Komatsu introduces new WX03 LHD for narrow vein mining

LHDs are a mainstay of any underground hard rock operation. Engineered for the most demanding mining environments, Komatsu says its new WX03 LHD is a 3 t diesel-powered heavy-duty machine designed for especially small, narrow vein applications with limited manoeuvring space.

”This solid LHD features simple operation controls and a rugged long-life structure specifically designed for ease of use and ease of maintenance with an onboard self-diagnostic user interface. With an efficient powertrain and hydraulic system designedfor improved performance, as well as a modern operator compartment with easy-to-use controls, this small-class LHD can offer big performance.”

Cited benefits of the Komatsu WX03 LHD:

74 kW (99 HP) water-cooled engine for low environmental heat
Outstanding breakout power for fast bucket filling
Pre-engineered options to suit most applications and requirements

Komatsu adds: “Engineered for reliability, the
WX03 is built with a high-strength steel frame design​ and a heavy-duty, all-mechanical powertrain, to help hit production targets while controlling costs. It is designed for long component life with mining grade components, a proven powertrain, severe-duty electrical system and collet-style pins.”

The WX03 offers multiple features including a ROPS/FOPS-certified enclosure, a spring-applied braking system, operation interlocks, three-point mounting, anti-slip steps and hot component isolation. “With its intuitive controls and ergonomics, this LHD is built for operator comfort and visibility. Easy-to-use two-handed controls simplify training and operation, and the unique bucket geometry is designed to optimise efficient filling with less spillage.”

On maintenance Komatsu says it offers exceptional serviceability, “the WX03 has vital maintenance components conveniently accessible from the ground level that are designed to help your service crew make fast, efficient repairs.”

Customisable to meet operational needs, some of the available options on the WX03 include an automatic lubrication system, ejector bucket, fire suppression system, quick-attach coupling system, radio remote control, and recovery hook.