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Sandvik’s new Commando DC130Ri top hammer drill rig

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
July August 2016
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Sandvik Commando DC130Ri
Sandvik Construction's new Commando DC130Ri drill rig

Sandvik Construction’s new Commando DC130Ri – a rubber tired compact size top hammer drill rig - is the latest addition to the quarrying equipment manufacturing giant’s surface drilling product portfolio.

A modular design and practical components layout, coupled with a new efficient rock drill and a new intelligent control system with large on-board touch screen are said to be the core features of the DC130Ri. The fully remote-controlled, hydraulic and self-propelled compact size drilling unit, with 4-wheel carrier, is designed for drilling 22-45mm holes.

The new RD106 rock drill with a high 5.5kW output power, and the new intelligent drilling control system form the basis for Commando DC130Ri’s high penetration rates. Performance is further enhanced with the machine’s large drilling coverage area, and a new forward pointing feed that allows it to drill closer to structures than before. The machine also possesses the functionality to have roll-over for the feed, change drill steels on the rock drill, and to adjust the drill rig to challenging environmental conditions with additional appliances such as the fuel powered engine heater. All this ensures that the Commando DC130Ri is a truly versatile drill rig that is easily adaptable to changing job sites, and different drilling applications, including secondary breaking in quarries.

The new intelligent control system of the Commando DC130Ri provides modern machine control features that, says Sandvik Construction, had previously been found only on larger drill rigs. Intelligent engine control provides operating cost savings through lower fuel consumption by optimising the engine power based on actual requirements. The advanced drilling control guarantees smooth drilling, and is gentle to drill steels. High performance is further enhanced by being able to increase percussion pressure while drilling without sacrificing rock tool life.

The new Commando DC130Ri is equipped with four high-torque tramming motors and skid steering that makes the unit extremely mobile. The machine is well balanced, with an optimised centre of gravity that means it is able to reach steep slopes without problems. In case of higher inclinations, a hydraulic winch with automatic rope tension control is available as an option. For added drilling stability, the Commando DC130Ri comes with extendable front ground legs as standard.

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