EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS: CRAWLER DOZERS AND LOADERS - UK

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EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS: CRAWLER DOZERS AND LOADERS​ - UNITED KINGDOM (July 2014)

Off-Highway Research's Equipment Analyses are a rigorous evaluation of the structure and development of demand for one product in the UK, France, Germany and Italy in the European Service, and in China and India.

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This report concerns the UK market for crawler dozers and loaders and is the second report on the subject, the first being published in 2007. Crawler dozers have engines from 45 to over 700 horsepower, but in practice there is no demand for the very small dozers very little for the small utility machines with engines below 100 horsepower that are popular in Asia and North America. Machines currently in operation range from the smallest 70 horsepower models to those of over 800 horsepower manufactured by Caterpillar and Komatsu. In practice the majority of crawler dozers sold are what used to be in the 130-190 horsepower range but with the introduction of new Stage IIIB engines much of the market has now moved up to the 150-220 horsepower band.

The range of crawler loaders reviewed runs from models of 120 horsepower equipped with a 1.5 m3 bucket, to the larger types at 160-180 horsepower with buckets of 2.0-2.5 m3, and which are used in quarries and on large civil engineering contracts. There is no demand for crawler loaders over 200 horsepower.

The role of the crawler loader in Europe has steadily declined in importance during recent years, primarily as a result of advancing technical development of the wheeled loader and the increasing use of the hydraulic excavator - dump truck combination. This market has followed that trend and now lies behind the other volume markets of Europe in terms of annual sales.

There is no longer any production of crawler dozers or loaders in the country, their manufacture ending in the mid-1980s when Caterpillar closed its two plants in Birtley and Uddingston.

The findings presented in this report are based on the existing database of Off-Highway Research and on an interview programme undertaken with all leading importers and distributors in April 2014.

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