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The Ultimate Small Dozer

craig60

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california
Remarkable machine! Predecessor, but dissimilar to a compact track loader.
I use to have an old D-4 to keep the ranch roads open with. It got old and tired. Then I rented a Case 450 for a week to work on the roads. Then I rented a D-3 to work on the roads. Just wanted to have my own dozer again to clean up and maintain the roads with when ever I wanted and not wait until there was a lot of work to do to rent one to make it worth while. I like that I can haul the 9,000 lb dozer myself.
 

craig60

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Feb 24, 2011
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california
The predecessor to the SWACO I believe. These are used to make trails on public lands out here in the west.
Its Sweco.... and yes it is. Partner ship split and they are both (Sweco and Sutter) are still building the trail dozers. I know they are for building trails, I've been wanting one for over 20 years.
National Forest and BLM buy a lot of them.
 

Willie B

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Mount Tabor VT
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Electrician
I'm old.
As a child, I drooled, wanting a Case backhoe loader. Before the first of these were bulldozers, & very small hoes. George Connors built a military surplus every wheel drives truck, added a Bantam hoe. He was the dominant machine digger locally.
Donald Edmunds bought new the first Case Construction King. He dominated the new home business locally. Like everyone else, his truck was a clapped out town truck. He didn't own a trailer. Hook the loader bucket over the tailgate, drive carefully.
 

CM1995

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First of all I am not a dozer expert by any means but have owned a few. Our new D3 (formerly the D5K) is one fine small dozer. Cat refined their small dozer line as they were falling behind with the G and K series IMO which resulted in a very well balanced finish tractor.

Ours is LGP so that has something to do with balance. Speed is infinitively proportioned along with power to the ground. Only have 300 hours on it and of course it has a lot of electronics so time will be the true judge.

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cuttin edge

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NB Canada
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First of all I am not a dozer expert by any means but have owned a few. Our new D3 (formerly the D5K) is one fine small dozer. Cat refined their small dozer line as they were falling behind with the G and K series IMO which resulted in a very well balanced finish tractor.

Ours is LGP so that has something to do with balance. Speed is infinitively proportioned along with power to the ground. Only have 300 hours on it and of course it has a lot of electronics so time will be the true judge.

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Our D4K is a dandy little tractor, so If this is an improvement, it should be great
 

DGODGR

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Dec 18, 2009
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S/W CO
First of all I am not a dozer expert by any means but have owned a few. Our new D3 (formerly the D5K) is one fine small dozer. Cat refined their small dozer line as they were falling behind with the G and K series IMO which resulted in a very well balanced finish tractor.

Ours is LGP so that has something to do with balance. Speed is infinitively proportioned along with power to the ground. Only have 300 hours on it and of course it has a lot of electronics so time will be the true judge.

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That's a good looking dozer CM! I wish mine looked that nice.
Based on the amount of paint still on the cutting edges, the machine in the picture doesn't look like 300 hours just yet. I assume this was taken within the first day or two.
 

CM1995

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That's a good looking dozer CM! I wish mine looked that nice.
Based on the amount of paint still on the cutting edges, the machine in the picture doesn't look like 300 hours just yet. I assume this was taken within the first day or two.

DG that pic was taken when it rolled off the lowboy new back in April. Might have had 30 hrs on it.

Haven't used it alot it has 300+ on it now.
 

cuttin edge

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DG that pic was taken when it rolled off the lowboy new back in April. Might have had 30 hrs on it.

Haven't used it alot it has 300+ on it now.
Does it have the blade shaker? Our 4 does, and it's the craziest thing I have ever seen.
 
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