HITACHI has announced the EX8000-6 backhoe excavator

April 14, 2014

The EX8000-6 for Stanwell represents an important step in the excavator’s evolution, as it is the world’s first Hitachi EX8000 with a backhoe configuration.

Hitachi’s flagship excavator EX8000 weighs in at more than 800 tonnes, with a 45 cubic metre bucket capacity capable of moving 75t of dirt per bucket load.

Twenty-eight semi-trailers transported parts from Brisbane to the Meandu mine, with three cranes assisting in the assembly operation.

“The excavator is now the largest in our fleet and we welcome it to the Stanwell family,” Stanwell CEO Richard Van Breda said.
Meandu mining operations manager Andrew Walker agreed with Van Breda, explaining the addition was vital to continued production onsite.

“The excavator will support the Tarong power stations in becoming more competitive in the National Electricity Market by reducing the cost of coal from Meandu mine,” he said.
HCMA managing director David Harvey said the EX8000-6 further cemented the company’s reputation for innovation, technology and safety.

“The EX8000 was assembled in record time and, more importantly, put together safely without incident by Stanwell, Downer EDI and our employees,” he said.

As part of a competition held by Stanwell, the delivery ceremony also marked the unveiling of the excavator’s name, Atlas – after the mythological Greek Titan who carried the world on his shoulders.