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Cat AD63 makes Australian debut

New Cat mining truck offers design and performance upgrades in Australian debut

The AD63 was first announced in 2020 but made its Australian debut at Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum

The Cat AD63 underground mining truck made its Australian debut at the Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum in Kalgoorlie this month.

The new model was first announced in April 2020 for its anticipated worldwide release later that same year, but it hasn’t been until now that the machine has reached Australian shores.

WA Cat dealer WesTrac unveiled the new truck, which features upgrades to the design and performance of its predecessor, the Cat AD60.

The AD63 features five optional dump body sizes, including a new lightweight option, 63-tonne payload, a tilt cab to make servicing the machine easier, and eHVAC ducted air-conditioning inside the cab.

It is powered by a Cat C27 engine and features an emissions control system which uses diesel particulate filters to further reduce particulate emissions.

The AD63 has an altitude capacity from -3048 metres to 1524 metres and can directly connect to Cat and Cat dealerships for remote support and services through Product Link Elite.

With a payload of 63-tonnes, the AD63 is the largest underground truck in the Cat product line-up.

Other improvements, including to powertrain performance and serviceability, have also been made to ensure the machine can thrive in the most rugged mining applications while delivering quality performance.

WesTrac added that the AD63 matched a variety of loaders, pairing well with its new Cat R2900 XE underground loader which it says can fill the AD63 in three to four passes with an improvement of up to 30 per cent in fuel efficiency.

WesTrac chief executive Jarvas Croome said he was proud to be showing the units off for the first time at the Diggers & Dealers event.

“It’s also the perfect forum at which to discuss recent advances in sustainability performance for the mining industry, which was the topic of our most recent whitepaper that’s available through the WesTrac website,” Croome says.

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