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 03-14-2011, 21:31 Post: 177390
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We are working some property with the intention of building a house. This property is 35 acres of trees and about ten acres of scrub brush where we plan to build. A friend has offered a d6 for our project. We have no experience in moving a piece of equipment of this size and looking for some advice or information in doing such. Looking online shows the d6 has grown into a much different machine over the years. So far we understand its a mid-seventy model and expect that its very heavy. Its location is in Toledo Ohio and moving to the west side of Pittsburgh. I am told that we need a low-boy trailer with a diesel truck to move it. Hope thats enough information to get my answer started. So what do i ask or look for or expect when hiring someone to do this?






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 03-15-2011, 09:40 Post: 177396
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The info you have is correct but presumably you're not personally going to rent a tractor-trailer, load and secure it, drive, offload, and return the truck, so you don't have to be concerned with specs and other requirements.

Just find firms between the two points that use that size dozer because they have the equipment, expertise, and driver, and get quotes for the transport operation.






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 03-15-2011, 10:38 Post: 177397
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Chrbranic1,

I know a few people who have submitted bid requests on U-Ship for freight quotes on heavy hauling. I think you'll find a good number of trucking companies who will work hard to get your business.

U-ship is a heavy freight bid service. Trucking companies compete for your business by submitting competitive bids. You select the company and bid that suits you best.

I've included a link below. The guy had a bulldozer shipped from Texas to Oklahoma. It weighed 18,000 pounds, and the quote he received was under 900 dollars.

Hope this helps.

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 03-15-2011, 14:48 Post: 177398
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My Cat book says it could weigh 30,000 to 37,000. Then you're looking at getting over-width permits if the blade rotated is wider than 8 or 8'-6" depending on what type of road. Then you have tolls and possible permit costs. My guess would be $4-7 per loaded mile, maybe more.

You would be much better ahead to find a local with a machine. If it breaks, he has to fix it. If your buddy's breaks it sits there until you drop several thousand in it.

Thank your friend, but kindly turn him down.






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 03-16-2011, 11:14 Post: 177408
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Supporting the above, compared with a novice, a professional operator would do twice the work, twice as well, in half the time. And there may be more efficient equipment for your needs than one specific dozer. And a pro can offer expert opinions on your options. So it will surely be easier, probably better work, and likely cheaper to hire a local excavation firm.






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 03-16-2011, 20:33 Post: 177415
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We are meeting with a friend that is retired from dirt work and willing to offer guidance and supervise our efforts. He will help make the decision as to the necessity of us using the D6. The four pieces of equipment avilable for our use a 38 hp tractor with a box blade and fel, a Case backhoe, a D6 and a D9. I can move the tractor and backhoe with my own trailer, its the dozer that we might need help with. The equipment is avaliable for as long as we need it, our time line is three years before the first stick of wood is unloaded for the house. This is work we are willing to do ourselves and by no means are we going to just unload gas up and start moving dirt without some guidance on hand. Time spent researching options before telling someone what we want and handing out gobs of money seems to be the best for now, especially since we have the tools and time. Even if we dont do a professinal job we will learn from our efforts good or bad. Sitting around and watching has never been something we are good at. Thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming, its much appreciated.






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 03-18-2011, 12:19 Post: 177432
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That's different. And let's not forget the most important factor: nothing's more fun than running a D6. (Unless you're younger than me in which case it's the second-most fun.)






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 03-18-2011, 14:42 Post: 177436
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Auerbach, never run the dozier but are you saying an excavator is more fun?

Chr, it is nearing four years ago we had a few acres logged, clear cut. Of those few acres there was an acre pond in there with the dirt still in piles from when it was dug about 50 years back. About 100 feet from the pond was a low area where one of our children hope to one day build. Our plans was to move the piles of dirt into the low area. Of course there was logging debris to remove and stumps to take out. We priced it. Got all kind of comments. We took it on with no dozier and are about completed. Really have about 4 to 6 more real work days and even the little things should be taken care of. Today with how much construction is down hiring it done would have been lower and much faster but for me to look at this and think one day my Daughter and her family will live there as my grand son plays there, means a lot. Be safe, have fun. Don't underestimate how large the job is and how long it will take. Also look at the result of dozier work and be sure to avoid some of the damage they can do.






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 03-18-2011, 23:39 Post: 177447
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Saw a cute cartoon some years back I think in the New Yorker. Guy's operating his garden tractor. Wifey's watching him; a balloon over her head giving her thoughts has him as a kid riding his pedal car. Balloon over the guy's head giving his imaginings has him in what looks like a D6.

It's kind of technical, Ken, and it could be an excavator. You ask the Mrs to sit in it during the warmup, and set the throttle for whatever revs cause the most seat vibration.






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