A new Caterpillar 6040 excavator has been recently commissioned and delivered to a Central Queensland mine by the Hastings Deering and Hexex team. The new excavator is a step change in safety designed in accordance with the principles of MDG 41 and 15 as a standard build.
This machine features twin engines and a cab loaded with lots of control hardware. Caterpillar says that some variants of the Caterpillar 6040 excavator include:
- All stairways have 45° angle for safe and comfortable access and movement about the machine.
- Slide down emergency egress ladder directly adjacent to the operator’s cab.
- Hydraulically operated boarding ladder with emergency lowering via nitrogen accumulator ensures that ladder remains operational even when engines shut off.
- Machine swing and propel capability is switched-off when the ladder is in the down position.
SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE IMPROVED FOR 6040 EXCAVATOR
- Improved routing and clamping of hydraulic hoses.
- Hydraulic hoses and electrical wiring are separated from each other for fire prevention.
- All service areas are accessible via anti-slip walkways, and trip hazards are eliminated.
- All hot surfaces are covered to prevent burns.
- Cabinet with battery isolation switch, mounted on top deck directly above the battery box, allows quick and easy shut-off of voltage on the entire shovel.
- The cabinet contains a starter isolator which allows onboard voltage but prevents starting of engines.
- An easily accessible, standard shut-off switch located in the cab shuts down the electrical system in case of emergencies.
- Additional shut-off switches are located on the machine, in the machine house or accessible from the ground with pull ropes.
PRECISE BUCKET CONTROL – CAT 6040 EXCAVATOR
• Minimizing the potential for material spill onto the attachment or cab, the TriPower automatic roll-back limiter prevents the bucket from being curled back too far.
Images Courtesy of Hastings Deering
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