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Crawler dozers are continuous tracked machines fitted with front-mounted blades to move or push large quantities of material such as soil, sand and rubble. Attached to the back of a crawler dozer is a ripper to break and loosen compacted materials. Crawler dozers have engines from 45 to over 700 horsepower.
A crawler loader has a tracked chassis with a front loader used for digging and loading material. The defining difference between a crawler loader and crawler dozer is that a crawler loader has a rear-mounted engine to counterbalance the load in the bucket, while a dozer has a front-mounted engine to move the centre of gravity forward and aid with the pushing of material.
A good climate for infrastructure investment and reforms in the mining sector auger well for dozer sales.
The market will rise this year, but with a slowdown coming in roadbuilding, other sectors will rise in importance over the medium term.
Demand is heading for 700 machines per year thanks to the mining, road building and defence sectors.