The DL550B is the construction industry’s first fully integrated compact dozer loader.
The DL550B leverages the footprint of a compact track loader (CTL) with the chassis-integrated C-frame and blade of a dozer to create a powerful two-in-one machine for grading and loading applications. The DL550B features a true dozer-style undercarriage for optimal dozing performance and is available in either steel or rubber track configurations to provide contractors with extreme flexibility based on the types of turf/jobs they work on. It will also feature Case Universal Machine Control, which allows it to be outfitted straight from the dealer with any of the three major suppliers of grade/machine control technologies. It will also be compatible with Case SiteControl CoPilot, which provides a mastless machine control experience with basic control of slope/grade.
The machine weighs approximately 18,000 lb (8,165 kg) and operates at 114 hp (84 kW). It is also available with an optional fully integrated ripper and is compatible with a wide range of heavy-duty attachments that make it suitable for everything from initial site clearing to finish grading. Case dealers will begin taking orders for the DL550B in Q4 2020 with units arriving in 2021. Those interested in the machine can relive its product development journey at minotaur.CaseCE.com and sign up there to receive additional updates as it gets closer to the official launch.
The DL550B features a six-way blade and a c-frame that attaches directly into the chassis and primary coupler of the machine. This design provides the stability and smooth operating plane of a small dozer and ensures that all operating power and stress is channeled through the chassis instead of the attachment coupler and arms of the machine (compared to a basic dozer blade attachment on a CTL).
Transitioning to a CTL-style operation is easy: The operator simply hydraulically detaches the C-frame and blade to match up with a bucket, forks or hundreds of other attachments available for skid steers and CTLs. The machine comes standard with a 1.25 yd3 (0.96 m3) bucket, available with either a cutting edge or SmartFit teeth system.
The DL550B also offers auxiliary hydraulic options that exceed any of the CTLs in the current Case line-up, which matches well with high-speed attachments such as mulchers and grinders for heavy duty land clearing and site development work.
The DL550B features electro-hydraulic dozer joysticks that also operate similar to ISO controls in skid steers and CTLs — changing from dozer to CTL operating function is as simple as the push of a button. Forward and reverse travel, and steering, is controlled with the left hand while boom and bucket controls are manipulated by the right hand when operating in CTL mode. Those same right-hand controls operate the lift, angle and tilt functions of the six-way blade when in dozer mode. Popular Case dozer features such as blade shake, as well as manual pitch adjustment, are also incorporated.
The machine benefits from the all-new operator interface enhancements recently introduced with the Case B Series skid steers and CTLs, including an 8-inch LCD multifunction display that serves as its control center. It features an integrated backup camera, core machine settings, trip meters, service interval information and machine operating status details similar to an automotive dashboard. The DL550B is also available with Case SiteWatch telematics to further streamline fleet management and planned maintenance activities. Source