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Richard E Gwinn
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:23 am    Post subject: looking for old cat dozers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello, I am looking for an old cat dozer for maintaining my road on my farm in West Virginia. The road is approximately one mile to my house but there are several more roads to be kept up as well. I also have one large pond to take care of and two smaller ones as well. The large pond has a lot of silt and build up in it right now. I estimate that the mud is at least 4 or 5 feet deep in it. I am not really sure how to go about cleaning it out. I kind of thought it will have to be drained and then maybe use a clam shell sort of scoop to get the crap out of it. It will be a huge job so I have to try and do as much as I can myself. The pond is about two achers in size. I would like a dozer with good power and a angle hydraulic blade if possible. I like the d6 9u cats with the hydraulic on it. Maybe a d7e cat dozer would be fine too, like the military use to have. If anyone has anything like this please contact me. Thank you very much. Richard E Gwinn. Phone for me is. 301-460-4635,,,
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: looking for old cat dozers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To clean out the ponds, I think you'll need an excavator with long reach or a dragline. A 2 acre pond is HUGE! Even if you pump all the water out, you'd need month's for it to dry and no rain in the forecast. Do you really need a cat to maintain an existing road? For the stuff you want to do, I'm not sure a cat is the best machine because you'd need something in pretty good shape and a mile long driveway is going to wear the undercarriage faster as well as being slow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: looking for old cat dozers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Agree with Stick, the pond is going to need something other than a dozer. The roads you might be better off with a grader. Old graders, say something from the 60's, go pretty cheap and rubber wears a lot better than steel. If you mean road building that's something else again.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: looking for old cat dozers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would agree, with the below, for roads, might consider a grader, or a tractor equipped with a heavy duty box blade or similar.

For the pond, by your mention of a dragline or clamshell, obviously you know thats no place for a dozer, even an LGP, unless it dries considerably, thats a tough call, there are long reach excavators out there for this work. These size track type tractors are heavy and will certainly sink in soft ground, which I know from experience.

I do recall that there were quite a few D7's going reasonably on government auctions in the past, but its been quite some time, they were around 10K each, low hours, but as is, and the buyer has to determine what they are getting into, some can be cannibalized or similar. I think I saw a really nice surplus D7G, almost N.O.S. on ebay, but he wanted like $195,000.00, that kind of money, though they were good tractors, I'd have to go for something much newer.

If my memory serves me correct, or it was close to the E series D7, on some of those, there may be a concern with the transmission, one series may be more desirable than the other, in that era mid/late 60's, I just do not recall the details, I believe both were power shift, the direct drive models with oil clutches were always just about bullet proof.

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