Hyundai launches its largest-ever excavator

Hyundai has launched its largest-ever excavator at the Intermat show

Hyundai's top of the range 118 tonne R1200-9 excavator.
Hyundai's top of the range 118 tonne R1200-9 excavator.

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Hyundai Heavy Industries has launched its first 100 tonne-plus excavator at Intermat in Paris, France.

The all-new R1200-9 is a 118-tonne crawler excavator, developed specifically for the mining and quarrying industry.

The new model comes on the back of success by the Korean manufacturer in the 50-80 tonne excavator range, and Hyundai says the model endorses its commitment to large-scale investment in developing new products and new market opportunities.

The R1200-9 is powered by a high-performance 23 litre, six-cylinder Cummins QSK23-C, rated at 567kW.

The first version of the new machine is equipped with a heavy-duty 7.55m back-acter boom; 3.4m dipper-arm, and 6.7m³ bucket, a combination which gives a maximum digging depth of nearly 8m, an outreach of 13.76m, and a load-over height of 7.8m.

Maximum breakout force at the bucket is 64.9 tonnes, and with three selectable power modes (Power, Speed and Economy),

While the machine’s primary purpose is extra heavy-duty earth-moving, driver comfort also gets a shoe in.

The spacious cabin is fitted with several cabin guards and additional working lamps, while operators benefit from adjustability of the seat, console and armrests, and can select machine settings on a 7-inch color LCD screen.

Hyundai says the all-new 118 tonne R1200-9 has been conceived with an eye on the expanding worldwide mining and quarrying sector, “where the demand for efficient, large-scale mass excavation in minerals extraction and overburden removal has fuelled an increase in sales of large mining trucks and the equipment to load them”.

The company says its new flagship excavator is the sum of all its knowledge and innovations in the field of excavators, brought together in a machine that it says outclasses most models produced by competitors, both in size and performance.

Intermat, the three-yearly equipment and machinery expo last held in 2009, is a chance for manufacturers to show off new product, with 1352 exhibitors present at the Paris show.

A day of Intermat is dedicated to the Middle East.

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