Caterpillar has celebrated the production of its 40,000th large dozer, a 225,000lb (102,058kg) D11T model.
Caterpillar representatives joined employees of Teck Resources (a major Caterpillar customer) and Cat dealer Finning Canada to mark the occasion at an event in Illinois, United States, on October 25.
The dozer is destined for use at Teck’s Elk Valley metallurgical coal mining operation in British Columbia, Canada.
It will be utilised for several tasks including production dozing, dump support, mining shovel support and haul roads.
The D11T has an 850hp (634kW) Cat C32 engine and can shift up to 900 loose cubic metres of material per hour.
Caterpillar handed the keys to the landmark dozer to Teck director of supply management Louis DeLuca at the event
“This milestone is important, not just because of the sheer number of Cat machines sold, but also because it represents the many long-lasting and mutually beneficial business relationships established with customers like Teck,” Cat product manager for large dozers Greg Hepler said.
“We are honoured to celebrate this achievement with Teck, and we are grateful that their Elk Valley mines have counted on Caterpillar, Cat equipment and their dealer, Finning Canada, to help them reach their production goals since 1992.”
Allan Potzold, Finning Canada branch manager for the Elk Valley region, also stated, “We look forward to providing leading-edge service and innovative solutions to our customers to keep their equipment on-line and operating at peak performance and are honoured that the 40,000th dozer will be put to work here in the Elk Valley.”