What Are The Parts Of The Bulldozers?

Bulldozers are great help in civil and structural engineering constructions. It is one of the most visible and most prominent machines in the construction site.

Bulldozers are these machines consist of a track or wheel mounted power unit with a mould blade at the front which is controlled by hydraulic rams. Many bulldozers have the capacity to adjust the mould blade to form an angledozer and the capacity to tilt the mould blade about a central swivel point.

Some bulldozers can also be fitted with rear attachments such as rollers and scarifiers.

The main functions of a bulldozer are:-

1 . Shallow excavations up to 300 m deep either on level ground or sidehill cutting.

2. Clearance of shrubs and small trees.

3. Clearance of trees by using raised mould blade as a pusher arm.

4. Acting as a towing tractor.

5. Acting as a pusher to scraper machines

Bulldozers (‘dozers’) are used for cutting and grading work, for pushing scrapers to assist in their loading, stripping borrowpits, and for spreading and compacting fill. The larger sizes are powerful but are costly to run and maintain, so it is not economic for the contractor to keep one on site for the occasional job.

Its principal full-time use is for cutting, or for spreading fill for earthworks in the specified layer thickness and compacting and bonding it to the previously compacted layer. It is the weight and vibration of the dozer that achieves compaction, so that a Caterpillar ‘D8’ 115 h.p. weighing about 15 t, or its equivalent, is the machine required; not a ‘D6’ weighing 7.5 t which is not half as effective in compaction. The dozer cannot shift material very far, it can only spread it locally.

A dozer with gripped tracks can climb a 1 in 2 slope, and may also climb a slope as steep as 1 in 1.5 provided the material of the slope gives adequate grip and is not composed of loose rounded cobbles. On such slopes of 1 in 1.5 or 1 in 2 the dozer must not turn, but must go straight up or down the slope, turning
on flatter ground at the top and bottom.

It is dangerous to work a dozer (and any kind of tractor) on sidelong ground, particularly if the ground is soft. Dozers cannot traverse metalled roads because of the damage this would cause, and they should not be permitted on finished formation surfaces. Sometimes a flat tracked dozer (i.e. with no grips to the tracks) can be used on a formation if the ground is suitable.

A Typical Bulldozer and Its parts is presented below:

This article is part of civilengineeringdegrees.net power equipment basic information series.

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