Plant machinery - bulldozers, excavators, loaders - are a major investment in any construction or earth moving project. You won't be able to do the job without them, of course, but you are looking at an investment of many thousands of pounds in all that shiny metal.
But why buy new? Just as the savvy car buyer saves money by buying used, construction plant managers can make a big cut in their project expenditure by choosing used plant machinery, as long as it has been thoroughly checked and refurbished by the seller.
Bulldozers and other earth-moving equipment are built to be tough, sturdy and to take some serious punishment. That is their purpose. That power will not be diminished by a history - so why waste money on more expensive unused models? You could even argue that used plant machinery has been seasoned and proved its toughness in the field. Used plant machinery has been broken in by its previous owners and it is now fully ready to make your own construction or earth moving project the success it deserves to be.
Making the Earth Move
The bulldozer as we know it today shares common origins with the tank. Both began as adapted versions of the Holt farm tractors once used to plough fields.
The father of the bulldozer was a Kansas farmer called James Cummings, who collaborated with a draughtsman called J Earl McLeod to create the world's first bulldozer in 1923.
In the 90 years since, the bulldozer has become ever bigger and more powerful as its uses have multiplied. Leading manufacturers of modern earth moving equipment include Caterpillar, Komatsu, Case, JCB, Liebherr, LiuGong, Terex, Fiat-Allis, John Deere and International Harvester.
A variety of attachments are available to adapt and extend the bulldozer's power, including a 'ripper', to loosen densely packed earth, and the 'stumpbuster', a powerful spike which is used to split open tree stumps as part of land-clearing operations.
Many modern bulldozers are also available with special GPS technology, from such manufacturers as Topcon Positioning Systems, Trimble and Leica Geosystems.
The Best in Used Plant Machinery
If you are in the market for used plant machinery, you could do a lot worse than visit Red Bull Equipment, who specialise in quality used plant machinery from Komatsu and Caterpillar.