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A versatile and highly productive drill, the MD6540 is powered to drill large holes in soft- or hard-rock applications and efficiently operate in extreme conditions. Our engineers built the MD6540 to be productive, reliable, easy to service, safe and comfortable anywhere on the globe. It is the ideal size and weight to be highly mobile, making it the best value in its class. It also has an advanced technology platform that includes drill monitoring and auto functions, among other systems, that further support its productivity and low cost of ownership. Powered to drill 229-381 mm (9-15 in) diameter holes, the MD6540 delivers the right amount of bit load (54 000 kg/119,050 lb), rotary torque (20 880 N•m/15,400 ft-lb at 124 rpm), and on-board air (3,600 cfm) to achieve fast penetration rates. And with a small footprint and a quick setup, you realize greater production time. Furthering its robust design and availability, the MD6540 conquers extreme environmental conditions with its ability to efficiently drill in temperatures ranging from +52° C (125° F) to -40° (C/F) and altitudes over 4572 m (15,000 ft). Coupled with innovative technology and low cost of ownership, the MD6540 is delivering value from start to finish. The MD6540 can accommodate two mast sizes: 16 m and 20 m.


Bit Load up to 54 000 kg (up to 119,050 lb) up to 54 000 kg (up to 119,050 lb) Less
Hole Diameter 229 – 381 mm (9.0 – 15 in) 229 – 381 mm (9.0 – 15 in) Less
Engine Series 2000 16V – 899 kW (1,205 hp) at 1,800 rpm Series 2000 16V – 899 kW (1,205 hp) at 1,800 rpm Less
Multi-Pass Hole Depth (16 m Mast) Up to 84.73 m (278 ft) Up to 84.73 m (278 ft) Less
Multi-Pass Hole Depth (20 m Mast) Up to 65.58 m (215 ft 2 in) Up to 65.58 m (215 ft 2 in) Less
Single-Pass Hole Depth (16 m Mast) Up to 16.15 m (53 ft) Up to 16.15 m (53 ft) Less
Single-Pass Hole Depth (20 m Mast) Up to 19.86 m (65 ft 2 in) Up to 19.86 m (65 ft 2 in) Less
Working Weight 288806.0 lb 131000.0 kg Less

Machine Service & Support

Caterpillar factory-trained service engineers are available throughout the world to provide our customers with the support necessary for meeting their production requirements.

Customized Training

Caterpillar provides customized on-site and/or classroom training for rotary drill operators and mine operation supervisors with the goal of developing internal training competency for the customer. The comprehensive training package is designed in module form to target key production issues specific to a given customer’s operation.


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A Commitment to the Mining Industry

As the demand for commodities grows, mining companies need a partner to support them in their efforts. Caterpillar is committed to being that partner.

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Mining Financial Services

Cat Financial is the single best resource for all your international mining finance needs, with capabilities to offer everything from leasing and general financing to project and structured financing.

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