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The Ultimate Medium Dozer?

Discussion in 'Dozers' started by Steve Frazier, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. LG 78

    LG 78 Well-Known Member

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    Id just like to get hydraulic track adjusters on my D7 17a and I think I would be happy as with her. Great machine to do maintenance on everything was made to be pulled apart with ease, and a beaut to operate so long as you have a 15 knot cross wind to get the dust out of your eyes. Also has a nice big seat to crash out on at afternoon smoko time while shes cooling down a bit too
     
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  2. RollOver Pete

    RollOver Pete Senior Member

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    It's been 12 years since I first responded to this tread.
    12 more years of all kinds of abuse has worn my body down.
    I ran my first CAT 2U in 1978. I remember the owner always talked very loudly and walked like a bent up pretzel. He'd tell me to slow down and take it easy on my back.
    I can remember thinking to myself, " shuddup you grumpy old man. You dont know what you're talking about." Boy was I wrong.
    So after 42 years of operating, repairing and moving equipment, I gotta say that.. you were right Elmer. I should have listened. Now my only real concern is a comfortable seat and finding a way to easily and safely climb down off of a machine, any machine while I wait to regain feeling in my hands and legs.
    And to think that once upon a time I used to make fun of those grumpy old timers with their crooked backs and bent legs as I watched them crawl off of their open cab machines.
    Now I am that grumpy old timer.:cool:
     
  3. DMiller

    DMiller Senior Member

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    We all become those grumpy old men
     
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  4. boaterri

    boaterri Well-Known Member

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    We all become twisted old men, grumpy is optional.
     
  5. Gradechecker

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    Cat d6k or a deere 750/700k lgp
     
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  6. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    I liked the early D5 high track LGPs, I forget the model but Ceccanti had one on Mchchord AFB and I did a lot of prep ahead of the grader crew, during the C17 expansion.
     
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  7. Welder Dave

    Welder Dave Senior Member

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    I've got over 10 compression fractures in my back laying in a hospital bed right now. I should have hopped back in the skid steer. LoL I think I should start chain smoking and drinking like fish because some of those grumpy guys live well into their nineties with no serious ailments.
     
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  8. John Shipp

    John Shipp Senior Member

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    Sounds nasty Dave, did you drop in a hard hole, or an accumulation of holes catching up with you? Good luck bouncing back.
     
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  9. Tarhe Driver

    Tarhe Driver Well-Known Member

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    How's it going, Welder Dave?

    A South Georgia fan 8s asking.

    Neill
     
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  10. Welder Dave

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    I'm just done. I'm trying to be positive but if I passed away I'm OK with it. Not trying to be negative but it's the honest to god truth. I feel like a paralyzed and sore old man. Just being rid of the pain and uselessness I feel would be a comfort. It's hard to explain. I'm fighting but the thought of no pain not a care in the world and just going to sleep is really refreshing.
     
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  11. Tarhe Driver

    Tarhe Driver Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the reply, Dave. Sometimes its hard for a hard-working person to just relax and let the meds and the medical mechanics do their jobs. We know you have excellent care, so just relax as you can and let them work. If your mind gets too active with worry, try counting to yourself as follows: 10, 1, 9, 2, 8, 3, 7, 4, 6, 5. When you've mastered that, add 10 to each number, then 30. It should bore you to sleep. I use it all the time to de-stress.

    Neill
     
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  12. Thomas C Loiselle

    Thomas C Loiselle New Member

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    Cat D7 by far. Very versatile. Can still do finishing work while doing major ground breaking work at the same time.
     
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  13. Flat Thunder Channel

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    I got an opportunity to operate a CAT D5G. It's a smaller machine, but still very powerful. It's handy because you don't need a lowboy trailer to move it around. You can move it to site with a medium duty truck / dump truck and an equipment trailer.

    I don't have much authority on dozers. This was the first machine I got to operate. I had a blast! Only problem is now I want one!

    Check it out:
     
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  14. GoldsmithDozers

    GoldsmithDozers New Member

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    My baby is the CAT D6T, :) I have logged hundred of hours with her, every chance I get I would be out playing in the dirt. Seth would get mad sometimes cause I be out playing instead in the office working. I am anxious to jump in the D9, it's always out on projects though. One day when it comes back, Id like to take it for a spin out in the back pasture.
     
  15. westwing

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    A brand new D7G and I’d be very happy ! Best tractor in that range for me!
     
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  16. Flat Thunder Channel

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    I don't know if I could put a brand new machine to work. I wouldn't want to scratch the paint! o_O

    Bring on the old iron! It's all I can afford.
     
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  17. DMiller

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    Only new until first scratch, then beat on it like a drum!!!
     
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  18. DozerPlowBoy

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    The perfect medium size dozer for me would have a bogie undercarriage, Load sensing, low effort hydraulic system, comfortable and adjustable air seat, Quite cab with lots of open view, Integrated GPS, hydraulic belly pans, differential steering, super efficient/durable IVT transmission that gets all the power to the ground, High track.
     
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  19. hseII

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    To this day anything Caterpillar & “E” model gets avoided at all cost due to a particular Power Shift D7E that nearly sunk dad.

    30 years later & Pops still has the serial in his head from all the trips to Yancey to get that devil back moving.

    8 hrs from purchase it got a new engine.
    10 hrs later a new transmission. Then a new TC.
    Then some additional cooler work. And so on & so on until it was on the float to Mobile Bay.


    We are certain there are some Colombians in Columbia that have a hit out on us due to us selling that machine to a Central American broker who sent it to Columbia.

    Now here I sit on this rainy Tuesday wanting to buy a TD15E for a good all a rounder & wondering how much pushback I’m going to get on it because it has an E in the model number.
     
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  20. Welder Dave

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    Maybe E stands for expensive?
     
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