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Seven steps to a value for money JCB

A second-hand machine can take much of the hard slog out of farmwork, but caution is required before handing over any cash

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A second-hand machine can reduce your workload considerably

A second-hand machine can reduce your workload considerably

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A second-hand machine can reduce your workload considerably

A JCB in the right hands is an invaluable tool. This distinctive yellow machine has always been popular on Irish farms because of its versatility in tackling a variety of jobs, including winter feeding, general tidying, drain cleaning and land clearance - all without breaking a sweat.

The cost of a new JCB is beyond the reach and justification for most farmers, but there is good value to be had in the second-hand market ­- especially if you can afford to wait for the right machine.

As with any second-hand purchase, there are pitfalls to avoid when parting with the cash. If you are not sure what to look out for, always take a more experienced set of eyes along with you to check over the machine. Depending on age and condition, you will likely be parting with anywhere from €10,000 to €30,000, so don't be hoodwinked.


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