Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39
  1. #1
    New Member BigJim's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    18
    Location
    NW Missouri
    Tractor
    JD 5425

    Default Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    Okay, so here's the deal. I've got this good-sized dam on my property that needs to go away because it leaks, the mud-puddle it holds back is a mosquito-infested eyesore, and I could use a nice pasture in its place. A local operator quoted me $6500 to do the work and the wife says I should let him. But that's not how I see it.

    I'm one of those guys that just hates to farm out something I would enjoy doing on my own. The way I figure it, life is really short; if you don't have some fun, you're no better off than a still-born. So I got this crazy idea that I should buy a dozer and tear out the dam myself. Besides, I have plenty of other small dozer projects that I could do if only I had a dozer.

    The trouble is that I can't see this making any financial sense at all. The perfect-world idea would be that I could buy a used dozer in decent shape, put about 200 hours on it, then sell it for a little less than I paid for it. A great idea, but probably not a realistic one.

    For starters, the idea is most likely mathematically impossible. Suppose I bought a new machine, let's say something in the D5/650/D39 class, probably for $160K or thereabouts (not that I have that kind of money, but just suppose). How much less is that new machine worth the minute I purchase it? $50K? $60K? Remember, an item is only worth what YOU can sell it for, NOT what you had to pay for it. The dealer certainly isn't going to give you anything close to even a used price on a brand new dozer when you go to sell it. He's going to give you what he thinks he call sell it for (probably $130K) MINUS his margin (probably 30 percent), so maybe $100K (or less). All this is just pure guesswork on my part, but nonetheless, the $6500 dam project suddenly becomes a $65K dam project if you buy new.

    So now let's go to the other extreme and consider buying the cheapest old pile of scrap iron we can find. Maybe if I shop around, I can find an old rust bucket for $10K. But how much would I have to spend just to make it operational? Another $20K? $30K? I don't know. And the biggest problem is that I have no ability to do heavy equipment repair. I can change filters and fluids, but when it comes to turning pins and bushings or overhauling engines or hydraulics, forget about it. So I think heavily used is totally out of the question.

    So what's left? Try to find a sucker who bought a new machine and didn't use it much and now has to sell it? That's not easy. And how many hours on a dozer is too many for someone like me that can't fix it when it breaks? 500? 1000? 3000? I don't know, but I bet it's not many. The bottom line for me is that if something goes wrong, I've got to call a dealer for an on-site service call. How many of those can I afford?

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a dozer and know I could make good use of one, but I'm really having trouble seeing how it would end up being anything other than a huge money pit. I thought about renting, but the problem with that is that I work full time and could only do my dozer projects on weekends. It'd be nice if someone would rent me a dozer by the engine hour and let me keep it for six months, but fat chance of that.

    Anyway, I know there are folks on this forum that have pondered similar ideas before, and I was hoping one or more of them might be able to post something helpful one way or the other. If I'm truly crazy and just need to pay the pro to do the work, so be it. I'd be disappointed, but a lot richer. On the other hand, if there's a way I could do this myself, I'd be really happy, even if I did have to spend quite a bit more in the long run that the pro would charge (but providing it wasn't an outright fortune).

    Many thanks to whoever has something to say!

  2. #2
    Elite Member /pine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    4,497

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    Have you considered leasing one?
    Slash Pine
    blunt and succinct but sincere...in the immortal words of Popeye..."I yam what I yam"

  3. #3
    Elite Member Redneck in training's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    2,788
    Location
    South Central Iowa
    Tractor
    TYM 330 HST with FEL

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    Running dozer into things is a great therapy. Kidding aside. If time is on your side then buy an excavator. Assuming you have tractor with FEL or a rear blade. Use the excavator to break the dam then use your tractor to move the spoils.
    Also there are several owner of Yuchai (also sold under Nortrac) dozers on TBN. They can tell you if it si big enough for the job you need to do. I think it is 30HP only. Another small and usually quite cheap dozer is Mitsubishi BD2. I was looking for a dozer while ago but then decided to farm it out due to work commitments.

  4. #4
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    4,447
    Location
    SW WA
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2360

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    If you don't need the traction of a dozer, you can move and spread lots of dirt with one of these.

