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Equal parts dozer and loader. Case has unleased the Minotaur DL55 compact dozer loader. But does this new piece of hardware make sense for your snow ops?

September 21, 2022

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There’s a monster roaming the equipment yard, and it may be a heavy-metal creature 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 have conjured a job-site tool packed with both power and ample amounts of operating finesse and versatility. Here are some of the Minotaur’s key features:

  • Industry-exclusive chassis-integrated C-frame with six-way blade delivers true dozer performance
  • Standard 1.25-cubic-yard bucket for heavy-duty loading and material handling
  • Compatible with hundreds of attachments, including snow – enhanced high-flow is 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 your 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 video 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. 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 sense for equipment that’ll sit idle during the warmer months. Regardless, the Minotaur is worth checking out.