Babcock has introduced the new Volvo A60H articulated hauler to the Southern African market following its much-anticipated unveiling at the 2016 Bauma exhibition. This heavyweight 60-tonne articulated hauler is the largest machine ever to be built by Volvo and is the largest of its kind in the world. Babcock is the exclusive regional distributor for Volvo Construction Equipment in South Africa.
The newly launched Volvo A60H articulated hauler.
The A60H’s higher payload represents a 40 % increase on Volvo’s current A40 models, significantly lowering the cost-per-tonne ratio for hauler customers, while its stability, comfort and high hauling speeds are ensured by the matched drivetrain, automatic drive combinations, all-terrain bogie, hydro-mechanical steering and active suspension, further optimising production and minimising operational costs. An added advantage of the A60H is that it has many features that will be familiar to A40 operators, eliminating the need for any major operator training.
“It will be an easy transition for operators with only a short orientation course needed,” says David Vaughan, Sales Director – Equipment at Babcock. “Furthermore, technicians who regularly service other Volvo haulers will have knowledge of many of its elements such as a front grill that swings down, opening up a service platform with anti-slip steps, and an electric hood that opens to 90 deg, allowing full and safe access to the engine compartment.”
The A60H has been launched locally in conjunction with the new Volvo EC950E, a 90-tonne crawler excavator that combines power and stability to handle a higher capacity in the toughest applications. Vaughan says that this excavator is eminently suited to the Southern African market and fits right into Babcock’s product line, as well as complementing the A60H hauler.
“The A60H is ideal for hard rock mining, coal mining, general mining and big quarry applications, and the EC950E has been designed to load the massive A60H, so they work hand-in-hand,” explains Vaughan.
Bauma is the biggest construction machinery and mining industry trade fair in the world. This year Babcock attended the exhibition along with a number of its mining customers, including Burgh Plant Hire from South Africa, which has become the very first customer to place an order for not just one but three Volvo A60H articulated haulers, as well as one Volvo EC950E excavator.