This report concerns the French market for crawler dozers and crawler loaders, and is an update of the report last published in the European Service in July 2012. Demand for crawler dozers is usually reasonably stable and the time when they were losing ground to hydraulic excavators has long past. In this mature market, the machines offered have engines ranging from 90 to over 800 horsepower. In practice there is no demand for the very small dozers, as sold in Asia, and very little for the small utility machines with engines below 100 horsepower, popular in North America. Only three such machines are now available locally and the majority of the crawler dozer market lies between 140 and 190 horsepower.
Crawler loaders have a firm market in France, although it is much smaller than it was in the past. The preferred sizes are powered by engines of a similar size to those employed in crawler dozers and the machines are operated with buckets of 1.75 to 2.5 m3. Larger crawler loaders exist in manufacturers’ catalogues but potential users turn to other machines, notably larger wheeled loaders and hydraulic excavators when they need more loading capacity.
European Equipment Analysis: Crawler Dozers and Loaders - France
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