Normet announced the launch of the Scamec LC Thor, marking what it said is a new era for underground scaling operations. The unit replaces the company’s Scamec 2000. The completely new Scamec LC Thor was designed in close collaboration with miners, combining Normet’s decades-long experience in developing cutting-edge underground equipment with miners’ invaluable experience in everyday scaling work.

The Scamec LC Thor has an extremely safe FOPS/ROPS-approved cabin with excellent visibility due to the carefully designed structures, a useful reversing camera system and heated wide-angle mirrors. The windscreen is fitted with a protective grill to safeguard the operator from rockfall hazards and, furthermore, the new boom of the Scamec LC Thor is designed to project falling debris away. The machine can also be equipped with an emergency escape function, activating an emergency sequence for lifting the stabilizers and the dozer blade while engaging reverse gear and preparing the machine for reversing. The operator can then concentrate on steering the machine to safety after releasing the parking brake.

The comfortable, sealed cabin has low noise levels with replaceable dust filters. It is equipped with air conditioning and cabin heating and comes with three-point contact rails and non-slippery steps, ensuring safe ingress and egress. The operator’s seat with ergonomic armrests is comfortably cushioned and fully adjustable to the operator’s weight and size. The hammer stroke is controlled with a foot pedal, allowing the operator to focus on maneuvering the boom. All frequently needed operating controls are located ergonomically on the seat switch panels.

The completely new, agile boom has an effective vertical reach of up to 9.5 m and fits tunnels measuring 4-m wide and 2.4-m high. It is available with the latest Volvo Penta’s Stage V or Stage IIIA technology, both allowing for excellent performance in incline driving and improved retardation features with an automatic engine brake function. The automatic gear shifting of the lock-up transmission enhances driving safety, allowing the operator to concentrate on steering the machine in underground tunnels.