment Condition Certification.

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