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Komatsu’s GD955-7 grader lands in Australia

The Komatsu GD955-7 grader has made its Australian debut in Mackay and will be touring across the country

After being teased back in June, Komatsu has announced that its GD955-7 mining grader has now arrived Down Under –and may come to a site near you soon as it heads off on a roadshow around the country.

The GD955-7 grader has been built specifically for mining operations, with a big focus on productivity, thanks to its blade-up design that allows for more efficient ground penetration, Komatsu explains.

Komatsu national mining product manager Michael Hall says the high spec grader has been greatly anticipated by customers for some time.

“The GD955-7 is a ground-up designed mining grader,” Hall says.

“It has the highest blade downforce and engine power in its class – it’s a durable machine designed for high-power grading.”

In comparison to its previous model, the GD955-7 can grade a 33 per cent larger area per hour with a standard 5.5m blade, or an optional 6.1m blade width for more range.

“With large haul trucks on mining sites, graders need to be larger and more productive to support them,” Hall says.

“The GD955 is well matched to larger haul trucks anywhere from 90 to over 240 tonnes, making it a great addition to mining fleets.

“It is also 50 per cent heavier than the previous model, meaning it can easily grade hard-packed road surfaces and take on more demanding jobs.”

The GD955 comes standard with Komatsu’s 360° camera system – KomVision – which uses five cameras to provide a view around the vehicle that operators can view on the KomVision monitor, with an additional rear-view monitor for reversing and ripping operation.

“KomVision increases visibility for operators so they can get a full view of activity around the grader,” Hall says.

“The monitor informs them if another machine is approaching or in their line of movement, which is a great safety feature for busy mine sites.”

Several customers had the opportunity to visit Komatsu’s Ibaraki Plant in Japan earlier this year to see where the grader was manufactured and get a sneak peek before it landed in Australia.

“We had really good feedback from the customers who joined us, and plan to start delivering this new model to customers come December,” Hall says.

For more information on the GD955-7 grader, visit www.komatsu.com.au/equipment/motor-graders/318kw-(46-8t)/gd955-7 or contact your local Komatsu branch to find out about grader demonstration dates.

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