There’s a monster roaming the equipment yard, and it may be one snow and ice management contractors shouldn’t fear.
Case has uncaged the Minotaur DL55 compact dozer loader, a first of its kind hybrid of a bulldozer and compact loader the heavy-equipment manufacturer says is equipped with 21 patents and field tested for more than 10,000 hours. And while Greek legend describes the Minotaur as a half man-half bull mythical beast, Case’s engineering gods seem to have been conjuring a jobsite creature packed with both power and ample amounts of operating finesse and versatility.
Here are some of the Minotaur's key features Case is touting:
- Industry-exclusive chassis-integrated C-frame with six-way blade delivers true dozer performance
- Industry-exclusive fully integrated rear ripper for tearing tough soils (optional)
- Standard 1.25-cubic-yard bucket for heavy-duty loading and material handling
- Compatible with hundreds of attachments — enhanced high-flow comes standard
- Choice of steel tracks (two options) or rubber tracks to match jobsite profiles
- CASE Universal Machine Control allows for the precision construction solution of choice
- Powerful collaborative fleet management with CASE SiteWatch telematics (standard) and remote machine access for diagnostics and software uploads
In addition, Case has populated its website with a ton of Minotaur product specs and performance videos, including an 11-part concept-to-dealership series. You can get a deeper look at the Minotaur and form your own opinion HERE and HERE.
So, does the Minotaur make sense for the average snow and ice management contractor? Well, contractors engaged in construction or landscaping in the warmer months will have the opportunity to release the Minotaur from its labyrinth. Case has nearly 30 of its own attachments contractors can draw from for any number of tasks, including brooms, buckets and blades for winter snow and ice management. And combined with the nearly endless number of non-Case attachments on the market, this adds ample amounts of versatility and potential.
However, if you’re a snow only operation, the Minotaur’s power may be tempting, but it’s anticipated price tag may not make budgetary sense for equipment that’ll be idle during the warmer months of the year.
Regardless, the Minotaur is worth checking out either online or in person at your local dealer. And it’ll be interesting to see how competitors react and how soon they’ll be bringing their own monsters to market.
Mike Zawacki is editor of Snow Magazine.