Dozer vs skid and laser box

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by treemover, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,602

    Pretty much this
    The homeowner just doesn’t have the discerning need for that level of exact grade.

    If you already have the attachment for jobs where it’s required, go for it!
    But it not “necessary” for residential landscape work
  2. jmacd

    jmacd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    We own a track skid steer, laser best grading box, Deere 450H dozer and a Deere 650J dozer.
    Residential work like garage floors or driveways a skid steer on its own is plenty. Large yard install a dozer to grade and skid steer to power rake it and pick up spoils.
    Commercial floor like 10,000 sq ft a dozer with a simple laser set up to push the material around and get it with in a couple inches of grade. Then the skid steer with laser best to finish with in .25 on inch. It’s that good.
    Any parking lots a dozer, stick laser, string lines to get all the typical elevations done properly. The skid steer with laser best is not efficient in that work. It’s best moving less than a foot of loose material on flat floors or single slopes.
    On a large flat floor it is amazing how fast a laser best works but those jobs are not available every day.
    A skid steer does not cut to fill existing material very well to grade no matter how big it is compared to a small dozer with a blade.
    I guess it all depends on what you are doing or what you want to do more off. I would say that a good source of commercial work to justify a dozer is a plus. Then you will need a wheel loader, dump trucks, roller, and always a bigger excavator lol
    Be cautious when buying cheap dozers then can cost a lot of money to repair and you should know what to look for before you buy.

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