The 100th drill rig was purchased by Macmahon Holdings Ltd and will be used for a gold mining project.
?The purchase of the Sandvik Mining DR500 series drill represents a change in procurement strategy for small track drills within Macmahon,?said Peter Truscott, the plant general manager for Macmahon.
?The selection was completed after extensive technical and peer review, with the rig satisfying the demands for pre-split drilling and back-up to the larger rotary drills.
?Macmahon looks forward to a continued strong working relationship with Sandvik to ensure the drills perform to optimal levels in terms of life cycle costs, durability and operational performance.?
Sandvik is a leading global supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining industry. The DR500 series includes the DR540, DR560 and DR580 drill rigs and offers surface mining customers a boom-mounted, high pressure down the hole (HP DTH) drill. Its design makes the DR500 series stable, durable and highly productive.
Sandvik Mining purchased the rights to the DR500 series of surface drills from Cubex Ltd in 2010, closing a gap in the Sandvik product offering by providing the first drill in the HP DTH product family.
Since the company began manufacturing this series, it has produced them at a rate of about one machine per week.
?Adding the DR500 series to our offering was key to meeting our customers? needs,? said Ken Stapylton, vice president of rotary and DTH drilling, Sandvik Mining.
?Having a drill designed specifically for these tough mining environments means we can provide the level of safety, durability and productivity that surface mining customers need. And at the end of the day that means better peace of mind.?
The milestone was celebrated at Sandvik?s Canning Vale facility where the company took the opportunity to provide information sessions on two new products ? the RH460 DTH hammer and the Vibrocone crusher/grinder.