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Old 09-18-2013, 12:24 PM
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John Deere 85D VS Caterpillar 308E

Had the pleasure of running both of these hoes for a couple weeks a piece about six months ago. Thought I'd post some videos and photos of both for comparison. I know most of you guys are sub the 6T if not 4T catergory, but I thought it might interest a few of you anyways.

First a Comparison Photo of the two contenders.




Now the test was conducted in the following way:


The Job. 4 kms (2.5miles) of live water main replacement (lots of blue brute) through a 30+ year old subdivision, two schools and 1 park. Replacement of the main as well as the water line right to the city shut off for each house on the property line. Asphalt was cut, then removed and trenching was done through this mine field. Tasks for the excavators included but were not limited too, removal of asphalt, excavation, loading of dump trucks, lifting valve chambers, steel road plates, pipe, fittings, hydrants, etc. Which Brings us to excavator number 1.

The John Deere 85D






The Caterpillar 308E





I've run out of time to do a write up, I'll finish this later with my thoughts on both machines and some real world data. Here's some Cat Video for the mean time.


http://youtu.be/LHRU2ILLTq8

http://youtu.be/9b-OzecOLaU
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:43 PM
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That's got to be the best comparision job site ever.
I'm also guessing the company had a huge profit margin since they were demo'ing and not renting. We did that a few times.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:29 AM
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They have 5 225d's all purchased over the last year and will have the first 245 Deere when it makes land fall. I also finished digging an entire month ahead of schedule. They do ok.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:23 AM
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Sounds like it would be quite the job. I have an 85D but haven't even spent 15 minutes running it. Operator says it's a great machine, has about 400 or so hours on it now. Does the top Window on the cat open or is it stationary like the deere?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:11 PM
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Very cool, can't wait to hear your thoughts we are going to be renting a 308 soon for a job and have been thinking about one in this class for a while to fill with gap between our 5k mini and the 315d. Really interested in the lifting ability and truck loading
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