Things to Consider When Buying a Motor Grader

Motor graders, or road graders, are the machines you will commonly find being used to finish the grading on roads prior to them being paved. Motor graders, like other heavy equipment, are not a cheap asset to invest in, so before making a purchase, there are a few things that you should consider. A couple of the most important things are the size of the grader and the type of engine it is built on. 

Size

When you are choosing a grader for your project, considering size is really important. You should choose the equipment after you figure out what you want to prioritize, the capacity or the maneuverability of the equipment. If you are working in a compact area, a smaller grader would be better suited to get the job done, but you might need to work a little longer as they cannot support wider blades and will not likely get the job done in a single pass. With larger graders, you can get the job done in fewer passes since they can easily support larger blades but moving around with them presents a challenge for the heavy equipment operators. Therefore, when you are choosing a grader, keep in mind what the job would require of it and which would be most easily able to deliver on your requirements.

Engine

Another thing to consider when you are making a purchase is the engine horsepower. The horsepower of an average motor grader’s diesel engine can be anywhere from 190 to 300. There are a few exceptions to this, of course, that go both ways, like the MR G75 which operates at under 80 horsepower or the Caterpillar 24 which can go up to 535 horsepower. Keep in mind, though, that while a bigger engine does mean more horsepower, it also consumes more fuel, so make the decision after considering if it truly is what your project requires.

Versatile

If you are going to make a significant purchase like a motor grader, you might consider other ways you can make use of your purchase so that you can compensate for the upfront cost of the equipment. Most motor grader models are capable of supporting attachments in addition to the front mounted blade and axles on the rear end that are used for grading purposes. Some graders have an extra blade on the front which helps with plowing snow in the winter. Sometimes, motor graders have a ripper or scarifier attached to the back that helps it tear through hard surfaces. There are other attachments, like a rear compactor, that are used for getting a smooth finish on the job. 

Automations and Advanced Technology

Several equipment manufacturers now also offer equipment with advanced technologies that can make the whole procedure more efficient. These automations can include monitoring systems, sensors, and telematics systems, among others. Carefully considering every aspect and detail before you start looking for a motor grader for sale will end up saving you from the regret of making the wrong decision.  Finding a model that can get the job done perfectly for your project should be your goal when you start your search for a motor grader.