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    Bell scraper tractor

    has anyone seen on of these Bell's working in there area???

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    CASE

    Can't Attempt Serious Excavation

    Can't Afford Something Else

    Can't Accomplish Stupid Exercises

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    I think there made by Deere just by looking at them.

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    Bell owns 32% of Deere. so Bell makes the deere trucks
    CASE

    Can't Attempt Serious Excavation

    Can't Afford Something Else

    Can't Accomplish Stupid Exercises

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    All of there stuff looks the same as Deere on there site IMO. I don't even see Deere’s out here and never even heard of Bell until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9420pullpan
    Bell owns 32% of Deere. so Bell makes the deere trucks
    I think Deere owns 32% of Bell...

    Dozerboy, the reason you see them as being so similar is because they are identical as 9420 has pointed out. The Bell 40D is the Deere 400D and so on down the line. When Deere decided to get into the ADT business, it chose a partner rather than develop a line all its own. For that matter, Bell wasn't ever a huge player in the US market (it's an Australian company), but they have a very good product.

    If you go to Europe, the same is true for Hitachi ADTs.
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    I think Volvo builds a better articulated truck than any of them. What has happened to Moxy?
    Pin it to win it

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    Moxy's still building trucks. Still got something of a marketing organization here in North America, but I can't vouch for how effective it is.

    Bell's from South Africa.

    Here's our most recent roundup on articulated trucks, from June of last year. It details some of the similarities and differences between the various brands:

    http://www.constructionequipment.com.../CA605534.html

    and the gallery of brief reviews of each manufacturer's product line:

    http://www.constructionequipment.com.../CA605793.html

    And here's a Field Report on that Bell construction tractor with the crazy ATI tracks:

    http://www.constructionequipment.com.../CA457224.html

    ADios

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    i have ran the bell scraper tractor and they are not my cup of tee, they are fast but load like crap, they have the power but no traction, the one i ran had tires not tracks, not sure if the tracked version is any better, it did have the mercedes diesel with i beleive around 450 horsepower

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    tracks make a night and day difference on these tractors. i think you'd like it better......... all the traction you'd ever need plus a better ride

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    Question John Deere Trucks

    We have a John Deere 350C truck. I was wondering if anyone had any comments on them? Our truck has approx 8000 hours. She is tough to start when temps are below 50 deg. fer. and I most definetly do not like the full time engine brake (throttle pedal only with no disconnect). Is the Mercedes engine good, or should we be looking for another truck? Thanks for your help.

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    Welcome to Heavy Equipment Forums joedirt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joedirt View Post
    We have a John Deere 350C truck. I was wondering if anyone had any comments on them? Our truck has approx 8000 hours. She is tough to start when temps are below 50 deg. fer. and I most definetly do not like the full time engine brake (throttle pedal only with no disconnect). Is the Mercedes engine good, or should we be looking for another truck? Thanks for your help.

    Full time engine brakes are the best that’s a lot of weight to stop and Mercedes makes good diesels. That said I have no experience with JD ADT's so that just my general observation.

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    bell tractor coment

    everyone i talked to said they would rather have a 4 wheel drive tractor beause that the bell tractors and simuliar ones always break down

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    Bell tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesbrokman View Post
    i have ran the bell scraper tractor and they are not my cup of tee, they are fast but load like crap, they have the power but no traction, the one i ran had tires not tracks, not sure if the tracked version is any better, it did have the mercedes diesel with i beleive around 450 horsepower
    Was the one you ran the one that was south Nebraska Machinery in Omaha for a few weeks?? I saw one out there and wondered who's it was. I ran one in Kansas City on a job and didn't think it had any traction along with being ruff riding.

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    John Deere Trucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Dozerboy View Post
    Full time engine brakes are the best that’s a lot of weight to stop and Mercedes makes good diesels. That said I have no experience with JD ADT's so that just my general observation.
    Thanks for the reply Dozerboy. We must be the only guys on the forum that run John Deere dump trucks.

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