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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    27
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    Orem UT
    Tractor
    JD4400

    Default How to use a dozer

    I've rented a Komatsu d41... about the size of a Cat D-5. I'm not seeming to move dirt as fast as I thought. I am trying to shave off about 3 feet of dirt in an area 75x100' onto another area of the same size... leveling it all. Is there a right or wrong way, fast or slow way. Thanks in advance.
    Jeanne

  2. #2

    Default Re: How to use a dozer

    Depending on your soil conditions, you could tilt the blade and plow rows first to "loosen" the dirt. If your trying to move it a distance use the same path everytime it will help minamize loss. This should help.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2001
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    Location
    Canton, Texas
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    Deere 5520 MFWD

    Default Re: How to use a dozer

    If the dozer has rippers on the back, they can be used to loosen the soil before you run the blade over it. If not, perhaps try to make afew passes over the area with the blade angled left or right pretty hard. This way you will not be pushing alot of dirt ahead of you, but will be loosening up the dirt for the next passes when you do.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Location
    Orem UT
    Tractor
    JD4400

    Default Re: How to use a dozer

    Been using the rippers, they go down about 2'. Sure is fun to make the old diesel grunt...

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How to use a dozer

    Have you ran a dozer before? Anyone can drive a dozer/but operating a dozer is a lot different/ getting the blade to do what youwant it to do,takes lots of experience to get a feel for the blade etc.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Location
    Illinois
    Tractor
    New Holland TC45D

    Default Re: How to use a dozer

    Is this machine a newer one? If so it is direct drive and that will determine how best to operate it.

    If it is direct drive you need to make a long shallow cut (no more than 3" at a time in 1st gear. Then once the blade is full shift to 2nd to carry the load to where you are spreading it. If you are not carrying the dirt far just stay in 1st. Dig a slot 1 machine width wide to the desired grade. Then dig a second slot approximately 1/2 a machine width over. After the second slot is at grade remove the center section. This has been proven in mines to be the fastest way to move material with a dozer and will make best use of the power angle tilt blade on the machine.

    I recently ran a D41PX Avanse/BOSS in some extremely heavy and compacted clay and did not have a problem loading it up. It is all in technique.

    JT

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