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Old Faithful: The Komatsu Dozer




If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It.


On Instagram recently, Jason Strange posted about how he bought a 98 model Komatsu bulldozer and did not intend to keep it.  The Ace’s Custom Builds general contractor wanted to use the dozer to clear a tract of land in Huntsville, Texas, then sell it when he was done. However, that project made Strange realize how much he enjoyed being on the dozer, it was his getaway.


Fifteen years later, now King of Metal Homes, Jason Strange still has the dozer. He incorporates it into building the house pads for all the metal homes he and his team custom build. Old Faithful, the beloved dozer, has sentimental value, it's a part of the family now. 


Strange believes it's like saying, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it”. It doesn't take a brand new dozer to construct a high quality barndominium. Old Faithful is all he needs.


Why Komatsu Bulldozer for Barndominium Construction?


In the world of construction, efficiency and reliability are paramount. When Ace’s Custom Builds undertakes a project such as building a custom barndominium – structures that combine the functionality of a barn with the comfort of a home – having the right equipment can make all the difference. 


Among the heavy machinery available, the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer stands out as a versatile workhorse, capable of tackling various tasks with ease. In this blog post, we'll look into the features and benefits of this powerhouse machine and explore how it can streamline the construction process for barndominium projects. 


Jason Strange didn’t name his dozer Old Faithful for nothing.


Jason Strange uses his Komatsu Dozer to make a lake in Huntsville, Texas.
Jason Strange uses his Komatsu Dozer for many things. Here, he's using it to constructing a lake in Huntsville, Texas.

The 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer is Hardworking.


The 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer, also known as the Komatsu D85, is a stalwart in the construction industry. Renowned for its robust build, exceptional performance, and user-friendly design, this bulldozer has earned its place as a go-to choice for contractors and builders worldwide. With a powerful engine, advanced hydraulics, and rugged construction, it is well-equipped to handle the demanding tasks associated with barndominium construction.


Komatsu Bulldozer’s Key Features and Specifications:


Let's take a closer look at some of the standout features and specifications of the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer:


Engine: Powered by a turbocharged, six-cylinder diesel engine, the bulldozer delivers ample horsepower and torque, ensuring smooth operation even in challenging terrain.


Blade: Equipped with a large, heavy-duty blade, the bulldozer excels at pushing and leveling soil, gravel, and other materials. This makes the dozer an ideal choice for site preparation and foundation work when Ace’s Custom Builds begins constructing a metal home.


Tracks: The machine's wide tracks provide excellent traction and stability, allowing it to navigate uneven terrain and rough surfaces with ease.


Operator Comfort: The bulldozer's spacious cab is designed for operator comfort and convenience, featuring ergonomic controls, adjustable seating, and excellent visibility for enhanced safety and productivity. Part of the reason general contractor Jason Strange enjoys being in his dozer, Old Faithful.


Versatility: From clearing land and excavating trenches to backfilling and grading, the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer is capable of performing a wide range of construction tasks, making it a valuable asset on any construction site.





How is the Komatsu Dozer Helpful in Barndominium Construction?


Now, let's talk about how the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer is utilized by in the construction of barndominiums, from 'dirt to doorknobs' as Ace's Custom Builds would say:


Site Preparation: Before construction can begin, the site must be properly cleared and leveled. The bulldozer's powerful blade can quickly remove vegetation, rocks, and debris, while its ability to grade and compact soil ensures a stable foundation for the structure.


Foundation Work: Whether pouring a concrete slab or building a basement, precise excavation is essential for laying the groundwork for a metal home. The bulldozer's precision controls and versatile blade make it well-suited for digging trenches, shaping earth, and creating smooth, level surfaces.


Access Roads and Driveways: Barndominiums often feature long driveways or access roads leading to the main structure. The bulldozer's ability to grade and shape gravel or dirt roads ensures safe and accessible transportation to and from the property.


Landscaping and Finishing Touches: Once the main construction is complete, the bulldozer can be used for landscaping tasks such as grading, contouring, and shaping the surrounding terrain. Additionally, it can assist Ace’s Custom Builds with installing drainage systems, retaining walls, and other finishing touches to enhance the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the property.


Advantages of Using the Komatsu Bulldozer:


Choosing the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer for barndominium construction offers several advantages:


Efficiency: With its powerful engine and versatile capabilities, the bulldozer can significantly expedite the barndominium construction process, allowing for faster project completion and reduced labor costs.


Precision: The bulldozer's advanced hydraulics and operator-friendly controls enable precise maneuvering and grading, ensuring accurate results and minimizing rework.


Durability: Built to withstand the rigors of heavy-duty construction work, the bulldozer boasts a rugged construction and high-quality components that enhance longevity and reliability, even in harsh operating conditions, such as the Huntsville, Texas heat.


Versatility: From initial site preparation to final landscaping, general contractor Jason Strange has found that the bulldozer's multifunctional design makes it a valuable asset throughout all stages of the construction process. This eliminates the need for multiple specialized machines.



Case Study: Ace’s Custom Builds Barndominium Construction Project:


To illustrate the practical applications of the 98 Model Komatsu Bulldozer in real-world scenarios, let’s talk about how Ace’s Custom Builds has used the dozer for  barndominium construction projects:


Site Selection and Preparation: Ace’s uses the bulldozer to clear trees, brush, and rocks from the site, creating a level building pad.


Foundation Excavation: Precise trenches are dug for the foundation footings and plumbing lines, ensuring proper alignment and depth.


Grading and Compaction: General contractor Jason Strange also uses the dozer to grade the soil around the foundation then compacts it to prevent settling, which shapes the landscape to facilitate drainage.


Access Road Construction: A gravel access road is graded and compacted, providing safe and convenient entry to the custom built metal home.


Final Landscaping: The bulldozer contours the surrounding terrain, installs erosion control measures, and prepares the site for landscaping and outdoor amenities.


Jason Strange Never Regrets Keeping Old Faithful


The 98 Model Komatsu Dozer is a versatile and indispensable asset for Ace’s Custom Builds when custom building metal homes. 


With its powerful performance, precision controls, and multifunctional design, the dozer offers contractors and builders such as Jason the efficiency, reliability, and flexibility needed to tackle a wide range of tasks with confidence. 


Whether it's site preparation, foundation work, or finishing touches, this rugged workhorse delivers exceptional results, making it Jason Strange’s ultimate companion for bringing metal home visions to life. For more dozer content, follow Ace's Custom Builds and Jason Strange on Instagram!


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