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First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe
2010 May June
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The new DI550 rig offers improved productivity and comfort
The new DI550 rig offers improved productivity and comfort
Sandvik has unveiled the first of its new generation of down the hole (DTH) drill rig and it is said to offer improved productivity and user comfort in 5" hammer drilling. The new DI550 is also the first rig from the company to have been fully developed in Finland using the company's combined knowledge base.

The rig features a 324kW diesel engine and a 24.4m3 compressor air flow at 24 bar pressure, which Sandvik has said makes the machine a perfect match for the 5" DTH hammer. This careful balance of power and hammer size results in a productive rig that keeps fuel consumption and operating costs to a minimum. Cost-effective machine performance is further enhanced by other advanced features, such as active diesel RPM control, optimized diesel RPM level during drilling and active control of compressor running temperature.

Sandvik has said that along with good performance, simple and comfortable machine operation was a strong focus of the development. The rig has a control system with simple icon displays and comprehensive service information, the new DI550 enables seamless cooperation of man and machine.



DI550 drill rig

24.4m3 at 24 bar

Special features:
ROPS and FOPS-certified cab; For use with RH550 hammers; Dust collection system
Operator comfort is further enhanced by the rig's over-pressurized and ROPS and FOPS-certified cab with advanced ergonomics, efficient air conditioning and excellent visibility. The large windshield comes with a strong safety bar that is easy to open for cleaning.

Environmental performance has also been improved with a new dust collector with non-stop cleaning which restricts the amount of dust emissions into the environment.

The DI550 is designed to work at maximum performance when fitted with Sandvik's RH550 hammers in sizes from 3" to 5".

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