yeah we have a decent amount of property development tools for the tractor as we are continuing in on the property. So that's exactly what I was thinking cuz we have two tractors one with front loader and other to just push/pull dirt around with box blade or rear 6way blade. Kind of taking the "dozer" dirt spreading job. Obviously I get a actual dozer would be better but, $$$$$ is between us and multiple machines, not to mention I'm already in over my head with mechanicing the different machines we do have. So I think only one piece of big equiptment can be taken on. And I definatly see more versatility with an excavator, considering you can dig, load material into truck for moving distances, the hydraulic thumbs many uses(cuz we would have to have that), maybe even a grader/stability dozer blade attachment for back filling trenches and digging/log grabbing on our lovely terrain(20% on average slopes). If we got ONE machine we would have to go all out on versatility for it so it's worth it in the long run. And I just dont see this and yep of versatility with a dozer. I get they have alot of advantages/attachments for them too but, the excavator just has a hold of me. Just haven't been as amused with dozers working as I am with excavators, believe me I've watched probably every video on YouTube to see what all each machine has in it.
Eric Hanson wrote:Michael,
From the sounds of things you already have a good deal of equipment, the drive to engage in the project and a goal in mind. I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that the best option would be the excavator. It will do a good job digging and will continue to serve you after the main project. Any chance you can use one of your tractors to do most of the tractor earthmoving work that would otherwise be done with a dozer? Seems to me this would be a cost-effective option to your dilemma.
Please let us know how what you think.
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:It looks like you're operating on a much larger scale and with deeper pockets than others here who are starting out on a shoestring budget. Nothing wrong with that, of course, and I'll be interested to see your choice.
When I look around the countryside, I see many small dozers and very few small excavators. I think small dozers can move a heckuva lot more earth than small excavators. My 2c.