National Group increases fleet of safety-advanced Cat dozers

National Group will deliver a second Cat D11 dozer to BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA)’s Blackwater coal operations in Queensland.

The D11 dozer lends operators greater safety, comfort and control, with strategically located mirrors and available rearview cameras, including 360 vision system.

It also features improved access ladder with engine-off raise and lower capability.

National Group expects the machines to arrive in the coming months, adding to the Cat D11 dozer which is already working at the Blackwater mine.

According to National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd, the D11 is the industry’s best large dozer so it was a logical choice for the company to bring in six new dozers to add to its expansive fleet.

The D11 will extend out component life from fuel burn to overhaul, along with load sensing hydraulics reducing fuel burn.

Ackroyd said that the contribution the dozers would add to production and efficiency would boost overall performance on site.

“We expect to lower maintenance and repair costs by up to 5 per cent thanks to a new case and frame design, improved bearings, redesigned pin joints, and a 30 per cent larger oil pan,” he added.

The D11 also features engineered and tested fire-suppression system and engine overspeed protection.