Komatsu, Deere or Caterpillar: which one should you choose?

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Caterpillar, John Deere and Komatsu are the 3 companies that lead the machinery market in North America. Almost any decision making when choosing an excavator or other construction vehicle will involve one of these brands.

If you are interested in acquiring a piece of esada machinery, and you are undecided between Cat, deere and Komatsu, here we help you! stay until the end of the article and draw your own conclusion on which of these brands best suits your needs and requirements.

Caterpillar excavators evoke confidence thanks to the long history of success of their models. On the other hand, John Deere and Komatsu are positioned as second or third choice due to the considerably lower price on new peer vehicles.

To make an adequate comparison between brands, you should consider a line of machines with similar operating weight, which have been issued to the market in considerably equivalent times and which are subjected to the same task under identical operating conditions. To exemplify the above, we will take the most popular 20-ton models between 2007 and 2013 of the Caterpillar, Komatsu and John Deere brands.

Caterpillar 320D

The 320D vehicle’s operating weight amounts to 22620 kilograms with a predominantly CAT C6.4 ACERT engine that reaches 140 horsepower and whose average fuel consumption range is between 16 to 22 liters per hour with a factor of high load between 60 to 80%.

320D machines have a much higher resale value in the domestic market compared to other brands, which implies less depreciation over the years. In addition, replacement parts can be purchased relatively easily by contacting authorized brand suppliers, generic manufacturers, and private owners.

John Deere 200D

John Deere 200D series vehicles have an operating weight of 22,072 kilograms with a model 6068H engine reaching 159 horsepower. The average fuel consumption range of this machine is between 20 to 25 liters per hour with a high load factor between 60 to 80%.

The 200D machines have the advantage of a lower acquisition cost compared to the Caterpillar brand name by up to 25% in the domestic market.

Komatsu PC200-8

Komatsu PC200-8 vehicles achieve an operating weight of 20,010 kilograms. They are equipped with a SAA6D107E-1 engine whose gross power amounts to 155 horsepower. In relation to its fuel consumption with a load factor between 60 and 80% it is positioned between 18 to 25 liters per hour.

Many of the Komatsu brand models stand out for their affordability in price with values ​​up to 30% lower than the Caterpillar brand, however, their depreciation is more accelerated which results in a low resale value.

When it comes to quality, everyone knows that all three of them invest heavily in making their own models, parts and components whenever possible.

However, the interesting thing is that Komatsu has a unique specification developed specifically for the Australian and New Zealand market. This specification is called the Komatsu Australia Ltd. Standard Specification.

Comparing them, they are incredibly high-quality machines that combine evenly. And, your preference may be more inclined to a personal opinion than to a standard level.

Before choosing any heavy machinery equipment, especially an excavator, you should make sure you know the average annual depreciation for a possible resale, the fuel consumption of the vehicle and the availability of spare parts in your country. In addition to this, if you decide to buy it used, it is very important that you verify its useful life. Consult with a professional team each and every one of the doubts you have. At AllParts we are happy to help you.


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