5 New-Gen Komatsu 830E-5 dump trucks an “obvious decision” says Downer

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Five Komatsu new generation 830E-5 dump trucks are now the prized property of the Downer Group, making it the first fleet to be sold in Australia

Glen Swift, Komatsu's General Manager, Western Region (right) hands over the keys of one of the first five Komatsu 830E-5 sold in Australia to Downer Group's Andrew Haslam, General Manager - Open Cut West, Mining, with a COVID-safe elbow tap.
Glen Swift, Komatsu's General Manager, Western Region (right) hands over the keys of one of the first five Komatsu 830E-5 sold in Australia to Downer Group's Andrew Haslam, General Manager - Open Cut West, Mining, with a COVID-safe elbow tap.

Incorporating a new engine and drive system features to deliver improved performance, intelligent parasitic load control on the engine, up to 80 per cent lower particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions and provide better fuel efficiency, Komatsu says this the 230 metric tonne capacity 830E-5 dump truck is the most technologically advanced 240-US ton class truck Komatsu has produced.

Downer general manager - plant Ryan Kirkwood says the long-standing relationship between Downer and Komatsu played a big part in the purchase of these new 830E-5 trucks.

 "For a number of years, we have successfully operated large fleets of Komatsu 830Es and 930Es - both internally and for clients," he says. "It was an obvious decision to transition to the new 830E-5 for a key project in Western Australia.

"We are moving towards an optimised excavator-to-truck match capacity, which offers significantly more benefits, beyond just efficient operational productivity," Kirkwood adds.

 "Considering our long-standing relationship with Komatsu and the trucks we already have in operation, the new 830E-5s provide synergies in operator training, as well as the ergonomic benefits that come with a new design."

Improved reliability, low maintenance intensity – including extended service consumable hours – long-term mechanical availability and proven extended frame lives beyond 80,000 hours were driving factors in Downer’s decision to purchase Australia’s first fleet of 830E-5s.

The brand new Komatsu 830E-5 in all its glory.
The brand new Komatsu 830E-5 in all its glory

 According to Komatsu’s national product manager – mining Jason Arthur, improvements over Komatsu’s proven 830E-1AC include improved levels of operator safety and comfort, increased speed on gradient through horsepower variations, and higher payload capacity.

 "The 830E-5 model also has significantly increased parts commonality with our larger 930E-5 model, allowing for reduced stocking levels on sites running both models," he says.

 "Incorporating the latest technology engine and drive system technology, the 830E-5 provides significantly lower noise levels, an 80 per cent reduction in particulate matter emissions, and reduced fuel consumption as part of our drive to achieve lower-energy mining operations.

 "It's also a highly flexible platform, offering future technology expansion capabilities including machine autonomy and trolley-assist options that provide alternatives to diesel fuel and reduce Scope 1 emissions," Arthur adds.

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