Questions You Should Know about Bulldozers

Apr. 07, 2023

Dozers, also known as bulldozers, tracked tractors, or tracked loaders, are found on almost every mining and construction site around the world. Our goal is to discuss answers to frequently asked questions about our beloved bulldozers, including their origins, how they are used, and how they work.

Where/Who/Why the Bulldozer was Invented?

It's an interesting fact: the first design that led to the bulldozer was powered not by a horse, but by a goat! Designed by the Frenchman M. D'Hermand in 1713, it was basically a tracked trailer pulled by a goat. However, like many other tracked tread designs of the 1700s and 1800s, this design never made it past the prototype stage.

In 1901 Alvin Lombard designed a steam-powered log hauler with tracked treads to improve snow traction. Another interesting twist is that although the original design was steam driven, they were driven by horses. This feature existed until the steering wheel and sled system were added to the machine.

The bulldozer really became a reality through the work of Benjamin Holt and his tracked tractor. The purpose of using tracks was to prevent the tractor from sinking into the soft soil. At the same time, David Roberts of R. Hornsby & Sons was working on a similar design to deal with a similar problem. Since then, many other companies have started to use tracked tracks in their tractor designs, giving rise to the modern bulldozer.


What is a bulldozer?

Bulldozers have a variety of applications. Most bulldozers have a shovel blade at the front and a cracker at the rear. The blade moves the material from one place to another. The ripper does exactly what it sounds like: rips up the ground to make it easier to handle or transport. This combination can be used for grading or preparing hard ground for planting. Multiple attachments can be added to use the dozer for many other types of work.

What is a bulldozer used for?

There are many different uses for bulldozers. Most bulldozers have a blade at the front of the machine and a ripper at the rear. The blade moves the material from one place to another. A ripper does exactly what its name implies: it tears the ground apart, making it easier to use or transport. This combination can be used to promote levelling, prepare hard ground for planting, etc. Many attachments can be added to extend the type of work the dozer can be used for.

How does a dozer work?

The key to what makes most dozers different is their continuous tracks. The track design of a dozer allows it to float on soft ground by distributing the weight of the machine over the tracks. It can operate successfully in areas where wheeled machines are difficult to maneuver or get stuck. These tracks also provide the tremendous traction needed to push material with a bulldozer shovel or tear up hard surfaces with a soil cracker.

Can you remove tree stumps with a bulldozer?

Yes, you can, depending on a number of variables. Stumps weighing hundreds of pounds require a powerful bulldozer. Backhoes are considered a better solution for stump removal and they can loosen the soil around the stump to simplify the removal process. Backhoes are also recommended as they can be drilled under the stump to gain leverage.

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