Heli-portable Kubota excavator

By: Stewart Basin Exploration  09-12-2011
Keywords: Helicopter, excavator, Angle Blade

Heli-portable Kubota KH41

Operators are experienced in a wide variety of terrains.

The excavator is rubber tracked and is one metre wide. The rubber tracks provide a good grip on rocky surfaces.

The maximum digging depth is 2 - 2.5 metres. The depth reached depends on the ground slope, ground stability, and orientation of the machine. It is not possible to dig frozen ground although it will break through lightly frozen ground.

The excavator weighs 3,500 lbs. (1,588 kg) and is dismantled in 4 pieces, the largest being 1,215 lbs (551 kg).

The equipment is moved with a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

Helicopters and number of loads: Bell Jet Ranger (206B) - 4 loads (restrictions apply), Bell Long Ranger (206LR) - 4 loads, Hughes 500D - 5 loads (restrictions apply), Bell 407 - 2 loads, Bell 204 - 1 load (distance dependent), Astar 350 BA - 3 loads.

For the Bell 407 lift 1 the tracks and body stay together and the weight is 2,200 lbs. (989 kg). Lift 2 consists of the arm and lifting frame, and a net load containing the ROPS canopy, fuel and fuel tank, oil, support gear, tools, counter weights etc.

Fixed-wing: Shorts Skyvan - 1 load, the ROPS canopy is removed.

The time for one person to assemble or disassemble the machine and prepare loads is 3-5 hours. Times vary depending on terrain and conditions and decrease if additional personnel are available.

Applications: excavation and reclamation of trenches and test pits, side-hill trenches, drill pads, ATV trails for access to drill pads and work areas, camp jobs.

The excavator has a custom-built angle blade and cleanup bucket. The blade increases stability when digging and travelling and assists in safe operation on sloping ground. The angle blade is used when working on pads, side-hill trenches, reclamation and trails.

The excavator has a rollover canopy and canvas cab covers.

The excavator is equipped with slings and fittings for helicopter transport and comes complete with all equipment and tools.

The excavator and personnel are charged at a daily rate.

Mobilization and demobilization are charged at a daily and/or kilometre rate.

Scheduling of work is subject to the availability of equipment and personnel. Stewart Basin is fully insured.

Keywords: Angle Blade, excavator, Helicopter,

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