2020 - Volume #44, Issue #2, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Build A Mini Dozer With DIY Kit
“We’ve seen a definite resurgence in interest. There’s lots of nostalgia,” he says. “Many people remember seeing us on the cover of Popular Science, and thought it was cool as a kid. Now they want to build one with their grandkids, at the same time passing down their DIY skills.”
Many updates through the years include: zero-turn technology, stronger track chain, and Tandem Chain Path. The little dozer is a powerhouse and useful for hobbyists and homeowners to landscape, level driveways, create a garden bed, pull logs or plow snow. Some contractors use it for backfilling trenches in tight spaces.
The MINI-DOZER MD196K is about the size of a lawn tractor, and the DIY kit contains all the parts needed, including: tracks, decals and a Briggs & Stratton 250cc engine, for just over $4,000 (sale price through March 31, 2020). Buy it for less if you supply your own engine. Struck uses U.S. steel, and the company designs, fabricates and welds the parts in its Cedarburg, Wis., factory.
Customers buy the paint in the color they want, then clean, prime and paint the pre-cut pieces. The kit comes with a spiral bound, step-by-step assembly manual, and only basic tools are necessary to assemble the dozer. Generally it takes about 36 hrs. to complete.
People who want more information can order the assembly manual for $39, Prochnow suggests. It comes with more than 240 photos, a DVD showing the MINI-DOZER in action, plus a $50 coupon toward the purchase of the MINI-DOZER.
In addition to the DIY kit dozer, Struck also sells larger dozers and track loaders that are already assembled, along with many attachments. Check the website for more information and a video.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Struck Corporation, W51N545 Struck Lane, Cedarburg, Wis., 53012 (ph 877-828-8323; www.struckcorp.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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