2.Great when crawler ownership works out in your favour, but for those aspiring/new to "aged" crawler ownership it's remains a potential minefield of down time & escalating costs- not suggesting it can't prove viable though it's generally the exception, & owning/operating any "aged" crawler can be exponentially more costly/problematic than owning/operating an aged wheeled ag tractor, vehicle, backhoe or even an excavator...etc....& repaing a crawler is whole different ballgame (from recovery.....to workshop requirements ...to skillset, craneage, tools..etc)
MtnViewRanch, how about a picture of your little crawler?
I somewhat diasgree about the D7 size comment. I work in heavy industry (gas and oil) and we never use anything bigger than a D8. There is just to much cost associated with moving bigger iron that it doesn't make sense to be lugging it around. We do however contract out all of our dirt work and the D6 is by far and away the most popular size followed by a D5 and then the D8 shows up for the largest projects. One contractor swears by a little case dozer for doing his finish grading on his projects. His machines even have the GPS system on them, but he was trained old school and finishes by the seat of his pants.
I will have to agree with RedNeckRacin. I would also say that the D6,D7,D8 series tractors are very popular. They are also very good for land clearing and used Highly as the main series tractor on pipeline work. I know this to be true because of past pipeline experience. As RedNeckRacin said the D6 and D7 are easy to move especialy the D6. These size tractors have the B***S to move dirt and do hillside work ,along with clean up.Ive run all of these series and like he said i was taught to run by the *** of my pants. You wont go wrong with any of these tractors. I personally like the deere line of small dozers. they are top notch IMO.
That really looks good:thumbsup::)