The Cat C15 engine provides unequalled lugging force while digging, tramming and traversing steep grades. Torque rise effectively matches transmission shift points for maximum efficiency and fast cycle times. Mechanically Actuated, Electronic Unit Injection (MEUI™) high-pressure, direct injection fuel system electronically monitors operator demands and sensor inputs to optimize engine performance. Air-to-air aftercooling provides improved fuel economy by packing cooler, denser air into cylinders for more complete combustion of fuel and lower emissions. Oil coiled pistons increase heat dissipation and promote longer piston life. The crankshaft is forged and induction hardened for long-term durability.
The Cat C15 engine features the optional Ventilation Reduction (VR) Package. The VR Package incorporates selective engine hardware and software to reduce diesel particulate matter in the engine exhaust. Engines equipped with the VR Package feature a significant ventilation rate reduction, a decrease in fuel consumption, and maintained or improved product performance. VR Package availability is subject to regional regulatory compliance. Optional engine with emissions equivalent to U.S. EPA Tier 3 and EU Stage IIIA is also available.
A Cat Diesel Particulate Filter can be used with the VR engine package. The filter compliments the VR engine by further reductions in particulate matter. Requires the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel (15 ppm) and CJ-4 low ash engine oil.
Power Shift Transmission
The Cat four-speed planetary power shift transmission is matched with the Cat C15 diesel engine to deliver constant power over a wide range of operating speeds and grades.
Designed for rugged underground mining conditions, the proven planetary power shift transmission is built for long life between overhauls.
Torque Converter Lockup Clutch
Combines maximum rimpull while in torque converter drive with the efficiency and performance of direct drive when the lockup clutch is engaged. The lockup clutch delivers more power to the wheels for superior power train efficiency.
Electronic Auto Shift Transmission
The electronic auto shift transmission increases operator efficiencies and optimizes machine performance. The operator can choose between manual or auto shift modes.
The operator can engage the service brakes and neutralize the transmission, maintaining high engine rpm for full hydraulic flow, enhancing digging and loading functions.
Cat final drives work as a system with the planetary power shift transmission to deliver maximum power to the ground. Built to withstand the forces of high torque and impact loads, double reduction final drives provide high torque multiplication to further reduce drive train stress.
Powerful Cat hydraulics deliver exceptional digging and lifting forces for fast cycle times. High hydraulic flow rates provide fast hydraulic cylinder response and powerful lift forces. Large-bore lift and tilt cylinder delivers exceptional strength, performance and durability.
Low effort, pilot operated joystick implement control with simultaneous lift and tilt functions optimizes operating efficiency.
Cat Hydraulic Hose
Field proven Cat high pressure XT™ hydraulic hoses are exceptionally strong and flexible for maximum system reliability and long life in the most demanding conditions. Reusable couplings with O-ring face seals provide superior, leak free performance.
Optional Ride Control
The optional ride control system uses a nitrogen filled oil accumulator in the hydraulic lift circuit to act as a shock absorber for the bucket and lift arms. The lift arm and bucket response to movement is dampened over rough ground, reducing fore and aft pitch, improving cycle times and load retention. A smoother, more comfortable ride gives operators the confidence to travel at speeds above 5 km/h (3 mph) during load and carry operations.
The frame is engineered to withstand extreme forces generated during loading and tramming cycles. Precision manufacturing process ensures all structures are consistently built to high quality. Deep penetration and consistent welds throughout the frame ensures structures are solidly fused to provide sturdy platform for the linkage and the axles. The design and manufacturing quality of Cat LHD frames have been proven by our customers, many of whom reuse frames during machine rebuilds to get 2nd and 3rd lives out of their LHD’s.
Spread hitch design widens the distance between upper and lower hitch plates to distribute forces and increase bearing life. Thicker hitch plates reduce deflection. The wide opening provides easy service access. Upper and lower hitch pins pivot on roller bearings to distribute horizontal and vertical loads over a greater surface area. Shim adjusted preload reduces maintenance time. An on-board steering frame lock pin is fitted to prevent articulation during maintenance and service.
Sealed colleted pins are fitted to all major bucket and lift arm hinge points for longer pin and bushing life. This reduces maintenance costs and extends service intervals. The sealed joints retain lubrication and prevent contaminant entry.
Z-bar Loader Linkage
Proven Z-bar loader linkage geometry generates powerful breakout force and an increased rack back angle for better bucket loading and material retention. Heavy duty steel lift arms with cast steel cross tube ensures extreme loads encountered during loading and tramming are efficiently dissipated for long service life.
