opinions on this dozer

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by PTSolutions, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    I kept seeing that dozer the further back I went through the postings. So yea, some reason its not selling.

    Not necesarilly concerned with weight unless we are closing in to 20-25k. My main concern would be to keep a smaller dozer for the type of work I want to pursue. I cant compete with the local companies for larger work as they have equipment and their rates are crazy low. I want to shoot for smaller niche work which is why a 13-20k dozer would be better suited.
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    If you're trying to stay under 20K, then a 3 is a no brainer and you could get into a 5 as well. Honestly, I wouldn't own a dozer smaller than a 3, which this 550 is. And if I really had my choice, I wouldn't own anything less than a 5. The footprint difference between a 3 and 5 is moot and you gain ponies and weight. Don't be afraid of a C series Cat or a G series Deere, they may be older but they're almost as productive as the new gear.
  3. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I've got 12,000+ hours on Case 550 dozers. I've owned E, G, and H models. You won't find a better machine for fine tune grading in tight lots, plus they have very good power to weight ratio and push as good or better than a D3 or 450G. The 4T-390 was a very good motor that Case ran in several machines for a long time. Great visibility all around the machine too. Having switched to a hystat, they are much easier to operate all day, every day...but for how if you're comparing apples to apples, dollar to dollar, a 550 would be my choice hands down over a G series Deere or C series Cat. The price on that machine is fair, if you could get it for $15K it would be a deal. The H models might be out of the price range but have more refinements. G models were probably the most popular, so you might see more around. I would stay under 5K hours. Like anything else, it's how it was taken care of.

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