NORWEGIAN plant maker Broyt is to replace its X-series of face shovels with a range of environmentally-friendly machines.
The first of the new models, the D1000 series, is powered by a Volvo environmentally-rated turbo-charged diesel rated at an optimum 266 kW. Cummins and Caterpillar engines are also available as an alternative power source.
Broyt UK managing director Roger Wyles said the new machine has about 25 per cent more power than its predecessor, the X-52.
The D1000 is equipped with a 5.3 cu m rock bucket and has a nominal production rate of 1,000 tonnes per hour. The X-52 has a 4.5 cu m bucket and a production rate of 750 tonne per hour.
The D1000 is available wheeled or tracked, diesel powered for quarry applications, or dual-electric for underground work.
Three further models in the new range will be produced during the course of the next 18 months. First will be the D400 (with 400 tonnes per hour productivity) next spring.
The other two models will be designated D600 and D800. The D1000 is not yet available in the UK but four models have been sold into a tunnelling project in France.
Broyts international market is first class, said Mr Wyles. But people are replacing face-shovels in the UK only as a matter of real necessity.