Canadian Mining Journal


LOADER: Sandvik promises better narrow vein safety and productivity

The new Sandvik LH202 can reduce cost per tonne by up to 36%, says the manufacturer.

FINLAND – The new Sandvik LH202 loader is targeted for narrow vein mining applications with tunnel widths between 2.0 and 2.5 meters. It has been designed to help reduce dilution and improve flexibility and operator safety when working in close quarters.

The LH202 is full of features to help mines maximize tonnes and minimize extraction costs. It has been engineered to optimize machine width, length and turning radius. Sandvik LH202 can reduce cost per tonne by up to 36%, according to Sandvik, thanks to its reduced operating width and larger capacity compared to other loaders in the same size class.

The operator’s compartment is located in the rear frame of the LHD to improve safety and comfort. The operator is further away from potential falling rocks during loading. Improved visibility and powerful LED lights reduce collision risk. Daily maintenance is done from ground level to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.

With sustainable operation in mind, and to enable the use of Sandvik LH202 in markets with low engine emission requirements, the new loader will be available with either a standard Tier 2 engine or a lower emission Tier 4 engine in the future.

The new Sandvik LH202 completes a comprehensive offering of Sandvik loaders engineered for narrow vein operations. From Sandvik LH201, the company’s smallest loader with a payload of 1.0 tonne and capable of operating in tunnels as narrow as 1.5 meters, up to the Sandvik LH307, with a tramming capacity of 6.7 tonnes in tunnels that are greater than 3.0 meters wide, Sandvik offers a narrow vein loader with an optimized capacity and envelope for your unique operation.

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