Dozers for Dummies: How to Buy a Bulldozer

The purpose of a bulldozer is to push rubble, rock and dirt, usually on a building site, a farm, a mine or a quarry. The basic parts include a tractor, an engine, a set of tracks and a blade. A bulldozer is different from a backhoe, which is used for digging. A backhoe has a bucket extending from an articulated arm. In the United Kingdom, a backhoe is known as a JCB. The two terms, backhoe and bulldozer, are sometimes used interchangeably.

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What type of tractor do I need?

This will depend on what you want to use it for. If you are going to use it in a confined space, such as a mine, or for shifting snow, you will need a small bulldozer; this is sometimes called a calf dozer. For military use or for demolition, you may need one that has been fitted with armor.

Which make of bulldozer should I choose?

There are roughly twenty different brands. Most bulldozers for sale are made by three main manufacturers, John Deere, Caterpillar and Komatsu.

What attachments should I buy?

Again, this will depend on what you are going to do with your dozer. A ripper, for example, is a claw-like device that is mounted at the rear of the tractor. It is used to loosen materials that are tightly compacted. There are different types of ripper and different types of blade for different applications.


How much should I expect to spend?

Perhaps surprisingly, cheaper is not necessarily better. A 1988 John Deere 850B LGP in Tennessee may set you back anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000.

Where do I find bulldozers for sale?

New bulldozer equipment for sale may be found at dealerships, over the Internet or at a trade fair. If you are looking for second-hand bulldozer equipment for sale, checking an equipment auction is a great idea since they may offer a good piece of equipment at a decent price.

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