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OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts for Your CAT Backhoe

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts for Your CAT Backhoe

Posted by Broken Tractor on Dec 16th 2020

When choosing parts for a backhoe repair, it can save you money to know the differences between original and aftermarket parts.

The choice between new and aftermarket parts (or even used parts) largely depends on your budget and needs. Different repairs may require different kinds of parts. The three categories of parts for your CAT backhoe are below.

  • Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are exactly what the manufacturer made for the backhoe, and are of the same quality as the original parts.
  • Aftermarket parts tend to be cheaper, made by other manufacturers, and have more options to choose from.
  • Used parts may have a little weathering, but the used parts from Broken Tractor are in good enough condition to use in your repair. These tend to be the cheapest parts to acquire.

Whichever kinds of parts you choose will also depend on the type of repair you need it for, as well as the pricing and quality of the part. Regardless of what type you get or where you receive the parts, you should always check to ensure that a warranty is present.

Caterpillar backhoe body repairs

When you’re trying to do a backhoe body repair, the quality of the replacement parts matter. With aftermarket parts, you’ll want to make sure that the part fits correctly, and that it has the appropriate amount of weather-proofing. At Broken Tractor, you can count on us for high-quality aftermarket parts that will fit the body of your Caterpillar backhoe.

Mechanical CAT backhoe repairs

If you need an engine or transmission for your CAT machine, aftermarket parts can also help. These important pieces of equipment can often be reverse-engineered to be better than original parts. 

Where can you find OEM or aftermarket backhoe parts for your CAT machine?

The options you’ll have when shopping for parts also depend on the nature of the repairs and who repairs your machine. Mobile tractor and backhoe repair shops may be able to offer you a choice between OEM and aftermarket parts, and if you DIY to fix your broken parts or machine, you’ll be able to shop around on your own.

Depending on where you buy CAT parts from, the cost of OEM versus aftermarket parts will differ. If you’re able, look online for the best pricing on both so you can make the best decision for your needs. If you have trouble figuring out the right part that you need, our backhoe experts can help you. Contact us today, or start shopping now!

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