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Hi Regy it was apparent that the starter motor is on its way out also the 90 degree ram on the arm wasn’t working on arrival so the delivery guy phoned back to the guy and he said it was just a fuse issue and that he would phone me to run through it with me to make sure it was all working, as he assured me it was when it left the yard. The more worrying issue is the clonking from the RHS track when turning tight in reverse, I think this is the issue that had stopped all communication from him. I must point out that I am not an operator just someone who has a project that requires a digger for a while. And was assured by purple bug that he would look after me as I am not knowledgeable in the world of diggers. (Foolish of me). The digger was trapped by other plant so hard to test full movement of it but again was assured all would be working A1 on delivery. The clonking was discovered shortly after delivery when I put it to work, I phoned and my calls were ignored so I texted him, not in an angry way I just wanted to know if I needed to stop using it in case I caused more damage thus making a repair more expensive for him. I received no more communication from him at all.
 
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The digger was trapped by other plant so hard to test full movement of it
Absoloutely classic trick. I went to look at a Transit once. Typical pikey seller. It was parked under a very low tree- didn't even bother asking him to start it, just went straight to the tipper back and looked underneath. Never seen so much rot in a body in my life.
 
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Yeah unfortunately there are a lot of people with no moral compass. Too late for me but just wanted to warn others not to make my mistake in believing he is a genuine person running a respectable business.
 
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Yeah unfortunately there are a lot of people with no moral compass. Too late for me but just wanted to warn others not to make my mistake in believing he is a genuine person running a respectable business.
Sorry to hear of your problems. If only you had found us before your purchase. There is a wealth of genuine experience here that would and will help you no end with advice on what to look for.
Couple of guys that can source machines too. ;)
 
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It’s difficult without knowing what you bought exactly. I am a used plant trader myself but have to stand by our Machines but there is also a pricing level that works and doesn’t

What did you buy?

Reference the track, sounds like a cleat has come out one of the tracks

Not sure how a fuse stops hydraulics from moving ?

What machine is this please
 
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Where are you based, OP?

I've not heard anyone say a bad word about Regy above from Sandhll Plant, but I think you are shopping right at the bottom end of the market, which he doesn't deal too much in.

As Regy says, the track isn't the end of the world- easily enough replaced. Same with starter, but be sure it's not battery or wiring first. The offset boom- only way a fuse could stop this but nothing else is if it was electrically activated via say a joystick roller- very unlikely with anything of the 'vintage' purple bug specialise in.
 
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A Volvo has operated offsets like this, we have a year 2000 in the yard at the moment waiting for us to get a look at it and even that has a button operation to activate the offset
 
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Hi guys thanks for your input it is an oldish pel job EB 28 with a button on the joy stick. Not sure what the connection is with Regy53 and purple bug think the guy I dealt with was Will. As for the track that’s all I wanted from him was advice as to wether it was going to be a problem, and thought the sooner I mentioned it the better all round. Paid £6500 for the digger and a further £350 for a quick hitch. Probably not a lot of money for a digger but a lot for me. I previously had an old 1972 JCB back hoe loader, only paid £1000 for that but apart from the odd hose going has been really good. Unfortunately it’s too big to do the rest of my project.
 
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I think Volvo bought Pel Job, so after what Regy said about the Volvo he has in stock that button might well be the offset! Most likely just a wiring or fuse problem, ten minutes with a multimeter would tell you.

Regy is the forum host and a used plant dealer too. No connection to Purple Bug.

Where are you based?
 
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If someone is in my area who is willing to take a look that would be great👍 Obviously pay for their time. Have Never participated in a forum so not sure how it all works.
 
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sorry for confusion, We are not related to this crowd, I dont have a clue who they are at all. I was only saying that we stand buy our product but at the price point it gets difficult because you are buying a end of life machine and costs start to get to high for a dealer, However they sold it, they took profit on it I assume so they should stand buy it or at least help. Generally if we get a px like this i ship them out to auction and let somebody else run with them. Running away from the issue does not help anybody though so thats annoying

The track clank, If you check out the cleats in the track you will probably find one is missing or hanging out. In short it shouldn't cause you much issue for what your doing but just go cautious with it. Worst case buy a track for it Circa £300 +VAT

The boom not swinging, i assume you have clicked the switch and then used the control on the joystick and it will not work? is it set in central position? You could just try clicking the siwtch a good few times and if no joy load the hydraulics and try it again i.e boom back, bucket crowded and hold, then try the switch a few times it probably wont work but sometimes if not used perhaps a sticky solenoid or something.

Starter motor you could take of and get refurbed, again if they are used irregular you might find the solenoid is a bit sticky and sometimes a bit of use can cure this. Sometimes not

Its tough but buying a machine of this value you need to be aware they might need some TLC, it depends how he advertised it.
 
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Cheers Regy I will try what you have suggested.
just read that earlier post and realised the confusion was mine.
 
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Don’t fret about the starter issue too much. Annoying that the guy won’t help you out, but you have it now, so you will likely have to deal with the issues yourself.
Can you do basic testing of the starter circuit, or know someone that can? If you can prove the starter is faulty, then try The Starter Motor and Alternator Company, usually good stock and prices, very helpful on the phone, and next day delivery.

Regy has already given you the lowdown on the track, inspect it for a missing lug in the belt somewhere, you will have to live with it or replace it, the track belt is not something that can be repaired once it’s shot. Plenty of suppliers for those though, ask on here for a few names if you decide to change it.

Can you put a pic up of the button on the joystick? Are there one or two buttons? When you press the button/buttons is there any indicator lights illuminated on the dash? To indicate the change from a fixed boom position to a swinging boom?
It may be the microswitches in the stick. Likely not be a dealer part as a separate item, but entirely possible to change these switches if they are faulty.
A pic of the machine and the sticks will help with further advice(y)
 
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