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Another question about Dozer models. This time Deere 700j

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by MattR, Dec 9, 2021.

  1. MattR

    MattR Well-Known Member

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    I posted a question a while back about a d6n replacing my d6c and old d7e. I've been talking with other contractors and doing some reading. We do a multitude types of work. Mostly opening up Forest Service Roads and General Excavating. But once in a while we do have some heavy hog work. Rock, large stumps big dirt. My plans were to eliminate both older dozers and get one newer one. And my thoughts at the time was a D6n. I understand that 6-way blades are not as forgiving for hog work, but I thought it would be a good choice as an all-around machine. I have since reconsidered my plan and I'm thinking of selling only my d6c and keeping the d7e around for the big hog work.

    So to replace the d6c I am now looking at three machines. Cat d6n, cat d5n, d6k and John Deere 700j. There's a local large contractor that has all of them and he said he prefers by far the 700j. I would really appreciate any of your input on this because to me it is kind of a big purchase. I'm really excited to get into something with a cab and radio after all the years on open stations also. Another question, I know 9000 is getting up there but would you be scared of a really nice 700j with 9000 hours? I'm looking at a real nice one now that definitely wasn't in rock or forest but it does have 9000 hrs. It's a really really nice shape otherwise.

    Anybody with experience with the 700j in particular, let me know your thoughts please. I like the idea that it's capable of doing some fine or trim work but I also needed to be able to do some mild hogging.

    Thank you again
     
  2. southernman13

    southernman13 Senior Member

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    I have no experience with the 700j but 2 different local dudes here say they don’t grade as good as their 650js. They claim they’re not as well balanced. I looked at one the other day but it was more than I wanted to spend. I’m sure it haha the ability to grade better than I can make it grade lol!
     
  3. farmerlund

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    I have had a 700J LT with a ripper for about 6 years. It has around 6,000 hours on it now. I think its a 2010-11. Mine has been a very reliable machine. The previoise owner took really good care of it and i have continued to do the same. Its had no major breakdowns, just some hoses and a few electrical components.
    They are very comfortable to operate and the visability is pretty good, mine has full cab with AC and heat. I think the ripper makes it very well balanced and the extra wieght helps. I would definitally buy one again.
    I have ran a couple newer Cats in the same size but not for enough time to really have an opinon one way or another.
    The higher hours wouln't really scare me if it has good records. Also depends what they were doing with it.
     
  4. MattR

    MattR Well-Known Member

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    Yep, they sure look like really nice machines and everyone I know that owns one Bragg's them up. I'm traditionally a cat guy myself, but as I'm getting older I'm starting to realize that whatever does the best job at an affordable price is the one I'm in love with now days. Thanks again. If anyone has more to add I certainly like to hear it
     
  5. farmerlund

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    I have a little of everything. couple Cat pieces of equipment. A Volvo excavator. The JD 700J. I had a Hyundai excavator for 10 years. They all break down at sometime. They all get the job done also.
     
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    Yes I also heard that a ripper or a winch on the back balances out makes it balance out very nicely. We had an 850 C which was a very nice tractor as well it was just too big used too much fuel and too heavy I think the 700 is a really good size but I’ve never owned one good luck
     
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