Used Link Belt value

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by allinearth, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Help me out cause I have never messed with a track hoe this size. Looking at a 1994 Link Belt LS2650 c series II. Owner says its a 35k machine. Has 6,600 hrs currently. Didn't see any obvious leaks or problems. It does have some play in the bucket pins. How many hours is too many for this size machine? It has been used mainly for loading trucks at a dirt pit. So...What's it worth?
     
  2. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have almost that same machine, payed 30,000 for ours but ours had 3k and came with a power tilt wrist and two buckets, the one your looking at could go from 21,000-25,000 but thats going rate around here my .02 cents hope it helps
     
  3. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some of the older LB's had swing bearing issues.
     
  4. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    I meant to say it is a 35k pound machine not $. How can I check the swing bearing?
     
  5. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Swing bearings were an issue for some of the older LB's, at least from what I've heard from a close friend of mine and others. I have a friend who had 2 Link Belts, both in the 94-97 range, one was a 70 size machine the other was a 120 and both had swing bearing issues before 6,000 hours.

    To check, roll the stick all the way out and stretch the machine, then swing it. Make sure there are no grinding noises, clanks, the house should stop smoothly with no noises or abruptions. Also, make sure when you do stop the swing brake is working properly, if the house swings too far after you let go of the stick, the swing brake might be on it's way out. Another way to tell is look on the carbody below the house base and check for leaks. The bearings are supposed to be packed and sealed but we all know how grease can heat up and drip out if the seals are toast.
     
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh your going to tell if the machine has a worn out rotex and swing bearings.The machine will flop around it will feel like your on a carnival ride :laugh:
     
  7. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah or it self levels the house on side slopes.....
     
  8. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a little play in mine i kno that for a fact, havent decided what im going to do about it but, i thought i would post a pic of mine, i think they should look almost identical

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  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nice machine, I really like the look of Link Belts and they seem to be solid machines aside from the swing bearing stuff. Whenever I talk to someone about the swing bearing issue with LB's, everyone gets defensive and pretends it doesn't exist. From what I can gather, most, if not all, Link Belt excavators will develop premature swing bearing failure when compared to other brands. I've seen many a Komatsu, Cat, and Deere with 10,000 hours or more on the swing bearings with no problems. All of the excavators I've personally seen with 10,000 hours or more were owned by people I personally knew, I would always ask them what kinds of things they've had to do to the machine and swing bearings were never on that list.
     
  10. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    My machine is tight so far. Maybe the bearing has been replaced already, it has over 8K on it. The Sumitomo excavator is really a great machine.
     

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