Going underground: Cat unveils new R2900

CATERPILLAR has launched its new R2900 underground loader, which is said to deliver the ‘high performance’ and 17.2-tonne payload of its predecessor as well as meeting the strictest diesel engine emissions standards, including those in Europe and North America.

The machine is powered by a Cat C15 engine, and is available in a number of emissions configurations to meet the needs of mining operations around the world.

The six-cylinder engine is turbocharged and air-to-air aftercooled. The manufacturer said it produces 305 kW (409 hp) in standard configuration and 293 kW (393 hp) in EU Stage V compliant form.

Using the Cat Clean Emissions Module to limit both particulate matter and NOx to ‘near zero’, the R2900 is certified to meet EU Stage V and Canada’s CANMET standards.

The R2900 is available with ‘high ambient’ cooling capability. Caterpillar said the ‘key component’ of the package is a high efficiency radiator, which features a modular design with individual tubes that can be serviced independently to reduce maintenance time.

“The engine end frame design features new, simple structures that extend durability and accommodate modular components, which facilitate maintenance and repair,” Caterpillar said. “Remote axle and transmission coolers and filters enable easy access, and a single fuel tank replaces the dual tanks on the previous model. The new tank provides ground level access for refueling. The available brake release and tow hook allows disengaging the parking brake and hooking to the machine from the rear in the event the machine must be towed.”

The manufacturer added that the in-cab display allows for machine health monitoring through Cat Product Link Elite. A range of bucket sizes and configurations are available to match material characteristics and optimise productivity.

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