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My dad and I are looking for a late 70's to early 90's bulldozer for our farm. We are looking at a John Deere 450 or 550 or something similar. What is the best brand of dozers. I need something that in under like $20K, but in good condition. What should I be looking for when I find a dozer and which brand should I stay away from.

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Like trucks, it's mostly going to be personal opinion.

Until I was about 18, along with our other business', we also built our own parks, apartments, etc. We had 2 Komatsu's, one was prolly a late 70's and the other a late 80's. I can't recall the model's, but the older on had hand sterring (two levers on the dash). The newer one had foot steer. Both were used alot, and had little to no problems.

In 1998/9 we bought a Cat D5MXL, the first year they had the finger steer, and the seat sat at a 23* angle. We did not have that machine long, but it was nice!

Case makes a decent dozer as well, although we only had Case backhoes, with no real issues or complaints.

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case dozers are OK.....thats about it, deeres are real good, they hold there value to much tho. older Cats are real tough and easy to work on, just real proud of there parts witch makes them pricey......kamatsu is probibly the nices ride and controls, the parts are pretty well priced....just kinda hard to find sometimes

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My dad and I have found one without a ROPS for a very good price, but we will be cutting a road on a mountain. So can I make a ROPS cage for a dozer without a ROPS.

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We have a Komatsu D31P. Wide tracks and 10'(?) 6 way blade and joystick controls. We built a root rake for it as well. I haven't gotten a chance to work it yet, but not to bad to work on, when we were getting it ready to go after we bought it.

The seat sits really close for me. Had to raise it up and slide it back. Starts VERY well in the winter.

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I am really looking for a loader.

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if your crashin brush and bustin up rocky soil you are gona want a dozer, a loader is kinda useless for setting a grade. you almost need both for making roads. if you do most of the big stuff with the dozer , you can find a small tractor with a loader to do your finish grade and smoothing out.

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Track loaders are a big thing up north, we never had one in Ohio, but we did lease one. We brought it to FL. to clear our ranch, but as soon as we got here we figured out why nobody uses them.

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I always thought track loaders were pretty limited. Are you wanting a straight or angle blade? If your doing a lot of cutting I would stay away from the angle.

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Most of what we are doing is just leveling a few hills and playing around. If we get a loader I have an old snow blade that I will fab up to the front of the bucket so we can grade with. Of course the blade will need to be renforced really well.

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