Dad Builds Scale Replica of His D-8 CAT Bulldozer for His Lucky Son

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It’s not an exact replica, but this bulldozer built from lawn mower and snowmobile parts looks pretty similar to the real deal. It not only bears the distinctive CAT colors and trademark but is also fully functional. You’ll also see that the dozer’s simple design makes it easy enough for a 2-year-old to use, as one stick controls the speed while the other turns. This is definitely one of the best gifts you could give a kid if you have the time and know-how to build one like this Dad.

Dad Builds Scale Replica of His D-8 CAT Bulldozer for His Lucky Son

A Step-by-Step Guide for Mini Dozer Building

If you really want to be Father of the Year like this guy and have the time, there’s actually a step-by-step guide available that explains how to build one. Unlike the dozer, though, this guide is for building a different Caterpillar model, the Twenty Two. You’ll see from the extensive design plans that this project isn’t for the faint of heart, and you need to have a lot of extra time to devote to it if you want to finish it while your kid is still a kid. The guide is a detailed process you can follow starting with the frame and body panels, then moving on to the pump, underframe, and wheels. After covering the first test run, the guide then goes in to building the blade.

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Looking for a Cheaper Alternative?

It would be pretty amazing to build something like this for your kid, but there’s also an easier route to take if you want something similar that you can just buy. It’s called the Kid Trax Cat Bulldozer, and it’s a 12-volt battery-powered ride on constructed of plastic. Though not as powerful or impressive-looking, this dozer does offer some great features and capabilities:

  • Twin motor power for turn-in-place steering
  • Rubber traction strip tires
  • Manually operated boom for lifting and dumping small items
  • Forward and reverse
  • Goes up to 2.5 mph

Modeled after the Cat D8 Dozer

The functional dozer replica here obviously doesn’t have an enclosed cockpit or many other features of the real thing, but it is apparently modeled somewhat after the CAT D8T, which is a large dozer with some impressive capabilities:

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