John Deere 85D VS Caterpillar 308E

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by DirtMerchant, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.

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    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

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    The Caterpillar 308E

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    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
     
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  3. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  4. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  5. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
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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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  6. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
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    Hey DM, you never finished your review.
     
  7. coopers

    coopers LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ^what he said...curious on your thoughts.
     
  8. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 LawnSite Member
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    personally i have run deere and cat mini excavators i have a few hundred hours on a deere 50zts and a cat 305 both newer machines and some large excavators and i do not see or feel much of a difference other than i like the deere controls and cab much more
     
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
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    Was curious because we are in talks over a 308e2 cr with hyd coupler, & thumb.
     
  10. 2004F550

    2004F550 LawnSite Senior Member
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    we are coming up on two months rental into our 308e with thumb and long stick with coupler, the most impressive aspect is the trenching production compared to our 5ton minis and the least impressive is the lifting ability where it runs out of power long before it runs out of stability over the blade. It is however a very productive machine for trenching and loading triaxles as we have experienced. We still have not decided if we are going to do the purchase option, it is a big $ increase over a 5-5.5ton mini.
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