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JD 350B Dozer/Crawler


 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There's a fairly decent-looking dozer for sale in a front yard in rural Wisconsin. I'm really interested in making an offer to use on my own property.

It is said to have about 2800 hours, a 3-cylinder diesel, and runs good. A 1971 vintage.

However, I know next to nothing about dozers. Can any of you experts out there suggest a few things to check out to make sure I'm not picking up a major money-pit?

Thanks in advance,

Mike
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

JD Crawler board has some very sharp people. Post your questions over there or do a search and you will find a lot on the 350B.

http://www.jdcrawlers.com/
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The weakest link on the dry steering clutch dozer/loaders are the steering clutches..You can test them for slippage if you pull a steering lever back and stand on the brake at the same time. The dozer should pull way down or stall if they're in working order.Try the other side too.. If the machine stops moving and engine rpm's remain high it's showing slippage in the oposite side that the lever is being pulled..Also check for cracks in the main engine frames.. These extend from the hard nose to the final drive housings..Look for broken / missing bolts associated with the frames and clutch housing side and underneath bolts..Check oil levels.. Reverser is the stubby dipstick directly underneath the air cleaner cover.. This only holds 9 qts. so make sure oil is up to snuff. Rear end oil is the dipstick on the floor by your left heel when sitting on the seat.. Most crawler sales are because of worn out undercarriages.. i.e. pins and bushings , broken worn track links, sprockets worn to a point, bottom rollers loose, track adjusters leaking/broken..front idlers loose/worn out...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:20 am    Post subject: Re: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don't trust the hour meter, especially for a 40+ year old machine.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is great input. Thank you. Let me know if you think of anything else.

Would be great if you contacted me directly by e-mail as I'd show you the link to the pics/listing. I'll be checking it out next weekend.

mwiskowski@wi.rr.com

Thanks again,

Mike
 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: JD 350B Dozer/Crawler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

them old 350 & 450 JDs were not very good the case of the same years were way better machines. must admitted never been a fan of JD
 
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