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Crawlers, Dozers, Loaders & Backhoes Discussion Forum

Looking for a small dozer.

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Fullers Farmalls

12-18-2013 20:21:02

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We have a small farm and I have been looking around for a small dozer to clear some land, level some old areas where dirt was dumped, lots of other stuff. But I am familiar with old Farmalls and old machinery and was looking for something old. I found a 1946 td-6 that runs, has an ok undercarriage, and a front blade. I'm looking for some input on this. Suggestions?

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Jay Snyder

01-18-2014 08:11:37

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
As far as crawlers go the TD-6 is a nice little machine but, it is a gas start diesel unless you have a TD-6-62 then it is the 560 Diesel engine. I am guessing you have found the early gas start. Like the other guys said parts can be a issue but, parts are a issue with all "old" tractors except the common ones. The engine parts are still available from Case. They are very expensive though. I just did a engine in a MD. Head cracking can be a issue if not operated correctly. If you follow the correct procedure you will be fine. Honestly the undercarriage will be the most expensive fix if that needs work. They make about 35 hp but my little JD MC is only about 22 and it can move and do things you wouldn't think it could. The TD-6 is heavier and more power. I would like to find one to go with my gas start collection one day. They are just no fun to haul and load and unload on my gooseneck. I wouldn't be the slightest bit scared of it. And just because it's not a new D-6 or D-8 Cat if you take your time it will push dirt around fine and still be small enough to handle easily. Good luck. Jason

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12-19-2013 17:18:05

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
I have owned and worked the crap out of a TD-6 for the past 18 years. They are nice little machines for moving light brush, snow, skidding logs ect. There are not a stump grubbing, dirt moving hog whatsoever though. At roughly 32 horse and 8000+/- pounds and a 7"6" blade it"s not a beast by any means. I"m moving to a JD 450-B or C when the budget allows.

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12-19-2013 15:25:51

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
I Did a 45" TD-6 last winter. From stuck engine to now running.clutch and brake rebuilds. Yes it was fun finding parts But I did get them and did what I needed to get it up and running.
I think Most old IH parts take a little work to get. No dealer up the road. If you check the red power construction guy they are always working on old IH and getting thing running. oldiron29

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Mike M

12-19-2013 11:26:26

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
I have put several hours on a JD 4020 with a frt loader and a rear blade doing those kinda jobs. Way cheaper to run and maintain a rubber tire machine. Unless you have really steep hills or lots of thorn trees or scrap iron laying around I'd stay away from a dozer. An industrial TLB will do alot of work and be handy for other things as well.

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12-19-2013 08:17:08

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
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With what you have been told I'll point out what you most likely know.
Engine parts for those gas start diesels are getting pretty rare too. Plus about the only parts that can be easy to find as of 5-6 years ago are steering clutches and brakes.

So if you really and the TD6 the thing is getting very close to the point of a trailer queen for shows or use it till it breaks and scrap it.


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12-19-2013 06:01:23

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
Parts availability is a huge issue with older crawlers. Especially undercarriage parts.

I've got a few small crawlers (under 10,000 lbs.) from Deere, Case, Oliver, and Allis Chalmers.
1010 and 350 Deere. Case 310G. Oliver HG and OC4, and Allis Chalmers HD4.

Parts availability - new and used has been by far the best with the Case and the Deere. But the Case uses more generic parts then the Deere and Deere is phasing out a lot of stuff.

I needed some tracks and rollers recently for my Deere 1010 and Case 310G. To my surprise - new and used parts were much easier to find for the Case.

IH crawlers have very poor parts availability.

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Randy Hanshew

12-18-2013 20:53:08

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 Re: Looking for a small dozer. in reply to Fullers Farmalls, 12-18-2013 20:21:02  
You probably ought to think about parts availability on the older internationals. Even if old. cat parts are easy to come by.

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