|P&H L-2350 Wheel Loader Bucket|
I had a great time looking at all the big equipment at MINExpo 2012. Trucks are impressive, shovels are truly intimidating and I really love tires that are taller than I am. Everything at the show was exciting but the most impressive thing that I saw has to be the P&H L-2350 Wheel Loader.
In the grand scale of mining equipment I usually think of wheel loaders as kind of small equipment. We use them to load freeway vehicles (belly dump semi trailers, highway legal dump trucks, etc...). Some of the really big ones are comparable to hydraulic shovels but they can't load quite as high. Wheel loaders don't even enter into the conversation with wire rope shovels, they're just not big enough.
Enter the P&H L-2350 Wheel Loader. This loader has a 70 cubic yard bucket. That puts it in the same class as the large wire rope shovels and the body on this behemoth is truly massive. The scale is still the same, it looks just like the small loaders on site and the toys you get your kids for Christmas. It's just several orders of magnitude too big.
Wheel loaders don't load the same way hydraulic or wire rope shovels do. They don't just swing over the truck and dump their load. Wheel loaders have to shuttle back and forth to go from digging to loading each pass. Because of its size it's hard to imagine something as big as the L-2350 Wheel Loader going back and forth to load a bucket every thirty seconds.
Congratulations to P&H on pushing the boundaries of mining equipment. I am truly impressed.
|P&H L-2350 Wheel Loader|