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Bulldozers are used for moving, digging, and excavating large amounts of earth and soil. A large metal blade characterizes them on the front, moved by hydraulic arms and the tracks they run on, giving them traction with the ground. Some bulldozers come with rippers, an extended attachment in the rear resembling a claw that breaks up tough ground.

The three main types of bulldozers are crawler bulldozers, wheel bulldozers, and mini bulldozers:

  • Crawler Bulldozers: These bulldozers are the most common because their tracks lend better to working on uneven terrains requiring traction like mud or slippery surfaces.

  • Wheel Bulldozers: As the name suggests, wheel bulldozers have wheels instead of tracks. Wheel dozers are great for terrains like asphalt, grass, and other soft sensitive surfaces.

  • Mini Bulldozers: A mini bulldozer is just like a crawler but smaller allowing it to fit in tighter spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The factors that determine the cost of a bulldozer include the type of bulldozer (crawler, wheel, mini), types of blades used, and added safety features. A used bulldozer will cost anywhere from $40,000 - $1,000,000+.

  • Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, and Case are the most popular bulldozer brands.

  • Bulldozers are most commonly used for earthmoving large amounts of earth/soil, removing topsoil for roads filled with gravel, stripping surface vegetation for construction projects, pushing waste and brush to burn sites, and demolishing old structures.

  • Bulldozer weighs between 8 - 180 plus tons (16,000 - 360,000 lbs).

  • When operating a bulldozer, you want to avoid stalling the machine, track slip, and overloading the blade. It's essential to go through proper training before operating a bulldozer to fully understand how to control the direction of the machine, work the speed, reverse, and control the blade.

  • You can break bulldozers down into seven parts. Rippers, final drive, cab, tracks/tires, push frame, blades, and engine. When buying any bulldozer (used or new), you should look at the blades, rippers, and whether or not they use tires or tracks, as these features differentiate types of bulldozers the most.

    When looking at a used bulldozer, look at the full inspection report before making a buying decision. Therefore, the final drive is the most used and the most replaced part on the bulldozer. The cab should still be able to absorb shock and reduce sound.

  • There's no hiding from the fact that a bulldozer is a significant investment. Since there are only a few bulldozer manufacturers, you know a bulldozer from a brand like Caterpillar is reputable.

    Therefore, when buying a used bulldozer, the only question is, "Has this machine received regular and expected maintenance?"

  • The average salary for a bulldozer operator is $21.44, but experienced heavy equipment operators can make up to and sometimes over $100,000/year.

  • The steps to becoming a bulldozer operator are similar to becoming an operator for most types of heavy equipment. Potential operators are assessed by their intangible skills like vision, coordination, stamina, and reaction time. Bulldozer operators may need a CDL if the vehicle exceeds a certain weight or is used for more advanced industries.