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Considering a D8N

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by nicky 68a, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. nicky 68a

    nicky 68a Senior Member

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    Hello,I am considering buying a D8N to look a bit more in the 21st century than my D8H tractors.
    I know know nothing about them and am just starting to learn a few things about them.
    I wonder if any of you chaps could shed some light on them.
    Many thanks
    Nicky Lamb
     
  2. BuMach

    BuMach Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nicky,
    What kind of hours would you be looking for on the D8? Maybe it narrows some info on here.

    Cheers Meindert
     
  3. Tinkerer

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    I put thousands of hours on D8Ns Nicky, and a that many on D8Hs.The best thing you can do is get on one and run it. All the words and advice in the world cannot begin to let you know the difference. You will absolutely love the 8N. The differential steering is an amazing thing compared to clutches and brakes. No more sore knees. The speed of the blade tilt will also amaze you.
     
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    I have a lot of hours on a D8H/D8K and they are probably my favorite dozer.I have also run a D8N for a season and can't say that I would ever want to park it in exchange for one of the older ones although the N had a cab and A/C etc but they have good balance and are nimble,I think that you would like them as an operator.Ron G
     
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    One thing to remember is that the 8N is signficantly heavier than the 8H which could potentially lead to flotation problems if they were running the same width shoes, that's if flotation is a problem of course. Also will it run you into transport issues moving them from one job site to another..?
     
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    I hate to think of losing Nickys posts with all the pics of those old D8s he shares with us.Ron G
     
  7. nicky 68a

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    Thanks to all of your input chaps.
    The extra weight won't be much of a hassle to me but I think I need the later 5TJ series instead of the older 9TC?
    Something to do with the pumps incase I ever stick a box on it.
    I guess I would also consider an R series,but all that electric scares me.
    I can usually start old 8's up with a hammer,but reckon a new one might not be too happy with my technical knowledge of electrics!
    Ron,I will allways keep at least one old 8 and box mate.Don't worry.
     
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    What ever I can afford Meindert.I have littler Machinery looking through Europe as we speak.I am doing the deal through him as he has more experience than I do of importing.I have exported Dozers and motorscraper before though
     
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    D-8N's seem to have a long life. They are low enough on power that they do not hurt themselves.

    To really move into the new world, try an "R" model.

    Electrical on an early R is not bad, barely more than a N model. I believe that they are the best ever with a balance of production, reliability, and long life.
     
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    What ever I can afford Meindert.I have littler Machinery looking through Europe as we speak.I am doing the deal through him as he has more experience than I do of importing.I have exported Dozers and motorscraper before though
     
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    Very well put Tinkerer. Fair comment
     
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    Thanks Jerry.Will be asking my fitter about them tomorrow. An R series may also fit the bill
     
  13. Nige

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    Basically any model of tractor in that size class is rebuildable an infinitum provided the chassis is still good. The selling price will depend to a great extent on what stage in the rebuild process the tractor actually is. For example it could be recently rebuilt nose-to-tail and therefore attract a pretty high selling price. On the other hand it might be on its last breath and need a complete rebuild, therefore the selling price ought not to be much more than scrap price....

    I second Jerry's suggestion of widening your search to include the D8R because they have a bit more oomph than the N, on paper at least. Also they still are not all that electronic, and maybe the diff steer might be a bonus for you. Personally I don't like it apart from in certain conditions, but those conditions might just be what you're operating in.

    Here's a link to the specalog for the D8R ........ http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/content/Caterpillar/C785813
     
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    Personally on a blade I much prefer diff steer, what's not to like about being able to push through a curve with power to both tracks? They perform better on batters as well, and arguably are safer than clutches in that situation. Well, I'd argue it, anyway. On a box, no idea, that's outside of my pay grade, but someone on here will know.
     
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    IH, in mining where you're not working to fine tolerances the most usual method of steering is by using the blade tilt, i.e. dropping one corner. Diff steer is just something else to go wrong, and worse still it's inside the back end where you can't get at it without pulling the transmission.
     
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    no worries mate, there are a few around. they dont sell them that much here.

    I'm guessing the electrical on a D8 would be a bit simpler and better then on the D6N's (not that they have a lot off issues, atleast not at my costumers) but the D8 is more "mining tough" build. (or is it just my toughts?)
    also the undercarrage is pretty smooth (as much as it can) with the boogie system.

    if you want a EU machine, maybe give Ligro trading (they know there stuff!) or Smitma trading a call (i line-bore for them)

    Goodluck with the search and looking forward to see some pics from the new work horse:drinkup
     
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    From memory diff steer were more expensive to rebuild than a clutch & brake machine, but without digging I couldn't say by how much.
     
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    Think the 8 N, R and T only ever came out with Diff steer, clutch/ brake steering was never available on them.
     
  20. nicky 68a

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    I have littler Machinery on the trail for me?and I'm sure he will know of those chaps.
    Thanks for nod.I will take a look at their web