Bucyrus International says its new FBL- 55(H) diesel-powered shield hauler offers the highest lift capacity in its class, able to lift and carry longwall shields and equipment weighing up to 60 mt (66.2 tons). A six-cylinder diesel engine and a wet-exhaust system package reduce operating costs and increase equipment availability.

The exhaust system package includes particulate filtration, inline purification and a catalytic converter, controlled by the Bucyrus Diesel Control System (DCS). A removable cookie plate and fixed forks enable the hauler to be used in underground roof support installation as well as for transportation of heavy equipment. The unit, according to Bucyrus, is designed for maximum safety, with features including falling object protection (FOPS) and maximized visibility. A unique Bucyrus design incorporating horizontally mounted radiators and fans allows clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine, eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility, as the direction of mine ventilation has no adverse effect on performance. This design also provides excellent operator visibility, according to the company.