Mining contractor Barhaul has purchased a new 28-tonne capacity TA300 articulated dump truck, for use in a barite mine near Aberfeldy in Perthshire, Scotland.
Supplied by Terex Trucks’ UK distributor, TDL Equipment, the TA300 has consistently impressed Barhaul with its ability to power through the harshest environments. “Over the years, Barhaul has regularly purchased Terex Trucks’ TA300 articulated haulers, as the company has a very good history with both the product and TDL in terms of our ability to support the product when required,” says John Black, sales director at TDL Equipment.
Fitted with a tailgate and reverse colour camera, the versatile machine is currently carrying out a number of jobs for Barhaul, one of which involves handling material removed from a barite mine that is owned by the world’s largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger.
“Barite is an extremely dense material so it requires a robust and reliable vehicle to do the work of moving it around in the mine – it’s not an easy life for any truck,” says Black.
Set to make for the perfect collaboration between machine and mineral, the TA300 is a proven design and has the capability to overcome the most demanding conditions and move material as quickly as possible due to its excellent traction and effective power-to-weight ratios.
The machine offers minimum cost of operation and maximum productivity. With fully independent front suspension as standard, tyre/ground contact is maintained on tough terrain, increasing tractive effort and reducing cycle times, while also providing operators with a comfortable haul.
Built in Motherwell, Scotland, the TA300 is mastered by a fuel-efficient five cylinder Scania DC9 engine, which develops gross power of 276 kW and maximum torque of 1,880 Nm. In addition, the transmission retardation system in combination with engine exhaust brake support the fully-enclosed oil-cooled multidisc brakes for enhanced protection of the brakes, resulting in less maintenance and a longer life span for the brakes.
“The Barhaul order for the TA300, which was to replace an existing unit, was delivered straight to the site and is carrying out the work it was purchased for,” says Black.
“As is normal business practice, Barhaul was looking at competitor brands but one of the key elements of retaining its business with Terex Trucks and TDL is the excellent working relationship that has been established over the years.”
“We have purchased Terex Trucks’ articulated dump trucks for a number of years and have been very pleased with their performance as well as the excellent aftermarket support provided by TDL – a winning combination,” says Patrick Bradley, director of Barhaul.