Caterpillar upgrades underground loader


Caterpillar has updated its underground loader with enhanced emission controls, cooling and ease of service updates.

Designed to meet diesel engine regulations in both Europe and USA, the Cat R2900 has a 17.2 metric tonne payload.

Powered by the durable inhouse-built C15, the turbo-charged 6-cylinder engine is available in a number of emission configurations and air-to-air aftercooled, produces 305kW (409hp) in standard configuration and 293kW (393hp) in EU Stage V-compliant mode.

Using a Cat Clean Emissions module to limit both particulate matter and NOx, the underground loader is certified to meet Canada’s CANMET standards, EU Stage IIIA equivalent/U.S. EPA Tier 3 equivalent.

The R2900 is available with high ambient cooling capability. The key component of the package is a high efficiency radiator, which features a modular design with individual tubes that can be serviced independently to reduce maintenance time. The radiator also is resistant to clogging and allows faster cleaning and longer service intervals.

The engine end frame design features new, simple structures that extend durability and accommodate modular components, which facilitate maintenance and repair. Remote axle and transmission coolers and filters enable easy access, and a single fuel tank replaces the dual tanks on the previous model. The new tank provides ground level access for refuelling. The available brake release and tow hook allows disengaging the parking brake and hooking to the machine from the rear in the event the machine must be towed.

The in-cab display enables machine health monitoring through Cat Product Link Elite that makes it easier to share data across multiple destinations.

A range of bucket sizes and configurations are available for the R2900 to match material characteristics and optimize productivity.


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