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Best Dozer Setup for Pioneer Cuts?

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by LetsPush, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. LetsPush

    LetsPush Member

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    Curious to see what y'all have found to be the best "mountain dozer" for building logging roads, pioneer cuts, ranch roads on steep, rugged terrain?
     
  2. Jakebreak

    Jakebreak Senior Member

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    We have a d5h with a 6 is way and rippers on it I love it. It seems to me that it’s the right size to get into some tight spots but have enough weight and power to move some dirt I like the 6 way cause it gives me an option for casting material off the side for benching in but that’s all I have ever used I have never used a regular or angle blade for pioneering a road other guys will probably chime in that have a lot more experience than me on what works best
     
  3. Bls repair

    Bls repair Senior Member

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    6 ways are nice till you get into cutting rock and ripping out big stump.
     
  4. John C.

    John C. Senior Member

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    My own preference was always a D6C or D with a straight tilt blade for pioneering work.
     
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  5. aog_allen

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    Here in northern california, my father built many roads with a D8 14A and 2U's, bought a D6H with an S/U blade and says it's by far the best, a hydraulic blade and diff steer make quick work. We had used a D7H which wasnt as nimble as the D6H, but it handled the rocks a lot better.
     
  6. Jakebreak

    Jakebreak Senior Member

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    That is the down side to having a 6 way
     
  7. R.D.G013

    R.D.G013 Well-Known Member

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    Semi U blade is probably most versatile and rugged.
     
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