Angle or Dozer Blade?

Staff | September 28, 2010

Angle blades are better suited for general earthmoving and snow removal than finegrading. Source: The Cat Rental Store

Obstacles to earthmoving or grading in the mud, on slopes, or in tight spaces can be overcome by turning a compact track loader into a mini dozer with an angle blade or dozer blade. But the two attachments are not always interchangeable, so which one is best? Renting them allows you to test and determine the best fit.

Angle blades can be hydraulically angled 30 degrees right or left. Adjustable, removable skid shoes add stability and provide depth control on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete. Angle blades can be set at three different heights to accommodate specific dozing requirements or tire arrangements.

Operators should be able to lock the blade for aggressive earthmoving, while for lighter tasks such as pushing livestock waste or snow, the pins can be removed for easier blade trip.

Look for a blade with tilt and angle features. A quality blade should have reversible cutting edges, while durable, wrapped hoses will help ensure leak-free operation. Universal couplings can adapt the blade to multiple loaders.

Dozer blades incorporate a more rugged blade with powered tilt and angle control. Bolt-on cutting edges should be reversible to extend wear life. Angled end bits, modeled after crawler-dozer blades, allow flush cutting against a vertical surface when the blade is fully tilted.

Consider your most common work when choosing a blade. Landscaping typically requires more precise cuts and final grading and so the adjustability of a six-way blade can be a significant advantage. Angle blades are better suited for rough grading, snow removal and general earthmoving. The biggest work tool may not always be the best choice. But if you do a lot of fine grading, the widest blade can ensure reach beyond the track width.