Here is a machine that should come into its own in the Far North Queensland wet season.
Cairns earthmoving and equipment hire contractors Nordig added the ‘swamp dozer’ to its fleet six months ago to fill a gap in the market in Cairns.
Business owner Todd Mitchell said the Cat D6K was suited to working on soft ground, although Nordig’s model had smaller tracks than the standard swamp dozer and could undertake some of the work of regular dozers as well.
It is fitted with a six-way blade, meaning it can work on various angles.
“Instead of just a big blade out the front to push things over, you can sculpt and shape things,” he said.
“The blade can be tilted up on an angle so that it can be used for making drains, cutting swales, scraping and levelling.
“It is quite a bit easier to do that with a six-way blade than a regular bulldozer.”
The machine is also better to manoeuvre on more intricate job sites, he said.
Mr Mitchell is hoping sodden conditions throughout the region will boost business for the machine once projects are able to restart.