In The Market For A Used Bulldozer?

Have you ever been in the market for a new car?  Or maybe a new bulldozer?  If you are having a difficult time deciding which bulldozer to buy do not be flustered.  There is not exactly a plethora of information out there to help you decide which one to buy.  It is not the same as buying an ’03 For Taurus with 90,000 miles on it.

When you go into the used market for any product there is always a sense that you may be ripped off too.  Used car salespeople are seen as some of the sleaziest ones on the face of the earth.  Dealing with such a large piece of machinery also leaves you with thousands of parts that might not be up to par.

Looking Through the Used Market

So how exactly do you go about buying one of these beastly hunks of twisted metal?  Here are some essential tips that should set you in the right direction so you do not wander into a truck yard and just pick the machine that looks the cleanest.  Hint: If a work machine is the cleanest one out of the bunch, then it has not been doing too much work recently and that should be an indication right there.

1)      A bulldozer is a major purchase and you should conduct your research in-depth, such as reading this article.  Depending on how much stuff you are going to push around, bulldozers can range in price from $2,000 to $40,000.  Essentially assume you are buying a new car except you can’t drive it down the street to pick up a gallon of milk.

2)      Make sure you have the resources to move your beast back home.  Like we said, you can’t just drive your bulldozer down the street.  If you are buying the bulldozer you are usually the one who has to move it.

3)      With the market for bulldozers being so small compared to many other products you might want to do an online search to find the best bulldozer for the money.  EBay is a great place to look for them except you have to essentially buy the bulldozer on the spot or at least within the week and you have not even seen it in person.  Another option is Craigslist.com where you have the ability to see the machine and judge how good of shape it is in.  If you have never bought a bulldozer before then Craigslist.com may be the way to go online.

4)      Local construction companies are always trying to make some kind of money out of the equipment they do not use anymore.  Keeping a clean truck machine yard is paramount for them since they pay for the land and they usually need as much space as possible for equipment.  An old piece of equipment is just bleeding money so they may even happily deliver the bulldozer to your front door.  You will also be making more local connections in case you need repairs done or any other advice on machines.  And trust us, the mechanics that the construction companies employ will talk cars, planes, trains and automobiles with you all day long.  Those guys live for anything that you can put gas in and it goes.

5)      Lastly, make sure you account for an insurance policy on your bulldozer.  With the possibility of them breaking down it may be smart for you to purchase a policy.

6)      And oh yea, you need at least a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate one of these beasts.  Leaving that part out would leave a real damper on your parade.

There is Always a Deal to be Made

Buying a bulldozer is a tricky situation if you are just getting into buying one.  As long as you keep in mind these six tips then you should have an idea of what you want and what you need to do to perform a successful search.

The demeanor of the person who sells you the bulldozer can tell you a great deal about how willing they may be to make a deal or what kind of shape the bulldozer is really in.  When looking around the used market you can almost count on someone willing to make a deal with you.

Go into buying your bulldozer with your head held high and a strong base of knowledge to come out successful.

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By Brian Connor

Brian Connor has written for many construction blogs.  He believes knowing how to buy used construction equipment is an essential part of the construction trade.  Materials handling equipment Salt Lake is another essential piece of construction as well.