    -garfield5-jpg

    12 Foot Drag Scraper

    Beaver Valley Supply Company - Garfield Drag & Corral Scrapers

    Garfield Drag Scraper

    Bruce

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Posts
    5,666
    Location
    Cedartown, Ga and N. Ga mountains
    Tractor
    1998 Kubota B21, 2005 Kubota L39

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    There are a good number of members here on the forum that have bought their own dozers used and feel like they have come out ahead on the deal. They seem to be the ones that have operating experience with that type of equipment, the knowledge and tools to do most of their own repairs. If you are one of those it might be worth the purchase. If your like me and looking for a way to justify another piece of equipment to the wife....well you will come out ahead by hiring it out based on my track record.

    MarkV

  6. #6
    Veteran Member SSdoxie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    2,163
    Location
    Cumberland Plateau, TN
    Tractor
    Bobcat CT225

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    Have you thought about a large skid-steer track machine? They won't move as much dirt in a single pass but the speed in returning to dig for next pass is much faster. Can come close to equal amount of soil in equal time, less investment (?) and they are easier to work on the track system yourself in needed.

    I did a quick check online, it looks like you could find a failry decent D5 for around $20k - $25k but transportation needs to be considered. A tracked skid-steer can be hauled with a 3/4 or 1 ton truck easily.
    Dennis

    CT225 w/7TL QA FEL, 60"tooth dirt bucket, 68" smooth bucket, Pallet Forks, Bale Spear. Hydrualic top llin, QH, 48 RC, 60" tiller, Angle blade, Landscape rake, Carry-all, Post hole auger.

  7. #7
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    768
    Location
    Piedmont Triad, NC
    Tractor
    Didn't intend to have a Deere fleet - it just happened 310C, F915 & 5200

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    I say...rent an excavator to drain the pond. Then use your tractor with rear box blade to level the dam. Draining the pond is important or wise you'll be working muck.

  8. #8
    New Member BigJim's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    18
    Location
    NW Missouri
    Tractor
    JD 5425

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    You reckon a SS/MTL could tear out a dam? This thing is pretty big. The lake when it was new and full was about 2 acres surface area. The dam is probably 12' high, 30' front to back, 300' long. It's a lot of dirt. The pro estimated about 50 hours, so I figure 200 for me and a dozer (not being a good operator).

    But yes, a skid steer is certain a more versatile tool. I'm just not sure that taking the dam apart one bucket at a time is really the way to go. And some of those high-end MTLs are nearly as much new as a small dozer.

  9. #9
    Veteran Member Bob Rooks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,276
    Location
    Bothell & Silverdale, WA
    Tractor
    Yuchai Bulldozer

    Default Re: Do I Need a Dozer or Therapy?

    Dozers are great therapy. Happiness is a full blade.
    Yuchai 306R dozer, Mustang 2040 skid steer, Mitsubishi MS035 Mini-Ex with four buckets and a rake, Trimble equipped 7' Dual Dozer with twin GCR-2 laser receivers, and a LiTW BH7600 back hoe (sold).

  10. #10
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    874
    Location
    WV
    Tractor
    John Deere 1026R

    Default

    I think an excavator and used dump truck is the way to go if you can keep the truck on solid ground. I'd rent the excavator since repairs will be covered. You can fix a dump truck easily compared to a dozer. Take a week off work and make it happen. This combo would move dirt fast! Say $10k for a decent dump and $2k for the ex rental. Your job would then cost $2k+fuel if you sold the dump truck.

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Therapy - I have to rant!
    By sandtuck in forum Kubota Owning/Operating
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 06-28-2012, 09:55 AM
  2. Dozer
    By J_J in forum Build-It Yourself
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-13-2010, 02:11 PM
  3. Rant Therapy....grrr
    By Steve C in forum Buying/Pricing/Comparisons
    Replies: 51
    Last Post: 10-18-2009, 05:13 PM
  4. Lawn Therapy on the 2554
    By hv cub in forum Cub Cadet Tractors
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 06-30-2009, 10:29 AM
  5. JD750 dozer, blade tilts left and dozer stops
    By johndeere2210 in forum Construction Equipment
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-01-2005, 11:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.