American construction professionals apparently have a clear favorite when it comes to dozers. More than half of all new and used machines purchased and financed over the last year were manufactured by Caterpillar, according to new data from Randall-Reilly's Equipment Data Associates. Coming in second was John Deere, which made one in four dozers sold. Third was Komatsu, with 12 percent of financed market share.
The single most popular new financed dozer was the Deere 700K, with 278 units sold. Deere says it made the newest model with a roomy cab that cuts noise, and a stronger EPA Interim Tier 4 (IT4)/EU Stage IIIB diesel engine.
The best-selling used dozer was the Cat D8T, with 281 units moved. According to Caterpillar, this machine boasts impressive productivity and versatility, able to tackle tasks that include dozing, land clearing, ripping, rough-finish grading and scraper work. This model also claimed one of this year's highest at-auction bids, with a 2012 machine going for $505,000 in February.
A few more interesting facts from Randall-Reilly:
- The top three states for dozer sales were Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
- Overall, new dozer sales are up 14 percent, while used sales are down 9 percent.
- The average final auction bid for tractors five years old or newer, between July 2013 and July 2014, was $167,206.
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