The operator station is ergonomically designed for total machine control in a comfortable, productive and safe environment. All controls, levers, switches and gauges are positioned to maximize productivity and minimize operator fatigue.
Integral to the cab and frame, the resiliently mounted Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) and the Falling Objects Protective Structure (FOPS), isolates the operator from vibration for a more comfortable ride.
Optional Enclosed Cab
Optional sound-suppressed ROPS cab provides a quiet, secure working environment. Large window openings offer excellent visibility in all directions. Air conditioning provides filtered, pressurized, temperature-controlled air for a more comfortable working environment.
STIC™ Steering and Transmission Integrated Control
STIC provides effortless control of the machine by a single controller. Simple side-to-side motion articulates the machine. Directional shifting (forward/neutral/reverse) is controlled using a three position rocker switch. The thumb operated buttons control gear selection.
Cat Electronic Monitoring System (Cat EMS) continuously provides critical machine data to keep the machine performing at top production levels.
Cat LHD buckets deliver unmatched productivity and structural reliability to help lower your cost-per-ton. Buckets are available in a range of sizes to suit most material types and densities.
Optional Wear Packages
Weld-on wear plates in high wear areas are standard. Additional wear packages, including sacrificial wear strips and Cat heel shrouds protect the edges from damage and reduce the need for costly bucket rebuilds.
Optional Cutting Edges
Cat half arrow and cast half arrow cutting edges extend bucket life in high wear applications.
An additional weld on GET option is the Cat weld-on GET. Available weld-on GET offers more wear material to maximize system wear life and bucket protection. Downtime is also reduced by an even wear rate between corners and edge segments, allowing both to be replaced at the same time.
The Cat Bolt-on Half Arrow (BOHA) GET System is another available GET option, designed for extreme conditions in abrasive environments. This system provides a longer component life and a highly reduced replacement time compared to Weld-on systems, allowing the machine to go back in production quicker.
Cat Mechanically Attached Shrouds (MAS) are also available on the R3000H buckets to provide a non weld on option for hardware selection to better suit your application.
The MAS can be further protected with the installation of the Cat Mechanically Attached Wear Plates System (MAWPS) to protect the bucket base and cutting edge.
Easy access to daily service points simplifies servicing and reduces time spent on regular maintenance procedures.
Allows convenient servicing to all tanks, power train filters, lubrication points and compartment drains.
Radial seal air filters are easy to change, reducing time required for air filter maintenance.
Fluid level checks are made easier with sight gauges.
Caterpillar Electronic Technician (Cat ET) service tool enables quick electronic diagnosis of machine performance and key diagnostic data for effective maintenance and repairs.
Sealed Electrical Connectors
Electrical connectors are sealed to lock out dust and moisture. Harnesses are covered for protection. Wires are color and number coded for easy diagnosis and repair.
Scheduled Oil Sampling
S·O·SSM helps avoid minor repairs becoming major ones.
Cat dealers will provide the level of support you need, on a global scale. Dealer expert technicians have the knowledge, experience, training and tooling to handle your repair and maintenance needs, when and where you need them.
When Cat products reach the field, they are supported 24/7 by a worldwide network of reliable and prompt parts distribution facilities, dealer service centers, and technical training facilities to keep your equipment up and running.
Cat equipment is designed and built to provide maximum productivity and operating economy throughout its working life. Cat dealers will be with you every step of the way with its unsurpassed worldwide parts support, trained technicians and customer support agreements.
Cat dealers offer a range of advanced technology products designed to improve efficiency, productivity and lower costs. VIMS™ Gen 3 and Command for Underground options available from factory.
Repair or rebuild? Your Cat dealer can help you evaluate the costs so you can make the right choice.
Caterpillar has been and continues to be proactive in developing mining machines that meet or exceed safety standards. Safety is an integral part of all machine and systems designs.
Engine Shut Off Switch
A secondary engine shutoff switch is located at ground level.
Integral ROPS Cab
Integral to the cab and frame, the ROPS is resiliently mounted to the frame to isolate the operator from vibration for a more comfortable ride.
Four corner oil-cooled braking system provides excellent control. The service brake system is actuated by modulated hydraulic pressure, while the parking break function is spring applied and hydraulic released. This system assures braking in the event of loss of hydraulic failure.
Standard Safety Features
Anti-skid upper deck surfaces, lower cab light, ground level compartment sight glasses, increased visibility, 3-point access to cab and machine, push out safety glass, suspension seat, inertia reel retractable seat belt, bucket control group safety pins, hot and cold side of engine, articulation lock, hinged belly guards.
For more complete information on safety, please visit www.cat.com/safety.