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struck mini dozer

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francis

10-28-2010 18:19:28
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what are these worth running?were they a good piece of equipment?




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Harold H

10-31-2010 12:03:09
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
I had a belt drive 16 HP one for four or five years that I sold about fifteen years ago.It was a well used 1980 model that I purchased around 1990. It was a great play toy but not for any real work. I spread the dirt around my yard when we built our house and I would tell folks that "it sure beat a shovel" but if you needed real work done fast it could not compete with a real dozer or backhoe. However, you can't put a real dozer or backhoe in your half ton pickup or on a small two wheel utility trailer either. It was well worth it if you want a working play toy. I never had any trouble with it. I just sold it to get more toys.

Harold H

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Mike (WA)

10-29-2010 20:15:38
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
You can buy used Mitsubishi or Komatsu dozers with 6 way blades for 10 grand at the next Richie Bros. auction- why bother with the dinky-toy?



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DiyDave

10-30-2010 06:28:25
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to Mike (WA), 10-29-2010 20:15:38  
The why is because of their small size. I have had mine in the back of a 3/4 ton pickup. The old one pictured below is belt drive, mine is a hydro, similar to the 4800, in the video link below. I have no complaints on mine, other than the speed issue, it has made me money, every time I start it up.

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Kris Golden

10-29-2010 18:09:21
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  

They are just a toy. Mighty fun to play with though.



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Bill(Wis)

10-29-2010 09:11:09
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
I bought a new Srtuck Mini-Dozer with front blade for $495 in 1970. Put it together in about 4 hours and used it for about 15 years. lots of small projects got done. Snowplowing as well. It had drawbacks. Tecumseh engine self destructed at about 300 hours. Factory told me that was "normal". Installed two more engines after that. Last engine cost more that the entire dozer cost originally. Belts had to be replaced often. I just resigned myself to replacing them once per year to avoid breakdowns at inconvenient times. Not easy to replace belts in below freezing wx. axles and pulleys become rusted. Drive system will remind you of a miniture machine shop. Track linkages became loose from wear but I fixed that with a self-designed spring track tensioner that the manufacturer shouldhave figured out to begin with. I sold it to a friend for $500. He traded it for an old Farmall 300 even up. I bought it because it was a novelty. First seen in Popular Mechanics and on the Johnny Carson show. Afgter 15 years, three engines, loose tracks and annual belt changes, the novelty wore off. I wouldn"t take another one if someone gave it to me.

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DiyDave

10-29-2010 05:08:23
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
I have a 25 HP Struck dozer, some thoughts: Mine is a Dozer, not loader. It is slow, at 2 miles per hour working speed, with a skin flapping overdrive of 3 miles per hour. It is, however well powered, with a Kohler 25 HP, that will fill the blade up, and push the dirt up hills, that no other tractor can approach. I have a 3 point hitch and pto on mine, and about 10 years ago cost around 18 grand. That's a lot, for a small machine. I have since bought a ASV RC30, rubber track loader, which will run circles around it, Yet I still keep the struck, because it has unparalleled visibility, and the shortest turning radius of any machine I own. Works great on jobs, where you want to tear up the least amount of ground.

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Traditional Farmer

10-29-2010 04:11:24
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
I had one for awhile great toy but to work with my Compact 16HP Yanmar with a loader will work circles around it.



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john *.?-!.* cub owner

10-28-2010 19:09:03
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
They were pretty simple and well made, but Stuck has been out of business for several years. Basically a garden tractor size crawler. They made a smaller about 10 hp or so and a bigger one about 18 hp.



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MarkB_MI

10-29-2010 03:11:34
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to john *.?-!.* cub owner, 10-28-2010 19:09:03  
For a company that's out of business, they still have a decent website.

I remember their ads for kits and plans in Popular Mechanics, etc. back in the seventies. Nobody would bother building one today when you can just by some Chinese tractor for less money and no assembly.



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led

10-28-2010 20:45:18
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to john *.?-!.* cub owner, 10-28-2010 19:09:03  
C.F.Struck has never went out of business.
Led



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gun guru

10-28-2010 18:32:30
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to francis, 10-28-2010 18:19:28  
Before I bought my Deere compact diesel I considered the Struck Corp mini dozer, but.....It looks rather rinky dink and the warranty was no where near what the Deere gives.

Are you looking at a used piece of equipment?

How many HP?



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francis

10-28-2010 18:52:19
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 Re: struck mini dozer in reply to gun guru, 10-28-2010 18:32:30  
18 hp from 62,just to have



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