Purchasing second-hand machinery is a great way to reduce capital expenditure. But assuming the machinery is clean and pest-free is risky from a biosecurity perspective.
Whether the machinery has been used in vineyards or other environments, soil and plant material is likely to be present and is often invisible to the eye. This soil or plant material could carry harmful pests, diseases or weeds onto your property.
As a grower you should always inspect equipment for yourself and thoroughly clean any second-hand machinery before you use it.
In this face sheet, we outline the steps you should take to ensure your used machinery is biosecure, particularly if you’re purchasing from interstate.
*Updated September 2021