Mining to the Xtreme

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An open-pit copper mine located in Santa Rita, N.M., recently took delivery of one of the largest telescopic handlers available in North America. In mid-January, El Chino Mine, currently owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, received the Xtreme XR4030 telehandler from Allied Crane & Machinery, Mesa, Ariz. The unit is the first XR4030 produced by Xtreme Manufacturing of Las Vegas, Nev.

 

About 20 employees took part in the machine walk-around. Xtreme personnel pointed out safety and service features, as well as familiarized employees with the 40,000-lb. capacity XR4030. Key specs include a 173-hp Perkins Tier 4i twin turbo engine, a six-speed Dana 32,000 Series transmission, Kessler L91 axles that has outboard wet brakes with cooling, 23.5x25R foam-filled tires, a 96-inch fork-positioning  carriage, and two-section 30-ft. boom.

 

“There was a lot of excitement on the part of the mine employees, thinking of the many different ways the unit can be used,” said Lee Kramer, president of Xtreme Manufacturing. One application in particular was using the production machine through the mine’s utility and maintenance process, lifting screens, motors, and pumps.

 

“They are anticipating the machine will eliminate some crane requirements and the number of times they will have to handle something,” Kramer said. “Less time they have to handle something will decrease the odds of an injury and be more productive.” Following the delivery, Kramer said he came away excited about the machine and how it will be beneficial to the end user. Plans call for the XR4030 to become a part of Xtreme growing line up of high-capacity telehandlers.