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Woodchuck

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Any one using a 6 way blade on a 864 or some other good size unit? How would you compare it to a small dedicated dozer? Which companies 6 way blade did you buy?
 

500K_773

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Woodchuck,
I'm sorry to see no one has replied to your question. I to was wondering how the larger skidsteers or compact track loader perform with the 6-way blade. I know my 773T can push more than it can carry and think I'd be impressed with “dozer” performance if I had over the tire tracks on my machine. I tried to demo a dozer blade last summer, but my dealer only had 90” models in stock. They recommend the 80” model for my sized machine, so I think I would have been dissapointed with the performance of the 90”, especially only with tires (no over the tire tracks).
I see Bobcat just introduced a 96” 6-way dozer blade to better compliment the larger machines. I think that this in itself shows that they can perform like a standard dozer.
I am planning on fabricating my own 6-way dozer blade for use on my machine. I'll take the money I'm saving and purchase some over the tire tracks to get true dozer like performance. I also plan on making some bolt on “wing” extensions to make the blade larger for use while snow plowing.
 

Moallen

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Woodchuck,
I'm sorry to see no one has replied to your question. I to was wondering how the larger skidsteers or compact track loader perform with the 6-way blade. I know my 773T can push more than it can carry and think I'd be impressed with “dozer” performance if I had over the tire tracks on my machine. I tried to demo a dozer blade last summer, but my dealer only had 90” models in stock. They recommend the 80” model for my sized machine, so I think I would have been dissapointed with the performance of the 90”, especially only with tires (no over the tire tracks).
I see Bobcat just introduced a 96” 6-way dozer blade to better compliment the larger machines. I think that this in itself shows that they can perform like a standard dozer.
I am planning on fabricating my own 6-way dozer blade for use on my machine. I'll take the money I'm saving and purchase some over the tire tracks to get true dozer like performance. I also plan on making some bolt on “wing” extensions to make the blade larger for use while snow plowing.
Hello, I am new on here and this is my first post. I have a 763G with a very heavy duty dozer blade that works well. I am not a contractor (I just have a boabcat) for the fun of it. I first had a 743 then a 753 I pushed snow with and now the 763. This is a great site. I will tell all my friends about it. Allen Mims Missouri
 

MMCC

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Hello, I am new on here and this is my first post. I have a 763G with a very heavy duty dozer blade that works well. I am not a contractor (I just have a boabcat) for the fun of it. I first had a 743 then a 753 I pushed snow with and now the 763. This is a great site. I will tell all my friends about it. Allen Mims Missouri
Hi all, I am also new to this as well. I recently added a T-300 with a 96inch (Bobcat brand) dozer to my fleet. I have to say that I am a little disappointed in the performance of the blade. The machine itself is awsome, however the blade operation falls short. I have a lot of experience with bulldozers on a larger scale so I am sure I am a bit prejudice. The T-300 power is there but the traction is not. If you get into more than a few inches of soil, lets say 10" or more in anything other than sand you will begin to spin your tracks. The operation of the blade is very slow and nothing like a regular dozer. I use joystick control which is great but the thumb controls for the dozer are so slow if you attempt to correct while moving you have to be moving very slow with the machine or you opportunity is lost. If you are doing finish work then the blade is a great thing to have. For getting out and stripping soil or cutting a trench, stick with the steel track bigger dozer. Bobcat built the 96" blade out of a honeycomb cast housing. It weighs in at about 1500lbs, the machine tends to dive when cutting in and I think the weight has something to do with it. A lighter blade might be easier to manipulate with the machine. I am about to start a job stripping a large amount of top soil from an old farm for a horse riding ring. Something like 300 x 200 foot, basically a flat area. I am going to use the blade and give it a good test. I am hoping the issues are more operator than machine. I will post some results when I do it. If anyone else is out there with the same or similar situation I would enjoy hearing from you guys... Matt
 

500K_773

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Hi all, I am also new to this as well. I recently added a T-300 with a 96inch (Bobcat brand) dozer to my fleet. I have to say that I am a little disappointed in the performance of the blade. The machine itself is awsome, however the blade operation falls short. I have a lot of experience with bulldozers on a larger scale so I am sure I am a bit prejudice. The T-300 power is there but the traction is not. If you get into more than a few inches of soil, lets say 10" or more in anything other than sand you will begin to spin your tracks. The operation of the blade is very slow and nothing like a regular dozer. I use joystick control which is great but the thumb controls for the dozer are so slow if you attempt to correct while moving you have to be moving very slow with the machine or you opportunity is lost. If you are doing finish work then the blade is a great thing to have. For getting out and stripping soil or cutting a trench, stick with the steel track bigger dozer. Bobcat built the 96" blade out of a honeycomb cast housing. It weighs in at about 1500lbs, the machine tends to dive when cutting in and I think the weight has something to do with it. A lighter blade might be easier to manipulate with the machine. I am about to start a job stripping a large amount of top soil from an old farm for a horse riding ring. Something like 300 x 200 foot, basically a flat area. I am going to use the blade and give it a good test. I am hoping the issues are more operator than machine. I will post some results when I do it. If anyone else is out there with the same or similar situation I would enjoy hearing from you guys... Matt
I tried a 6-way blade on a Cat 246 SSL and was dissapointed like yourself. Having run regular dozers before, I too did not like the button controls. The short wheel base of the skid steer made it difficult to establish and maintain a level working area. You may want to make sure you have the skid pads adjusted correctly also. The skid steers also have the tilt back function which the regular dozers don't have. Make sure your tilt angle is not working against you while dozing. I was told that it may take as long as a week to get used to using a 6-way blade on a SSL or CTL. Hopefully you get used to it before wasting too much time or money.
 

YellowDog

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I used a Bobcat 6 way blade on an S250 with tracks. I never got the hang of it but it would move a lot of dirt. It isn't the equivalent of even a D3 but for what a bobcat can do, it was a big help. On a tracked machine it would be great. I used it with and without tracks. I had, I believe, the 8 foot blade. Weighed around 900lbs. so it was stout with big, strong cylinders. I traded it in for a rockhound but miss it on occasion especially for cutting new roads.
 

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