If you use a bulldozer regularly in your business, you are probably thinking of buying one. If you are involved in road building, construction, surface mining, forestry, land clearing, or infrastructure development, they are a good investment. A bulldozer is a tractor unit with a blade and a ripper at the front which pushes, shears, cuts and rolls material in front of the tractor. It is the perfect earth-moving machine.
This is the million-dollar question. What are your requirements? Will you be using the bulldozer regularly or will you only need it intermittently? If you plan to use it for most of your projects, it may benefit you to buy one although you will have to take into account the price of a bulldozer. As you can probably imagine, they aren’t cheap. However, you can always rent out your bulldozer when you aren’t using it. The advantages of renting are that you can get the latest models and choose what size of bulldozer you need for the job.
The first decision you have to make is the size of the bulldozer. If you think that you will mainly be using the bulldozer on rough terrain, you will need a larger bulldozer. However, you will need to understand that a larger bulldozer can’t be used on softer terrain. Check what the hydraulics are like. They are responsible for the power and performance of the machine and if you are going to use the bulldozer for heavy-duty tasks, you will need a machine with a good hydraulic system. It is important to get a bulldozer with the right undercarriage for the work you are going to undertake. If you want the machine for landscaping or construction, you should get a bulldozer with a standard undercarriage. If you want to use the bulldozer on rough terrain, you will need a heavy-duty undercarriage. It will have steel plating for extra strength. The next thing to check is the cab. It needs to be roomy and comfortable. Air conditioning and heating are helpful. Your operator might be in the bulldozer all day and if he or she feels comfortable productivity will be increased.
If you are buying a second-hand bulldozer, you will need to check for cracks and dents in the machine. Also, look for loose connections as these could affect the machine’s accuracy. Check the undercarriage for dents or damage as this could be a sign of internal damage. Inspect the hoses, cylinders, and lines for leaks. There will be an hour meter. If the bulldozer has about 5000 hours left, it will still have a good life span. It is also useful to find out if it is easy to get spare parts for your bulldozer and if you can get it serviced easily.