Random set of the day: Bulldozer

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Bulldozer

Bulldozer

©1979 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 951 Bulldozer, released in 1979. It's one of 12 Technic sets produced that year. It contains 372 pieces.

It's owned by 269 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Another technic? Hmmmm

But alas Huwbot has not graced us with a technic figure. Why doth he withhold the key to my prosperity and happiness??

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By in Norway,

This was my very first Technic set, I think I was 8 when I got it. I never got it to work properly as I did one mistake - even if I knew perfectly well what I did wrong, I never got around to fixing it. It was actually the assembly in the upper-left corner of the picture - the leftmost crosswise axle is actually two non-connected #4 axles but I thought it looked "wrong" so I used a single #8 like the other two (edit: the rightmost one is actually a #6), as a result the lifting and tipping functions became interconnected.

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By in United States,

One of my first Technic sets, and my kids are now playing with the surviving treads for their on creations. I keep thinking I'll come up with a cool use for the trapezoid sides of the blade.

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By in United States,

Awesome old set! Amazing how it does all the functions LEGO is now dependent on being done with linear actuators and pneumatics; without all that.

Why do they call it a bulldozer? I personally would call it a trackhoe.

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By in Canada,

This was my second technic set. I was 13 and I bought it with my own earned money. (picking tomatoes). Really like the set. It is really a mix of a pay-loader and a bulldozer. Never seen a real one like this.

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By in Turkey,

I got all the gears, and the axels and the pins, as well as the yellow hoe pieces (from that era too). Yet when you don't have the beams to build it, all that means nothing. Sad...

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By in United States,

Nice set, found a few of these in LEGO lots over the years, and a bit of a pain to build (especially if you get a step wrong) but the end result is mighty nice for a set of its age.

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By in Hungary,

Bulldozer feeds upon the weaker as they fall. Bulldozer crushes all

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow the old Technic Bulldozer. 3 Things
I have one but only 268 others do, which makes it quite rare for Bricksetters
Has this been a random set before, I remember remembering about a yellow Technic set i commented on previously, I dont have many.
Which set is it 951 or 856, I have the one in the picture? Ah the old different numbering system for America ? Why did they do that to start with?

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By in New Zealand,

What a Beauty! Nice box art too. Hey Lego, I would buy this.

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By in Netherlands,

I remember wanting this for my birthday but my dad came with 8848 which is actually a better set. Funny enough this is not really a bulldozer.

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By in Belgium,

My first Technic set.
I still have it!

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By in United Kingdom,

A great set, I never had one as a child, but keep looking out for one at a price not too far above the budget set by my Chief Financial Officer:-) Difficult, given its apparent rarity though.
And yes, I really like the way the functionality of this and other Technic sets of the era was achieved entirely through manual wheels & levers, not a motor or pneumatic piston in sight - it may have made for a more "clumsy" play, but it certainly taught you mechanics, gear reductions, the lever principle, etc!

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By in United States,

@davejbur It does actually include instructions on how to add the motor from that era lol.

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome set - I've built a red one too (the red bucket ends are hard to come by), added full remote control, and even built a half-size one that still has all the same functions!

Next step is a blue one, then one made from all-black parts. And I do mean 'all'...

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By in Turkey,

One of my first sets which my father bought in 1980 from Cyprus. Now my 6 years old son is playin' with it , still one of my favorite.

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By in United Kingdom,

cody6268, it's actually a tracked loader, the tracked equivalent of 42030 Wheeled Loader, not a bulldozer. A wheeled loader is also known as a loading shovel. I think it's pretty spectacular that 856 / 951 get the basics of the mechanics right using the first generation of Technic!
(I used to buy these things for real from the likes of Caterpillar, Volvo, JCB, Liebherr etc. If it's got a bucket on the front for carrying loose sand, aggregate, woodchips etc, it's a loader; if it's got a blade on the front for pushing dirt around, it's a bulldozer. Lego have been getting it wrong for years!! :-) )

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By in Ireland,

Today's set is 951, but today's picture is 856...
I had 856 back in the 80s and loved it. Yes, it was a little flimsy and the mechanism wasn't the most realistic, but it was ingenious and worked a treat.

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By in United States,

Another oldie but goodie! Although now referred to as Technic, these sets started as Expert Builder sets here in the US (just check and early catalog). Nonetheless, I enjoyed my set immensely and still have it in its box and all; somehow I feel the newer sets lost something without the plastic inserts and extra pictures on the back of the box and on the inside of the lid for other neat models to build (without instructions I might add). I liked to pit this one against the yellow forklift which had an alternate model of a construction grader which went nicely along with the mobile crane and power truck.

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By in Australia,

This is actually a really neat set with a couple of features I love:

all the controls are at the back... hidden from main view - I think it's really cheap of many modern sets to have a dial knob directly on the mechanism itself - route those axles!

The lifting linkage is very clever.. it keeps the bucket perfectly level as you lift it!

I rebuilt mine a few years ago, and my son loved playing with it.. it's still very playable 40 years later!

But it's amazingly small, compared to modern technic monsters! :)

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