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BTI adds to Mine Runner utility vehicle capabilities

Breaker Technology (BTI) recently released its Extended Wheel Base (EWB) Mine Runner, a mine utility vehicle that, it says, is purpose-built for the rugged underground environment.

Offering an extended chassis and improved payloads (from 4,000-6,000 Ib (1,814-2,722 kg)), the Mine Runner is also able to keep the total cost of ownership lower than other brands, BTI said.

John Wittenberg, Product Manager at Breaker Technology, said: “High uptime and low maintenance costs are given with the hydraulic all-wheel drive. Active braking from the hydraulic circuit eliminates conventional brake and axle wear significantly, reducing the cost of ownership.”

The Mine Runner utility vehicle is powered by BTI’s Hydraulic Wheel Drive (HWD), a fluid-controlled power train, resulting in 40% more efficiency than other vehicles with a conventional power train, it says. BTI explained: “This means there are fewer parts to maintain or replace, offering a lower total cost of ownership, and contributes to the longevity of the equipment. The HWD system offers lower emissions, which also saves on ventilation and energy costs for the mine.”

The vehicle can be customised for operational demands; whether it’s a personnel carrier, utility truck or simple flat deck, an increased payload and extended chassis allow mines to move more people and supplies through the tunnel safely, BTI said.

Wittenberg added: “The higher 6,000-Ib payload and extended wheelbase maximises the usefulness of the machine by providing a multi-person, multipurpose platform for crew and gear with an unsurpassed payload and speed in a compact package.”

The Mine Runner is easy to drive with its patented Advanced Braking and Tramming technology, giving the driver traction control with an automotive-style accelerator and service brake pedal, according to BTI.

Both the primary braking (service brakes) and the secondary braking (emergency brakes) are designed and tested to meet and exceed the regional braking standard and performance for underground mining machines. The tested and independently certified ROPS/FOPS operator and personnel cabins are standard with ergonomic seating and HVAC, the company said.

BTI initially released its standard Mine Runner All Purpose Vehicle in 2014. The standard Mine Runner’s personnel carrier is designed to transport up to eight passengers but can also be configured for other operational needs. It still offers a low total cost of ownership, providing mines with a safe and budget-conscious vehicle while keeping people and supplies safe when traveling through the underground mining environment, according to BTI.

BTI expands western US mining reach with Arnold Machinery agreement

Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) says it has selected Arnold Machinery Co to distribute rockbreaker systems, mining mobile equipment and breaker attachments to the western US mining market.

Serving the US mining industry for 90 years, Arnold Machinery is well-versed in mining methods and equipment and is positioned to provide top-notch sales, service, and parts from their facilities throughout the Western US, BTI said. The move will improve Breaker Technology’s position in the US mining industry, according to the company.

Terry McKague, BTI’s Director of Sales, said the company knows Arnold Machinery well having worked together in the construction industry for some time.

“We have always been impressed with their commitment to serve the customer, it is in their culture. Providing quality equipment with a long-term view fits well with BTI’s strategy,” he said.

BTI has over 60 years of experience in providing rockbreaking technology and offers an extensive line of rockbreaker systems, scalers, and attachments that power productivity and get mining companies ahead of the grade, the company said. “Additionally, Breaker Technology’s Mine Runner offers a 6,000 lb (2.7 t) payload and is available in various configurations including a personnel carrier, mechanic’s truck, utility pick-up or a simple flat deck.”

Tom O’Bryne, Arnold Machinery’s COO and Mining Equipment President, said: “Arnold Machinery Co’s Silver Service® is the engine of our growth and customer satisfaction is our focus. BTI and Arnold Machinery Company’s cultures align for one common purpose, customer satisfaction is our only policy.’”

Arnold Machinery has been in business since 1929. It is a full service distributor of construction, material handling, and mining equipment, and a wholesale distributor of farm implements in the western US.

Back in August, BTI signed a deal with Creighton Rock Drill (CRD) to distribute and service its underground mining vehicles, rockbreaker systems and hydraulic breaker attachments in the key Sudbury market.