Komatsu America's D51 EX/PX-22 crawler dozer won a silver award in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). According to the award citation, the super-slant-nose is a “unique feature (that) allows the operator to see objects that are very close to the blade, dramatically increasing safety and efficiency on the jobsite. This new design assures an improvement in fundamental dozer work parameters.”
The D51EX-22 and D51PX-22 dozers are 28,000-pound machines rated at 130 horsepower, and there are now two additional models -- the D39EX-22 and D39PX-22 -- with the slant-nose hood. The IDEA program has been administered since 1980 by the Industrial Designers Society of America and is sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine.
Read a grading-tractor pro's review of the D51 and see the view from the seat in Construction Equipment's Hands-On Earthmoving.