Komatsu’s D85EX-18 earns first place in EquipmentWatch’s Highest Retained Value Awards for large dozers
Large construction and/or small mining companies want dozers that are built for high production, as well as solid value when it comes time to trade in or sell them. Komatsu’s D85EX-18 fits the bill and received a Highest Retained Value Award for large track dozers for 2022 from EquipmentWatch.
The 264-horsepower D85EX-18 has a five-year residual value of 72.71%, according to EquipmentWatch, which was about 10 percentage points higher than the overall average for the category. EquipmentWatch added that retained values are calculated using market data, depreciation standards and a proprietary algorithm.
“For EquipmentWatch’s Highest Retained Value Awards, the retained value is a prediction for the value of a piece of equipment five years from now,” said Don McLoud in the article “Komatsu D85EX-18: The Large Dozer with the Highest Retained Value for 2022” published by Equipment World. “Analysis was limited to models sold in 2022 to ensure these results can be applied to buying decisions today.”
When Komatsu introduced the D85EX-18 in 2015, it came with a new automatic transmission as well as the advantages of greater power-train efficiency and lower fuel consumption — even though its operating weight increased by nearly 10%. Two gearshift modes —automatic and manual — can be easily selected to fit the application: automatic for general dozing, and manual for dozing and ripping rough ground. For added efficiency, operators can choose E mode for all general dozing, leveling and spreading. E mode provides adequate speed and power, while saving up to 10% on fuel usage.
The D85EX-18 features Komatsu’s high-capacity, 9.4-cubic-yard SIGMADOZER blade with power pitch. This improves performance and increases productivity by up to 15%, compared to a conventional Semi-U blade. The SIGMADOZER blade’s unique front design rolls material to the center of the blade and increases soil-handling capacity. Digging resistance is reduced for a smoother flow of material, so larger amounts of soil can be dozed with less power. You can customize the D85EX-18 to your preference with additional blade options.
In addition to the standard D85EX-18, Komatsu manufactures a D85PX-18, which is designed for low ground pressure. There are also intelligent Machine Control (iMC) versions — D85EXi-18 and D85PXi-18 — as well as purpose-built D85EX-18 WH and D85PX-18 WH waste handling models. For more information on these and other dozers, visit www.komatsu.com/products/dozers.