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How to buy small excavators from China?

Our small excavators are widely used in daily life. There are many market choices, such as Caterpillar, Komatsu, XCMG and other big brands. The small excavators produced by these brands are of good quality. But the price is relatively high. They are not the right choice for families or people who want to engage in wholesale and small excavator retail business. Many people turn their attention to small excavators made in China.

How to buy small excavators from China?-Rippa China
After years of R & D and production, China’s small excavator technology has been very mature, the quality is very reliable and the price is not high. This is the right choice. However, for most people, China is a distant country. Unable to travel to China, or conduct on-site factory inspection and business negotiation before procurement. Especially during the outbreak of New Coronavirus disease in 2019, this possibility is almost impossible.
So how can you buy a small excavator in China without any on-site inspection? Should we consider other factors besides price?

Selection of excavator suppliers

How to choose the right seller? There is no doubt that searching through the Internet is the right way. We can search through Google, Alibaba or made in China, the two best B2B websites in China. You can find hundreds of suppliers. How to choose?

Choose manufacturer or trader?

The advantages of choosing a factory are lower price and more detailed service, such as rippa machinery. In China, the number of real small excavator factories is far less than the traders who sell them. Many factories have better prices, services and attitudes towards customers than trading companies.
If you like working with factories, you can find them in Shandong Province, China. Shandong is China’s construction machinery manufacturing base. Rippa machinery, Komatsu and Shantui are all built here. In contrast, the excavator factory is mainly located in Jining City.

How to find reliable excavator suppliers?

There are many small trading companies with only one or two people. Some do well, but many small companies will disappear at any time. There is no guarantee to do business with them. How to avoid these problems and buy the most reliable small excavator? Here are some simple ways to tell you.

Check the company’s business license.

You can ask the seller for a business license to check the establishment time of the company. This will help you find companies that have been running for a long time.

Customs Data

In the customs data, there are trade data between Chinese companies and more than 20 countries. You can search the export status of the company you are tracking to confirm whether it is a normal production and business company.

Own website

This is very important. In China, establishing a qualified foreign trade website requires considerable funds. Some small companies do not have the funds and strength to create such a website. They usually spend a small amount of investment to make a website with poor experience, which is even inaccessible. Some sellers don’t even have a website.
Some powerful companies will have a perfect user experience website. A strong company will have an ideal user experience website. Sometimes, more than one website.

Alibaba supplier Report

The Alibaba supplier report provides validated data that enables you to gain insight into the list of approved suppliers. Of course, this is limited to Alibaba’s suppliers.

Video verification

You can view the seller’s factory and office scene through video call.

Help from Chinese friends

If you have a friend from China, you can ask him to help you check the seller’s information, which will be much more convenient.

Customer evaluation

Alibaba’s Chinese sellers will have a place to display customer comments. You can intuitively see the views of other buyers.

Identification of excavator quality

As the factories are concentrated in Jining City, one parts factory supplies to multiple excavator factories at the same time. The similarity of parts leads to similar appearance. It is difficult to judge the quality of the excavator from the appearance. You can query the excavator factory from the following aspects:
1. Hydraulic pump: the cast iron pump can resist the vibration caused by the strong power of the engine and better convert the power source. Cast aluminum pump has low impact resistance and poor power conversion.
2. Hydraulic cylinder: high-quality, high-pressure and heavy-duty hydraulic cylinder adopts high-precision quenching process, which can withstand better pressure and greater full load. The standard hydraulic cylinder is not quenched, with increased thickness and easy deformation.
3. Support shaft: it is not easy to bend after quenching. The common support shaft is thickened, not concentric, and can rotate without quenching.
4. Bulldozer plate: the 90 degree bulldozer plate is designed to push soil vertically outward. The soil should not be reversed. Ordinary 45 degree bulldozer plate is easy to overturn and affects walking.
5. Boom: the reinforced boom is not easy to break.
6. Chassis: adding tie rod design helps to make the track more closely fit the wheel and enhance the driving force.
7. Safety protection: it helps to improve operation safety.


Payment is also a matter of attention, especially when establishing a partnership for the first time. I would like to make recommendations to you in the following areas:
For small orders, Chinese machinery sellers rarely accept OA, and letter of credit is an appropriate method of payment.
Wire transfer payment is more common in China. You can choose 30% advance payment, and the rest will be paid through a copy of the bill of lading.
For those who plan to do long-term wholesale or sales business, you can try small orders first, and then arrange orders after you are satisfied.
If you have previously done business with Chinese companies or individuals, you can ask them to review the company’s situation and reduce risks.
Find a familiar freight forwarder, but the cost will be higher.

after-sale service

If you want to buy a small Chinese Excavator brand that can be repaired and sold locally, you have little choice. There are few overseas after-sales service points for small excavators in China, so you must be prepared. The warranty period is generally one year. Better sellers will promise you to extend the warranty period. During this period, we will actively solve quality problems and mail accessories.

In addition, you can pay attention to the following aspects:
Try to choose accessories with high market recognition.
The daily maintenance of the excavator shall avoid unnecessary damage.
The excavator itself is more convenient for maintenance. Ask the seller for the maintenance manual to understand the simple maintenance technology.
If you do your own business, find a supplier who can provide you with comprehensive support.
As a final reminder, excavators are usually transported by sea. According to different destination ports, the cost of large ports is lower, while small ports need higher transshipment cost. General transportation takes 20-50 days. Some sellers who advocate “free delivery” are just beginning. Chinese ports do not charge fees, and the cost of destination port is relatively high. If you plan to do long-term business in China, you also need to understand.

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