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Old 09-24-2008, 12:34 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Sure thing,

It is D379U2276 which has an open ROPS, no ripper and a six way blade.

Thanks!!
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:07 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm on it . . . will be back in touch . . . Catguy3
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:28 AM   #18 (permalink)
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You've got a D3, all I've got is the spec sheet weight for a D3B with OROPS, bareback (no ripper), and 6 way blade at 14,650# which included fuel and operator. The differences between a D3 and a D3B were very minor, it was essentially the same tractor. If you're packing a little material in the undercarriage, and perhaps had a slightly wider track shoe than standard (12" IIRC) you will still end up under 15,000#. Sorry this took so long, I started a new job . . .
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Thanks a bunch! I was wondering what happened to you.

I will be hauling it fourty miles or so this weekend so I'll see how my dually truck handles it. I had a fella already move it for me with his SRW F350 and he says it pulled just fine, lighter than fifteen round bales that he usually hauls on this trailer so we shall see. Pulling heavy for farm use and being out on the freeways are two completely different scenarios. I was hoping it was a bit closer to 12,000 lbs but do intend to get it across the scales before heading out for a long trip for sure.

I do have a question as to what era of D3 you found the weights on ?

Were the older ones heavier or lighter?
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Old 10-17-2008, 01:04 AM   #20 (permalink)
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From To
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00269 00639 1973
00640 02102 1974
02103 03012 1975
03013 03666 1976
03667 04315 1977
04316 05414 1978
05415 06101 1979

go to ironrecord.com and you can see your unit was a 1975 as shown above. The D3B's would have come on after the D3's were discontinued. Some people will call your unit a D3A but there was no such thing, it was just a D3. You'll be glad you weight as much as you do when you're up against something that pushes back. I've never ever seen Cat introduce a new model such as a D3B that weighs less than it's predecessor, and they almost always will pop up the HP just a bit to set the hook. Watch out for the Cat Performance Handbook "Former Models" weights . . . the edition I looked at said your unit weighed far less than it really does . . . oddly, Cat dozers are often shown in their PHB Former Models sections without the weight of their C-Frame and blade included. Good luck!
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i recently hauled a cat D6R XL from houston to college station (about 90 miles) with my 08 F550, on a dual tridem trailer. truck pulled it just fine at 55-60mph, albeit sucking up fuel at the amazing rate of 4-5mpg! the cat and trailer weighed in at 36,400lb so it's quite a bit over what ford says i can tow...

a d3 is a lightweight and your f350 should have no trouble pulling it. just make sure your trailer brakes are up to par.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:38 AM   #22 (permalink)
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i recently hauled a cat D6R XL from houston to college station (about 90 miles) with my 08 F550, on a dual tridem trailer. truck pulled it just fine at 55-60mph, albeit sucking up fuel at the amazing rate of 4-5mpg! the cat and trailer weighed in at 36,400lb so it's quite a bit over what ford says i can tow...

a d3 is a lightweight and your f350 should have no trouble pulling it. just make sure your trailer brakes are up to par.
I CALL Bravo Sierra (B.S.) A cat D6R XL has a curb weight of 42,000 LBS. theres no way in heck any DPS officer would let that go un noticed.
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15k you should easily be able to pull just load it right put the majority of the weight on the axles i've heard of guys pulling such loads with 3/4ton trucks. But can your hitch and/or trailer take that weight?
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I CALL Bravo Sierra (B.S.) A cat D6R XL has a curb weight of 42,000 LBS. theres no way in heck any DPS officer would let that go un noticed.
heh. with no blade or ripper it fit nice and neat on the trailer with minimal overhang. and it certainly did not weigh in at over 40klb. regardless, if a DPS officer never sees you, then they never pull you over.

i'll be hauling a New Holland DC150 LGP later this month. perhaps i'll snap a few photos...
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Old 11-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well I picked it up and brought it into my shop in town last weekend. I had to buy a set of stock wheels and tires though as the KD rockstars and 315 Dunlop Mud Terrains combined with the 3:73 gears would have made it real pig for towing. Once I had all that straightened out the truck pulled fine, a bit slow on takeoff but I was able to run 65 mph no problem out on the road but stopped that soon as I figured out the trailer brakes weren't working. I smoked some lance armstrong wannabees real good on a few hills and that my friends was awesome fun. The red lights were a bit unnerving though, kinda sweated thru a few of them but thabkfully it was sunday morning so traffic was light. Yeah I know, this post sounds like I am a teenager, young dumb and full of it but at 40 something years old it felt good to pull some serious steel for once.

As far as a D6 I think I would maybe kick it up to at least an F650 but I am amazed Alexrex. You must have been running farm plates??
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We made the trip last week, left on a saturday to miss the LEO's as much as possible and scaled it just for grins. Total weight was right at 31,000 lbs. Truck pulled it fine, average speed of 60 mph but it did get slow on some of the hills. As far as brakes went we had the Prodigy cranked up as high as I could go and yes it was slow to stop but I drove very carefully especially going thru Dallas. The BD brakeloc helped out a little as well.

If you freak out over that I was behind with my SRW F350 truck with a gooseneck and a bumper pull piece of equipment behind it and my gross weight was right at 32,000 lbs.
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You scaled it but didn't get pictures? This thread is worthless w/o pictures.
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Go for it and see what happens.. I would probbly try it myself if i knew my truck and trailer had good brakes
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you got farm tags youre a bit back woods and dont know the law appoligize and be on your way lol

thats what a local guy does and if its not much wider than the trailer they wont stop you with farm tags but commertial they would
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I would have taken pictures but for some weird reason I felt like I'd jinx the whole operation by snapping pictures. I've got the scale tickets though.

A D3 is not really a big piece of equipment, small but damn heavy. I've hauled backhoes and tractors that were bigger but not nearly as heavy.
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