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What Is A Dozer?

June 1, 2022

what is a dozer

What Is A Dozer?

A bulldozer or dozer is a large, motorized machine equipped with a metal blade to the front for pushing material: soil, sand, snow, rubble, or rock during construction work. It travels most commonly on continuous tracks, though specialized models riding on large off-road tires are also produced.

When the dozer was created, it did not start as a whole machine. Instead, it started out as parts and pieces. Benjamin Holt created a track in 1904 that was able to let his steam tractor move better in  terrain that softer and was not very even. Holt gave this machine the name “Caterpillar” because of how the movement resembled a caterpillar. Benjamin Holt was not the only person that had a part in the creation of the dozer. He worked with two other men, which are named James Cummings and J. Earl McLeod. The track that Holt made was later used for the tanks that were in World War 1.

The dozer today has tons of uses for many different types of projects. It is a must-have piece of equipment to have because of how much strength, power, and size it has. You usually see this type of equipment working with farming, mining, roadwork, and excavation sites. Dozers are also used for maintenance jobs like plowing snow and tearing up asphalt.

What Are The Different Types Of A Dozer?

Dozers have three main types, and they are crawler dozers, wheel dozers, and mini dozers:


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Crawler dozer – A crawler dozer can also be called a track dozer because of how similar it looks to a tractor. This type of dozer is most suited for traveling through thick terrain because the tracks allow the dozer to create more traction.

Wheel dozer – A wheel dozer is usually larger than a crawler, and you may hear this machine also be called a tire bulldozer. Wheel dozers have much better handling than the crawler because of the tires, and it also comes with hydraulic steering that allows the dozer to move on a smaller axis. This dozer is made to be used on softer ground because the tires are more gentle than the tracks are.

Mini dozer – Mini dozers, which are also known as compact bulldozers, are a great piece of machinery to have because of the amount of versatility and maneuverability it has to offer. The size of this dozer allows it to carry out many different types of jobs that you may have.

What Are The Parts Of A Dozer?

  • Final Drive
  • Cab
  • Tracks/Tires
  • Engine
  • Push Frame
  • Blade

What Are Dozer Attachments Options?

Dozers can use many different types of attachments that help diversify the function of the dozer. Depending on the size and weight of your dozer a specific attachment may or may not be available. Types of attachments are:
  • Blades
  • Beach King
  • Rakes
  • Rippers
  • Slope Board
  • Rolling Chopper
  • Root Plow
  • Tree Boom

What are the Controls for a Dozer?

Dozers feature fairly straightforward controls, with the following primary components:

Left arm control: This arm will be the one you use for driving the dozer. You use this for moving forward, backward, and turning to your right or left.

Right arm control: This arm will be the one you use for operating the blade of the dozer. You can move your blade to go up, down, left, or right.

Decelerator pedal: This pedal is located at the bottom, where your feet will be. This pedal will bring the engine down to an idle when you are coming to a stop.

Throttle: The throttle will be on the left-hand side near the left arm control. This will control how much power goes into your dozer’s engine.


Why choose VeriTread?

VeriTread is your go to solution for hauling a dozer. We can have your dozer delivered to any destination in North America in a safe and timely manner. We are experts at handling paperwork, selecting the right trailers and drivers, and charting the most efficient routes.

VeriTread makes it easy to get reliable freight quotes from the experts in equipment transport. VeriTread moves thousands of machines every year and can quickly generate a reliable quote on the go. Our extensive specs and dimensions database of 60,000+ items, ensures you spend less time researching and more time putting your equipment to work. The VeriTread freight quote process is the simplest way to prepare for the transport of your machines. Follow these easy steps and you will receive a quote in under one minute:

  • Enter a Manufacturer & Model
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  • Enter Pickup & Drop Off Locations
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We believe our suite of innovative decision tools empower our customer to make smarter and more informed transportation decisions, reducing overall uncertainty, and delivering a better experience for all.

Getting started with VeriTread is easy. You can visit our contact form or call (800) 880-0468 or (863) 226-0903 for international calls.