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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 310

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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1 min.
training ground

Aboriginal trainees are being given earthmover operator accreditation and job search support through a new partnership between JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA), TAFE Western (NSW) and the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal cultural and education centre. The scheme will see about 15 trainees get their accreditation on JCB machines each year. The initial five-day program was attended by nine trainees of between 15 and 53 years old, who gained operator accreditation on excavators, skid steer loaders and backhoes. Based in the Western Sydney suburb of Penrith, Muru Mittigar, is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is owned and operated by Aboriginal people. It seeks to advance Aboriginal culture and aid in workforce development. The organisation’s CEO, Peter Chia, says the new program will open the door to new career opportunities for the local Aboriginal community: “It’s a…

1 min.
bobcat on track

Construction equipment giant Bobcat has announced the release of the new T450 compact track loader in Australia, to be sold through Clark Equipment. Bobcat says operator comfort is the focus of the new model. Although still a compact machine (it measures 1.49m wide and has an operating weight of 2.8 tonnes), the T450 boasts a larger cab than any of its predecessors. Noise and vibration have been greatly reduced by attaching the exhaust muffler directly to the engine, avoiding the need for a flex element. The cab is also air-conditioned. Operator visibility has been improved by positioning the operator as far forward in the cab as possible, bringing the operator closer to the working area of the machine. Window sizes have been increased over previous models and Bobcat says the machine has the…

1 min.
hammer time

Caterpillar has released a range of E-Series hydraulic hammers designed specifically for use with mini excavators, skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and backhoe loaders. The new hammers are available in four sizes — H35E/Es, H45E/Es, H55E/Es and H65E/Es — and all come in both silenced and side-plate versions. The silenced (s) models use a fully enclosed housing that supresses noise and vibration. The new hammers mark an important milestone for Caterpillar, as they are the first hammers to be designed and manufactured completely in-house. The previous D-Series had been designed and manufactured in a joint venture with Sandvik. Recognising the need to have control over the design and manufacturing process, Caterpillar ended the partnership in 2009. This has allowed for better integration with its existing machines and attachments. Pressure and flow requirements are set to…

1 min.
dream drill

Sandvik Mining has released the DR461i, a diesel-powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole mining drill designed to withstand harsh conditions in different climates. The company says the rig is ‘automation ready’, reliable, easy to use, suitable for both rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) applications, and has a number of new safety features. The latter include autonomous pipe handling, above-the-deck bit change, additional walkways, hand railings and safety interlocks. “The drill has been designed to fully comply with the various safety standards around the world, including Australia’s own Mining Design Guidelines (MDG) for mobile and transportable equipment in mines, Earth Moving Equipment Safety Roundtable (EMESRT) Design Philosophies and CE conformity marking,” Sandvik Mining surface drills and exploration business line manager Scott Wright says. The operator is looked after with a completely new cab designed for comfort and ease…

1 min.
double exposure

Loadex Hire, which has owned more than 100 Kobelco earthmovers over the past 20 years, has added two new 48-tonne Kobelco SK500LC-9 excavators to its fleet, citing fuel efficiency as the driving factor behind the purchase. The company, which has branches in Adelaide and Perth, has made the two machines available to Western Australian customers as a step up from the Kobelco SK480LC. “The SK480LC was a well-received model but the new ones are even better on fuel consumption, power and safety [and feature] rear-view cameras,” Loadex Hire manager Clayton Van Geest says. That fuel efficiency, he says, could deliver big savings to customers. “With these new excavators you get the same or better production as the older model but you’re using a third less fuel,” Van Geest says. “That’s a lot when you’re talking…

2 min.
going it alone

Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) mine haul trucks have hit a milestone, moving 330 million tonnes of material while being monitored by a single controller per shift located up to thousands of kilometres away. While it’s a common misconception that the trucks are remote-controlled, the company points out that its FrontRunner haul trucks run completely autonomously. Based on conventional large mining trucks, they are able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which Komatsu says delivers “significant safety, productivity, reliability, performance and operational benefits to mine fleet owners” Komatsu Australia managing director Sean Taylor says the FrontRunners are typically loaded by conventionally operated manned loading tools – such as shovels or front-end loaders – and then haul overburden to waste dumps or paddock dumps for spreading, or haul mined resources…