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Mine Machinery: Caterpillar 994K

In this Mine Machinery series, we are taking a closer look at pieces of equipment that keep the buckets full, trucks loaded and nearby power stations firing at our Callide Mine. Here we take a closer look at our ‘money maker’ the Caterpillar 994K. 

We purchased the 994K in 2022 after retiring an older model of the same machine, which had notched up an incredible 100,000 hours of trouble-free work at Callide Mine since being introduced in 1993. 

The 994K is a serious wheel loader, with 1739hp – 500 more than the model we replaced – and an operating weight of 240t. 

We even specified ours with a massive 40 cubic metre bucket, which allows us to move 150% more material without increasing carbon emissions, compared with the unit it replaced. 

“There’s a huge difference in payload. It used to take us 10 buckets to load a Cat 789 truck on the ROM. The new 994K, we can do that in four,” said Batchfire Resources Superintendent Mobile – Engineering and Maintenance Daniel Boal. 

The new 994K also takes safety to another level at Callide Mine, offering improved access, visibility, and reducing tailpipe emissions – improving air quality and keeping our mine site safe.  

You have to see the 994K working to appreciate how epic it is – so check out the video of it operating at Callide Mine below! 

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