Your first consideration when buying a used dozer should be the tasks you need it for. The bulldozer you need for a construction job is different than the one you'd use for demolition. You might need a dozer with a ripper to tear up the ground or one with a blade that can help you move heavy loads. Consider what the landscape of your work is like and what tasks you'll need your dozer to accomplish.
Different dozer styles lend themselves to different jobs. The three primary types of bulldozers are:
So, what should you look for when buying a dozer? The type of blade you use will also need to change according to your project. You can use the following blades with most dozers, though different industries can have specialized blades with features unique to that environment:
As you start the process of buying a used dozer, you'll find a wide variety of options available — but, not all sellers are created equal. Generally, you can purchase a dozer from a private seller, an auction or a reputable dealer:
Make sure you are able to get as much information on the bulldozer as possible, such as the hours of use, any repairs or part replacements and other necessary data. With the improvement of online shopping options, you can often find this data on the dealer website, along with photos.
Inspection is a vital part of picking a used dozer. It can alert you to problems the seller might not be aware of or is trying to hide. If you're not confident in your own ability to inspect a dozer appropriately, consider bringing along someone who can. Here are some indicators of what to look for when buying a used bulldozer:
Maintenance is critical to the life of a used dozer, both before and after you buy it, but perhaps more so in its later years. Be sure to keep up with preventative maintenance tasks, including:
When you work with your local Cat® dealer for servicing and maintenance, you can even improve the resale value of your bulldozer with extensive records, original Cat parts and preventative maintenance. Maintenance can both extend the life of your dozer and improve its efficiency. Plus, you can prevent safety issues if you identify problems as soon as possible.
Cat dozers are built to last and are one of the most popular brands on the used market due to their longevity. We offer everything from as-is machines to Cat Certified Used equipment, which is low-hour, well-maintained and backed by a Cat warranty, so you can be confident in its performance.
Our representatives can help you find the best used dozer for your work, budget and business. Whatever the job, we can help you find a used Cat bulldozer that can get it done. Take a look at our dozer offerings today for more details.