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Komatsu introduces new LHDs for hard rock mining

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Global Mining Review,

With a new chassis, powertrain and operator cabin, Komatsu’s new WX07 7-t load, haul dump truck (LHD) has been designed to provide a standout experience and environment for underground hard rock mining operators.

Compared to competitors in its size class, the WX07 is 15% faster on a grade and delivers up to 10% more breakout force, making it up to 14% more productive. Engineered for small and narrow vein mines, this machine offers a combination of Z-link kinematics, a reinforced boom and efficient bucket design that enables excellent penetration into the pile for fast bucket filling. The WX07 is engineered to keep minerals loading with a 243 l fuel tank for longer operational cycles between refuellings.

The WX07’s operator cabin is built for visibility and ergonomics, including ample headroom for ease of entry and exit. A design that makes vital maintenance components accessible from ground level means that crews can perform service and repairs without the need to climb or use a ladder to get to key areas.

In addition to the new WX07, Komatsu’s Joy 4LD has been redesigned, renamed the WX04 and rebranded as a Komatsu product. A 4-t LHD built for challenging narrow vein applications, the WX04’s 190 l fuel tank offers 31% more capacity than its closest competitor, based on published data. The WX04 also offers 20% more breakout force than any machine in its size class.

“We’re excited to add the WX07 and WX04 to our LHD lineup, which now has a capacity that spans from 3 to 22 t,” said Bill Maki, Product Manager for Komatsu’s LHDs.

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