Caterpillar TA1 and TA2 Inspections

What is a TA1 and a TA2 inspection?

The TA-1 is more or less a visual inspection of equipment and not very useful to evaluate the necessary repairs and condition of a machine. For a TA-2 report are several special tools required. A TA2 is very time consuming and the local CAT-dealer will ask probably more than 1.500$. For larger machines it may sum up to 2.500$. Hydraulic pressures will be measured and engine blow-by will be tested.

Does it make sense to order a TA-1 or TA-2?

As a buyer of used machinery it is maybe not useful to get detailed info such as "brake relief pressure" or blow-by amount. Many details in a TA-2 have to be paid but are not needed to examine the necessary repairs or adjusments. Many values will be useless if you have no reference value.

TA-1 and TA-2 difference

Is there a smarter solution?

To enable us offering appraisals for a reasonable price we decided to level our inspections somewhere between a TA1 and TA2 report. We have capabilities and tools to measure pressures but we just do it if we see a problem with the hydraulic system. We can measure the blow-by amount. But as mentioned it just makes sense if you have a reference value. MEVAS inspectors rather use their five senses to find possibly problems. With a certain amout of experience we are able to find most problems with a machine. Additionally we have equipped most of our engineers with a CAT-Technician. It enables us to read the internal machine computer, the so called ECM. It gives us info about machine history and possibly abuse. More info about machine testing is available on our knowledge pages.

Oil Sampling (SOS Analysis)

Another question we often hear is, if we would take SOS-samples (scheduled oil samples). Yes, we can do it. But this makes often no sense with Used Equipment. Only if the oil samples are taken regularly and you can see a tendency it will give information about remaining component life. When the oil has been in use many hours above the schedule or when it has been renewed recently the SOS says nothing at all. But yes - on request we also take oil samples and sent them to analysis. There are better solutions as for example an engine test or a so-called stall-test

Specialized in CAT Used Equipment

MEVAS s spezialized in inspections of used machines of different brands. More details are given below. But mainly we focus on Caterpillar equipment due our experience and the machine population. We have the knowledge to measure the remaining life of Caterpillar undercarriages. We have electronic gear to read the machine ECU and create a PSR.

But of course we also inspect the condition of Ahlmann wheel loaders, Atlas Mobile Excavators, Bell articulated trucks, Case tractors, CAT bulldozer, Caterpillar quarry trucks, Demag, Gottwald, Grove, Krupp and Kato,cranes, Deutz engines, Doosan track excavators, Euclid rigid trucks, Faun cranes, Fiat loaders, Furukawa excavators, Gehl skid steer loaders, Hyundai machines, Hitachi excavadori, Ingersoll compressors, JCB backhoe loader, Kaelble whellloader, Komatsu equipment, Liebherr track loaders Manitou tele handlers, Mannesmann Compressors,Menzi walking excavators, Neusson miniexcavators, O&K machines, Terex-Schaeff equipment from Germany, Sennebogen material handlers, Sambron equipment, Sumitomo used equipment, Volvo articulated haulers, Yanmar mini digger, Zeppelin Mobilbagger, Zettelmeyer Radlader, Akerman Kettenbagger,

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