Atlas Copco says its new Minetruck MT42 represents the next generation of underground trucks. The MT42, powered by a 520-hp, EPA Tier 3/Stage IIIA-compliant Cummins QSX15 diesel coupled with proven drivetrain components, is capable of delivering reliable performance and high speed on ramps, according to the company. The transmission has eight forward and two reverse gears and features a self-diagnostic system for rapid troubleshooting. Operator comforts in the standard ISO ROPS/FOPS certified cabin include an air-suspension, forward-facing seat; a clear, multifunction display monitor; air conditioning and a trainer’s seat. The operator’s sound exposure is below 80 dB (A) in the cabin. Rear-facing cameras—a backup camera and one observing the box—complement the operator’s view from the cabin. Articulated steering allows agile cornering, and brakes are spring applied, hydraulic released (SAHR) which eliminates the need for a separate parking brake. A service bay on the side of the truck allows easy access to filters, valve blocks and service points for daily maintenance and the cabin can be hydraulically tilted to expose the engine bay.

The Minetruck MT42 is now available in Scandinavia and Canada and will be launched globally in 2011.