How to choose the right dozer
Industry experts offer buying tips for selecting your next dozer
When it comes to moving a lot of dirt in a hurry, heavy equipment contractors turn to a powerful machine to do that job: the crawler dozer. Long used for bulk earthmoving jobs, today's dozers are becoming more efficient and capable for precision grading work as well. Heavy Equipment Guide recently asked dozer experts to provide some advice for choosing your next dozer.
Nathaniel Waldschmidt, product marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment:
Business owners and fleet managers need to look closely at total cost of ownership. Pay attention to things like fuel efficiency, dealer support and technology compatibility. Business owners need to make sure that a machine is going to work with the telematics and machine control technologies that they currently have deployed throughout their existing fleet.
Jonathan Tolomeo, product marketing manager, Komatsu America:
Reliability, durability and uptime: customers have enough to worry about and we don't want them to have to worry about their dozer's uptime. Komatsu provides reliable, robust dozers with the industry's best undercarriage. The undercarriage is the highest owning and operating cost for any dozer, so to reduce O&O costs for our customers, Komatsu PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) is offered on all dozers. Komatsu PLUS undercarriage has proven itself in today's market with its long life and the best warranty in the industry. Additionally, all Komatsu dozer sales include KomatsuCare complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first 3 years/2000 hours of the machine.
Nathan Horstman, product marketing manager, crawler dozers, John Deere Construction & Forestry:
Versatility is important to keep in mind when selecting a dozer. The combination of a six-way blade, grade control and hydrostatic transmission increases the versatility of any dozer. This combination supports high productivity in all applications from rough grading to finishing. Six-way blades offer increased blade maneuverability and can be used in a wide range of applications. Grade control supports the experienced operator with the ability to hold consistent grade throughout the day and enables a novice operator to get up to speed quickly. The hydrostatic transmission gives the operator ultimate control over the dozer with the ability to fine tune ground speed for any application.
From an interview with Sam Meeker, product application specialist, Caterpillar:
Today's customers are looking for machines that handle heavy dozing, spreading, finish grading and more, and Cat has worked to make machines more productive in a range of applications. Efficiency is key to ensure the customer stays within their budget. Ease of use is important as well; comfort and design that help the operator do the job easier make for higher productivity in the end. Customers are asking for more technology, so Cat's new next-gen dozers come out of the factory with several standard technology features including such items as slope indication, slope assist, and Stable Blade to reduce the pitching of the blade as the tractor moves around. 3D grade technology is also a popular request from many customers.
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