Two Wacker Neuson 3001 dumpers are in use in the northern Chilean mine of Gabriela Tocopilla at around 2,200 meters above sea level. Both all-wheel dumpers transport material daily for at least eight hours, in particular stone and rubble from the underground mine.
The safety regulations in the mining industry are especially high and strict. Beyond the obligatory FOPS (Falling Objects Protection Structure) level I, the cabin dumpers also meet FOPS level II. In addition to ROPS (Roll Over Protection Structure) and TOPS (Tips Over Protection Structure), the safety belt and an effective braking system are among the standard equipment. Options such as an audible reverse warning device, rotating beacon and mirror package significantly increase the operator safety. All of these requirements are met by the Wacker Neuson cabin dumper. An optionally available line-of-sight camera for the larger dumper models 6001, 9001 and 10001 also provides for improved all-round visibility and minimizes blind spots.
In addition to the high safety standards, the Chilean end users also especially appreciate the unbeatable off-road capability of the dumpers. The off-road capability is guaranteed by the articulated pendulum joint, which provides permanent ground contact and firm traction, as well as by the high ground clearance and hydrostatic all-wheel drive. Particularly important in the mining industry is the gradeability of up to 50 percent, because material in northern Chile is transported up from up to 150 meters depth. The miners also appreciate the ease of operation, the driving and cabin comfort as well as the machines' independence from the weather.
The generously-dimensioned cabin of the 3001 dumper offers the operator maximum head and leg room. All steering and control mechanisms are ergonomically laid out. Both doors of the cabin can be locked at an angle of 180 degrees so that it is possible to drive with the doors open. Maintaining the dumper is also designed to be easy: Daily checks are kept to a minimum due to the lockable maintenance accesses attached on both sides of the cabin. The service access located under the driver's seat can be easily reached by loosening four screws.