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Old 10-17-2013, 08:11 PM
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opinions on this dozer

Was perusing craigslist for equipment and came across this and thought the price seemed pretty reasonable. Now, I don't have a need at the moment for a dozer, but I have been asked for a few jobs that a dozer would definitely be needed on. I have the capability to move this thing around easily as it is spec'd at only ~14k lbs.

Main uses would be clearing some lanes on my property for a private range, backfilling after culvert pipe installations, light land clearing, and even possibly some rough grades for new developments.

Just wanted to pick your guy's brains on this as I have no experience with dozers, save running 1 once, a while back.



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Old 10-17-2013, 08:35 PM
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I'm not a big fan of the old Case dozers, they have some kind of goofy transmission, and the tilt cylinders are really exposed, bad weight balance.
I'd look for a Cat D3 of the same year.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:43 PM
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http://knoxville.craigslist.org/hvo/4133660563.html A bit of a drive but $8K cheaper.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:49 PM
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What are "high" hours for a dozer? I know like skid steers id stay away from anything much over 1k, but mini ex's dont necesarilly face the same abuse so slightly higher hours may be acceptable, but I have no idea about dozers.

That d3 you posted doesn't look to bad, has lgp tracks but the grousers look kinda worn from what you cans see in the pic.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:58 PM
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That D3 is a beauty, we had an older B+C models, they even have blade pitch turn buckles on top to get a sharper angle for cutting and heavy pushing.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:38 PM
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I would not want to buy a used dozer with over 6000 or 7000 hours. However, the most important thing to check is the undercarriage. If the undercarriage remaining life is under 60% or 70%, I would not buy it. An undercarriage/tracks rebuild, is mighty expensive.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:06 PM
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Plenty of Deere or Cat dozers that are newer and better machines for $19,000 or less.
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Plenty of Deere or Cat dozers that are newer and better machines for $19,000 or less.
Most of what I have seen is early 90's models for mid to upper 20's.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:22 PM
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Most of what I have seen is early 90's models for mid to upper 20's.
Comparing apples to apples, I believe the E series was early 90's vintage but a 550 is not quite a D3 size dozer. With that said, if you're finding Cat and Deere machines the same age but are larger for another $5K, that would be about par compared to this deal. Are you concerned with weight for transport?
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Yeah I've been watching that guy try to sell that dozer for a few months. He's had it on ebay and hasnt met reserve. I think he wants way too much money if you check what they've been bringing at Ritchie Bros and the like.
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