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Mechanic: Fieldtech59, Shop manager replied 8 years ago
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I'm thinking about buying this. Want to know what size engine and hp transmission. He also says it has double offset bucket, what is that? What does it weigh, what year is it, and can I still get parts for it

Mechanic: Fieldtech59, Shop manager replied 8 years ago
Got it. It's probably 1998 or newer, within a few years. Engine should be a 6 cylinder Komatsu turbo diesel, 150 - 160 hp. Not sure what seller means by double offset bucket, but he's most likely describing an offset boom, it will knuckle in the middle to the right and left. Being a zero turn radius machine in the 200 size, it probably weighs in around 50,000 lbs.

It's most likely a "grey market" machine, not made for North America, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Ultimately your local Komatsu dealer can give you the most accurate information. In my experience, with my local dealer, I've not had a problem with parts or support for grey market machines. Sometimes they have to contact corporate Komatsu with serial number to obtain correct parts pages, but they've never ran away from a grey machine for me. Have the dealer check the model and s/n, ask them if they can support the machine, that should have a lot to do with whether you purchase the machine or not.

If it is an offset boom, check those boom pivots for wear, a little bit of wear/slack is tolerable, but if it's excessive, I'd either stay away for the machine or demand that wear be deducted from the selling price as the pivots will need rebuild, and Komatsu parts ain't cheap.

Also, if it's an offset boom, check the operation of the boom lockouts. Here's the way it works. Offset the boom all the way to the left with the bucket extended away from cab. Begin boom up and arm in getting bucket closer to the cab. At some point, if the lockouts are working proper, at the point where bucket teeth are about to hit the cab it will lock out boom up and arm in to prevent operator from hitting cab, it will only boom down or arm out until the bucket is not near the cab.

Check you undercarriage, if track chains, roller, sprockets, and idlers are excessively worn, you're going to sink several thousand dollars getting the undercarriage up to snuff.
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