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Before you buy a Caterpillar D7E bulldozer in Uganda

by Edwin

Among Caterpillar’s almost 30 different categories of machines, the D7E belongs to the rather clumsily alliterative and repetitive “track-type tractor” unit; these are commonly referred to as “dozers.” This type has a long history, dating back to the formation of Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1925, and still ¬produces one of the biggest chunks of revenue for the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment.

Before you buy a Caterpillar D7E bulldozer in Uganda

The Caterpillar D7 is a medium bulldozer manufactured by Caterpillar Inc. The first D7 appeared in 1938. The D7C came next in 1955. The D7D came in 1959. The 160 hp D7E in 1961. The 180 hp D7F 1969.The 200 hp D7G in 1974.The 215 hp in 1986.The D7H was the first D7 to come with the exclusive elevated drive sprocket undercarriage. The D7R replaced the D7H in 1996, followed by the D7R Series 2. The electric drive D7E entered service in early 2009.

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Buying foreign used Caterpillar D7E bulldozer from a local car bond in Uganda

In case you choose to buy a foreign used truck from a car bond makes life a lot easier to acquire yourself a bulldozer. There is basically no need to go to Japan or order for the vehicle from Japan or any other part of the world. In short one just walks to the car bond and arrange for a purchase and within a short time, the car is paid for and handled over to you as the owner.

However, you can also find that some trucks have only cleared the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) fees only. So it would mean that if you want a Caterpillar D7E bulldozer then you will have to clear the rest of the taxes. You can find the Cost of the 2011 Caterpillar D7E bulldozer to be around $ 300, 000 or more for latest models in very good condition.

However, the cost of the Cost can change due to year of manufacture, condition of the bulldozer, mileage and the dealer. Machinery like this is very expensive and is usually bought by construction companies in Uganda.

Importing a foreign used Caterpillar D7E bulldozer from Japan

Now this is different from buying from car from the car bond here in Kampala. Some people prefer to import their own machinery directly from Japan or from any other part of the world. You will most likely have to follow a procedure similar to the one stated below.

Search and select vehicle to buy from Japanese Used Car Portal Websites. Send Inquiry for price, condition, etc of the truck. The Japanese Dealers will respond you directly by Email.

Watch out for fake e-mails as many scams may con you for money. After that you negotiate with the Japanese dealer for an appropriate price that fits your budget.

Request for a proforma invoice, place your order and make payment which may be either through bank wire or VISA. The seller will inform you about the following things like the Payment Confirmation, Shipping Schedule, B/L copy, Original Document and then you receive the order in this case the CAT D7E bulldozer.

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General Caterpillar D7E bulldozer reviews for Uganda

Compared with the similarly sized, conventionally powered D7R Series 2 that it replaces, the D7E’s overall performance is up 10 percent, which is measured by how much material can be pushed in an hour by its blade—it’s five feet high and 13 feet wide. At the same time, the new dozer’s electric drivetrain consumes 25 percent less fuel, thanks in part to a downsized diesel engine and the elimination of the efficiency-sapping torque converter and three-speed manual gearbox, which it no longer needs. Still, in full-on work mode, the D7E consumes fuel at a rate of five to nine gallons per hour, which is why it comes with a tank as large as 126 gallons.

The engine is a turbocharged diesel—a 9.3-liter inline-six that makes 235 horsepower. Though huge, it’s a liter smaller than the unit in the D7R, and—for the first time—it isn’t mechanically connected to the tracks. Instead, it turns a generator that creates as many as 330 amps of AC electrical current at 480 volts. The electricity is converted to DC for use by the accessories—such as the engine’s water pump, the cabin ¬lighting, and the air conditioning—which contributes seven percent to the overall efficiency improvement.

Meanwhile, AC current propels the dozer via two huge brushless electric motors that measure more than a foot in diameter, are about two feet long, and weigh roughly 600 pounds each. Combined, they produce 215 horsepower and an undisclosed amount of torque that’s probably in the neighborhood of 1500 pound-feet. This arrangement is similar in concept to that of a locomotive, although Caterpillar has developed this particular proprietary system in-house to meet the demands of a work site.

These requirements include: frequent changes in direction; climbing 45-degree inclines; and being able to slog through mud, water, and garbage. That’s why, in this case, all the electric components are fully sealed and liquid-cooled. And despite all the heavy electronics, the D7E actually weighs about the same as its conventional predecessor.

Alternatives of Caterpillar D7E bulldozer in Uganda

Well, we have the Hyundai Bulldozer, Komatsu Bulldozer and Guangxi Liugong. These are the prominent alternatives in Uganda.

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Reasons why the Caterpillar D7E bulldozer is bought in Uganda

The CAT bulldozer as commonly known is mainly bought and used for ground leveling especially when in road construction, site clearing for building construction by pushing big chunks of soils at ago . when civil engineers need to grade and level the construction site characterized with terrain levelling , the CAT bulldozer comes into play to do the job.

Availability of the Caterpillar D7E bulldozer spare parts in Uganda

The CAT D7E bulldozer spare parts are available in Uganda. However, for the latest models, you may have to contact the country authorized distributor for spare supply and support.

Our Conclusion

So what’s not to love? Better maneuverability, more capability, less fuel consumption—and it’s easier than ever to operate. Plus, the D7E has fewer moving parts, accounting for long¬er service intervals and reduced maintenance costs. Well, like most new technologies, it’s not cheap, and the base price of $600,000 is about a 20-percent hike over its predecessor’s, although Caterpillar claims the extra cost can be recouped via fuel and maintenance savings in just two and a half years.

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