Boart Longyear shows off StopeMaster drill at MINExpo 2016
Mining equipment firm Boart Longyear have launched the StopeMaster drill at MINExpo International 2016 in Las Vegas.
The StopeMaster drill is capable of drilling holes ranging from 64mm to 106mm in diameter and can accommodate drilling depths of up to 35 metres.
Boart Longyear says the StopeMaster has been designed to meet the unique challenges faced in narrow vein and underground mining.
"Mobility and flexibility are two of the biggest challenges in narrow vein mining," Boart Longyear global product manager Carlos Bravo says.
"Due to the tight constraints and narrow passageways, miners need safe, portable and compact equipment. The StopeMaster is ideal for the tight and narrow spaces typically seen in underground mining operations."
"Designed for bulk mining applications, it is compact, mobile, versatile and durable, with a proven track record of high productivity and long service life," Bravo says.
The drill is powered by a 56kW electric motor and features a modular design for ease of transport and flexibility. The StopeMaster can also rotate 360 degrees for greater access. The drill sits on a four-wheel skid steer setup with solid rubber tyres on steel rims, driven by four wheel drive.
Safety features on the StopeMaster include heavy-duty hoses to protect the operator from hose rupture and a remote control system that allows the drill to be operated from up to 25 metres away. The drill also has an emergency stop that cuts power to the drill immediately in the event of an accident.
"When developing new technologies, equipment and consumables, Boart Longyear continues to focus on making the driller safer and more productive," Bravo says.
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