Case Construction Equipment has unveiled its latest machine, the Case Minotaur DL550 skid steer loader at a product launch event at Case’s Tomahawk Customer Center. The Minotaur is a first category of equipment for Case.
The Minotaur is now rolling off the assembly line at Case’s manufacturing facility in Wichita, Kansas. The product launch represents more than six years of development and collaboration between numerous factories, personnel, test facilities and Case departments.
“The Minotaur has the potential to be the first machine on the jobsite and the last to go,” says Case Product Manager Jeff Jacobsmeyer of the machine’s versatility.
Weighing over 18,000 pounds and working with 114 horsepower, the new machine offers grading and grading performance, as well as field loading capabilities and compatibility with hundreds of attachments.
“Our main motivation was to have a machine with a compact and versatile design. So a smaller footprint with all the extra power,” says Jacobsmeyer.
The breakthrough of the Case Minotaur DL550 is the chassis-integrated C-frame with six-way dozer blade. The C-frame hydraulically couples to the machine frame, as well as the attachment coupler. This design provides the stability and smooth operating plane of a small bulldozer while ensuring that all operating power is channeled through the entire body of the machine. This establishes better performance and long-term reliability than simply combining a dozer blade attachment with a traditional compact track loader.
It also comes standard with Case Universal Machine Control, which makes the machine ready for any of the three major machine control technology vendors (Leica Geosystems, Topcon and Trimble), which are sold separately. It is also available with an optional fully integrated ripper to rip through difficult terrain to simplify dozing and earthmoving operations.
The C-frame is then detached to allow the operator to use it as a loader with a heavy-duty 1.25 cubic yard bucket or with hundreds of common loader attachments that many equipment owners already have in their fleet.
“Customer productivity and efficiency was what we really wanted to achieve,” says Terry Dolan, vice president of Case North America. “Ultimately, everything we produce is aimed at enabling an entrepreneur to do and perform their job more efficiently and increase their productivity.
“If you think about the challenges we have in the job market, being able to use one machine for many more different jobs while using one operator for that is beneficial,” he adds.
Dolan and Jacobsmeyer say customer feedback was key during the Minotaur creation process. The compact bulldozer loader holds 29 patents and has passed over 10,000 hours of field testing, in addition to countless customer clinics and typical laboratory and engineering tests.
Built on a bulldozer-style undercarriage and pushing with over 25,000 pounds of drawbar pull, the machine is available with three different track options to suit operator preferences and jobsite profiles:
- 14 inch single grouser steel tracks
- 18 inch triple grouser steel tracks
- 17.7 inch rubber tracks
The 90- or 96-inch six-way blade connected to the integrated C-frame is the same blade as the Case 650M dozer and gives the operator a full range of dozer controls and movement. The machine’s electro-hydraulic controls also offer responsiveness on par with full-size Case dozers, with the ability to set the sensitivity of the blade, steering and reverser to smooth, moderate or aggressive depending on operator preference. the operator. Blade responsiveness can be further tailored to operator preference by independently adjusting blade tilt, lift and angle speed.
The fully integrated rear ripper is easily controlled from inside the cab – it comes standard with three shanks and can be extended to five shanks for more aggressive ripping. The rear ripper feature must be selected when ordering as it cannot be added after the time of purchase.
“When you see the Minotaur, you can think of it as a big CTL, but it’s when you experience it that you realize it’s not a compact track loader. It really is a bulldozer first,” Dolan said. “For landscaping contractors doing commercial and residential work, being able to fit a full-size dozer blade here, not just a blade attachment, allows them to have the pushing power to do the clearing.” And then has the ability to go to precision ranking. I think landscaping contractors will be ideal for this.
In its loader configuration, the Case Minotaur DL550 has a rated operating capacity of 5,500 pounds (50% tipping load) with a breakout force of 12,907 pounds. It features a vertical lift pattern and operates in the ISO control pattern. It also features advanced electro-hydraulic control capabilities where operators can easily dial in the total machine responsiveness to low, moderate or aggressive; or independently adjust tilt, lift and drive speed, as well as loader arm and drive control to best suit job requirements.
Case builds the machine standard from the factory with upgraded high-flow auxiliary hydraulics to run the most demanding and powerful attachments, such as milling heads and cold planers. Minotaur’s upgraded high-flow hydraulic system can deliver up to 41.6 GPM at 4,100 psi through the ¾-inch hydraulic quick couplers.
The machine also allows operators to harness all that power with “hydraulics on demand,” where the operator can select the percentage of auxiliary hydraulic flow to the attachment via the machine’s multi-function display. This allows the operator to tune the performance of the attachment to their preference or the recommendations of the attachment manufacturer, ensuring efficient and correct operation of the attachment.
The Minotaur also comes with the Case SiteConnect module – a device that improves the volume, flow and integration of data with the Case SiteWatch telematics platform for real-time monitoring and management of maintenance intervals and maintenance. maintenance, as well as the analysis of the use and performance of the equipment. .
It’s also the foundation from which Case has made collaborative fleet management and remote diagnostics of compact equipment a reality. This enhanced connectivity allows the machine owner to share, with permission, real-time machine information with their Case dealer and the Case Uptime Center in Racine, Wisconsin.
Case achieves these remote service capabilities through the Case SiteManager app (iOS and Android). This app pairs the operator’s phone or device with the machine to enable remote analysis by a Case-certified technician, allowing them to diagnose the condition of each connected machine through various parameter reads and fault codes. ‘mistake. The technician decides if the problem can be solved remotely – like clearing codes or updating software – or if it requires a trip to the machine.
And in the event of a service need, the Case Minotaur DL550 is designed to make servicing easy with direct access to grouped service points and controls like all machines in the Case line. Service intervals and machine operating information are easily accessible on the machine’s eight-inch LCD screen in the cab.
To celebrate the launch of the machine, Case is launching a tour of the United States and Canada with more than 30 stops where the machine will be presented at Case dealerships.
For more information on the Case Minotaur DL550 compact bulldozer loader, contact your local Case dealer and learn more at CaseCE.com/Minotaur.