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Suggestions for a used grader?

Discussion in 'Motor Graders' started by Allterra, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Allterra

    Allterra Well-Known Member

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    I am new to the forum, so hello all! I am looking for a used grader in the $25,000 price range. Even this is a stretch right now, but I have a customer that wants me to sign a maintenance contract on 7 miles of gravel road for a year. I have been looking at JD 770s in the late 70s, early 80s model year. Is there anything I need to be aware of with these machines? Is te 600 series any better? Cats seem to be too expensive and I like the JD controls better. Any other brands I should look at? Thanks for your help,

    Steve
     
  2. Allterra

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    Just talked to the local Deere service rep he said try for a b series, or go down to a 570? Do you guys think a 570 would be enough to get the washboards out? (within a reasonable amount of time)
     
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    Where in Wyoming are you located at, I know a guy who is toying with getting rid of his blade...
     
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    I would look at a Cat 12 E or F series. Granted, they are not hydraulic but they are an excellent machine and parts are available.
     
  5. Allterra

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    Greg:
    I agree with you that the old 12's were great machines.....and I only ran one once but i still remember the pain. you cant just ease the controls!!!
     
  7. Allterra

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    What make of machine?
     
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    It's a CAT 12, I want to say a late 70's or 80's G model. I can get some information for you on it if you'd like.
     
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    personally I'd like to get the machine, but we're not quite into road building/maintaining, and iron just sitting around isn't the best for the checkbook
     
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    JD 570 is a nice machine. I had a 570A once & it was a nice grader to work with.
     
  11. D&GExcavating

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    I would look at a 12F. We had one for many years and it was a great machine! It was very reliable. The only reason we got rid of it was it was getting worn out a little sloppy and to upgrade to a 140G. You can put a lot of hours on those machines without problems.
     
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    th deere's were solid machines but I'd also look at a little newer (lat 80's early 90s) dresser for about the same price. We've had good luck with the dressers and guys seem to like them.
     
  13. Allterra

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    Andoman,
    I have been looking at them also. dresser and gallon is the same right? Also kamatsu?
     
  14. Allterra

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    Thanks

    Hey thanks for the great input and keep it coming if you would. For those of you who are suggesting Caterpillars I find that they are twice as much for the same year and size class. Are they really that much better? I have to stay within my budget which puts me in the 20-year old range. For those of you who have run 570s, are they heavy enough to cut out washboards in recycled base? Anybody have any input on 670Bs Deere?

    Steve
     
  15. Allterra

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    you guys are in the cody area? do you know what he wants for the 12g?
     
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    fiat allis is also very good, try and get a powershift and it will make it much easier
     
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    one of the problems with the A series was the electric over hydraulic controls. nice when they work but expensive to replace when they go bad
     
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    Nick... Fiat....really. We used to have a old farm tractor that was a fiat. Not the best one we had and impossible to get parts for in our area...but a grader might be different and with the internet parts are only a clik away.
    Biggrader...The shop forman I talked to said the same thing...stay away from the 670, 770 A models, he said the 570 never used the electric controls.

    my customer is trying to get me another subdivision so now I am looking at 15 miles of road 3 or 4 times a year. I am thinking bigger might be better???
     
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    personally, I think a 570 is too small. How wide a road will u be working on? Have many hrs on a 770bh. good machine,imo:my2c
     
  20. Allterra

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    The darn thing is almost 30 feet wide