Milton Enterprise, LLC

​​​​​​​49 N Union St.

Pawtucket, RI 02860

401-714-7754 (phone)

401-229-2041 (fax) 

Construction Equipment Sales & Rentals 

​​MILTON ENTERPRISE, LLC

BUYING PRINCIPLES

The used construction equipment industry (aerial or not) is highly unregulated. There is no real transparency to a machine's actual condition or value. Please read through these general principles as they will give you a proper guideline and strategy to making a successful purchase.

Key #1) Never buy into general terms. Ask for specifics!

“Refurbished” “Reconditioned” “Job-Ready”


There are no set standards to what these terms mean. A simple paint job vs. replacing an entire set of hydraulic hoses all fall under “reconditioned, etc.”. Ask specifically what was done to the machine and evaluate from there.

Key #2) Recognize your capability as a buyer.

If you do not have ability to deal with machine breakdowns, do not be overly concerned with getting the cheapest available unit. Make a wiser purchase based on quality and not price.  Understand that higher pricing can be easily justified with the work put into the machine.

Key #3) Buy from people you trust.

While a good purchase can be made regardless of the circumstances, it is important to understand most sellers make money by quickly selling machines without the customers best interests in mind. Finding somebody that you trust, who is honest and also possesses real knowledge about the products he/she sells can save you untold amounts of time, aggravation and money down the road. 

Key #4) Develop a quick understanding of how to properly evaluate a machine

Fixing mechanical issues soon after purchasing a machine can be expensive, time-consuming and highly aggravating. This can especially be true if you feel like the seller owes you some form of reimbursement. The ability to recognize potential machine issues before they come up helps avoid this entire scenario. It may seem like a unique skill set to have, but it doesn't have to be. Below, Milton Enterprise walks you through evaluating a machine...


As a general guideline, look to evaluate each machine by breaking down its separate working systems.  Each system has to co-exist together to achieve a working machine. Typically you have:


  • Main power source (engine or batteries)
  • Electrical wiring system
  • CPU (central processing unit, motherboard or the “brains” of the machine)
  • Control platforms (ground controls and basket controls)
  • Drive system
  • Fuel delivery system
  • Hydraulic system (hoses, cylinders, rotators)
  • Structural steel (frame, chassis, basket, wheels)​
  • Tires




If you can properly assess the condition of each system you will have a better indication how much work the machine may or may not need. Milton Enterprise provides a list of evaluation check points below. While this is NOT an exhaustive list of evaluations it is an excellent broad based approach to gauging a machine’s condition.
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