"It's the killdozer dozey dozey sleepy show!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Kill Dozer was a competitor on Robot Wars, competing solely in The Second Wars. Though it lost its only battle, Kill Dozer is most notable for holding off Matilda in the Tug of War trial, while every other robot competing in the Heat Trial was pulled into the Pit.


Insides of killdozer

The insides of Kill Dozer

Kill Dozer was a basic box-shaped robot with a large hydraulic lifter on the front, which could hoist a ton in theory (realistically it could lift in excess of 12 stone) and featured 1.5' spikes, and a blade at the back to protect the rear wheels. It was armoured in aluminium with a steel chassis.


Kill Dozer without its paint job

"We needed something tough but cheap, steel seemed ideal except it was heavy. To keep the weight down the design used side plates braced with steel square section tube. The tube was free, being cut from some old bench legs in a skip. The side plates were made from 3mm thick steel."
— Kill Dozer website on the chassis

Tracks were used at first, these were later replaced due to friction during turning. The turning of Kill Dozer is worth noting as the rear wheel drive meant the front of the robot turned in a huge arc while the back went in a small arc. Most robots with 2WD have the wheels situated in the middle which means the robot turns evenly.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit


Kill Dozer in the Gauntlet

In the Gauntlet, Kill Dozer chose the ramp route, momentarily caught on the spikes on its way there. It decided to try and lift the wall instead of push through it, which caused the bricks to fall in an awkward position for it to progress. It managed to get onto the ramp but its low ground clearance gave it difficulty. Matilda then sliced through the aluminium armour until cease was called. Despite travelling only 5.8 metres, it surpassed Penetrator and the eliminated Broot, and progressed to the Trial.


Kill Dozer in the Tug of War

"We used spikes on the bottom of the blade to dig into the floor of the arena. Matilda didn't have a chance!"
— Paul Hart on the team's tactics in The Trial

Kill Dozer was the only robot to survive the full 30 seconds in the Tug of War against Matilda. It did so by digging its scoop into the arena floor, but was only stopped from dragging Matilda into the pit by the slope which left the drive wheels spinning in mid-air.

Ivanhoe vs kill dozer

Kill Dozer lifts Ivanhoe


Sir Killalot lifts Kill Dozer

In the Arena Semi-Final against Ivanhoe, it was able to get underneath its opponent, but was unable to turn it over with its lifter. Both robots went into the PPZ and were attacked by the house robots. Sir Killalot lifted Kill Dozer up, held it over the flame pit for a while, and then dropped it into the pit.

"We managed to lift it off the ground with the blade easily but their chassis dug into the stage and we couldn't push it. Killalot was fast approaching so I dropped them and ran. We got caught in the PPZ by a combination of bad driving and radio interference (I know everyone blames that but it was really bad - the studio was under 11,000 volt pylons)."
— Team Kill Dozer's version of the battle with Ivanhoe


Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Arena Semi-Final
Heat J, Gauntlet 5.8m (4th) Qualified
Heat J, Trial (Tug of War) Survived (1st) Qualified
Heat J, Semi-Final vs. Ivanhoe Lost


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

NOTE: Kill Dozer's successful Gauntlet and Trial runs are not included

Series RecordEdit

Killdozer aftermath

Kill Dozer after meeting Matilda

Series Kill Dozer Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final
The Third Wars Entered with Raizer Blade
The Fourth Wars Entered with Raizer Blade
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter


  • Kill Dozer was originally intended to have tracks, but because of the amount of current required to drive them they were changed to wheels 3 days before the audition.[1]
  • Team member Howard Andrews had Jury Duty during the construction of Kill Dozer, meaning he could only help with half of the construction.[2]



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