Even though both machines are considered heavy-duty earthmoving equipment, there are some key differences between the two machines, including application purposes too. Read on to find out more:
Structure and Mobility
It is easy to visually see the difference between a motor grader and a bulldozer, with the most obvious being in their wheel base. Motor graders have a long, four-wheel drive base which allows them to offer precise clearing. Bulldozers have tracks on which they move, which allows them to offer excellent ground holding capabilities.
Thanks to the tracks that bulldozers move along on, they are able to work on particularly rough or uneven sites because these tracks allow the weight of the machine to be more evenly distributed. They can move through mud, sand, over uneven rocks, or in forests easier than motor graders can. Motor graders work better in open areas that require detailed finishing and levelling.
Motor graders are excellent at large projects which need fine grading or small amounts of materials like soil or earth. If large amounts of heavy loads like rocks, sand or trees need to be moved on rough terrains, then a bulldozer is your best bet. Because of the placement of the blade on a motor grader, it cannot move heavy materials like a dozer can. However, it can grade and flatten an area of soil with more precision than a bulldozer.
Understanding more about the differences between the two earthmoving machines can also be seen when understanding more about the variety of applications or specific functions that each machine is recommended for, namely:
Motor Grader Applications:
- Grading smooth base layers for roads to be paved
- Grading smooth foundations for large buildings to be built
- Creating slopes and inclines
- Digging drainage ditches
- Removing snow and ice for road maintenance in cold weather
- Blade used to push large loads of heavy materials up and out of an area
- The ripper on the back of a bulldozer is used to break down and rip into compacted material in order for the blade to push it out of the way.
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