From humble beginnings

Dale Elphinstone’s relationship with Caterpillar began in 1966 at the age of 15 as an apprentice with Victorian and Tasmanian Cat Dealer, William Adams. Following his trade qualification came employment as a Field Service Mechanic across Tasmanian and King Island mine sites, and for a period of two years, with Canadian Cat Dealer, Finning.

Since modifying Cat surface mining equipment to suit underground applications out of his Fathers shed on their Mooreville Road, Burnie farm in 1975, the Elphinstone name has been synonymous with underground mining.

The Elphinstone Story

1975

Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd established

Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd established

Dale Elphinstone began modifying Caterpillar equipment to suit underground hard rock mining  applications out of his Fathers shed on their Mooreville Road, Burnie (Tasmania) farm in 1975.  The Elphinstone name was destined to become synonymous with underground mining.

1976

Head Office at 4 Hopkinson St, Burnie founded

Head Office at 4 Hopkinson St, Burnie founded

Head office was founded at 4 Hopkinson Street Burnie, Tasmania. Development of the first modified Caterpillar machines for underground started.

1977

First Elphinstone Underground Dump Truck

First underground truck sold

Sale of the first Elphinstone 79C underground mining truck, which was a modified Caterpillar 769C truck.

1978

Elphinstone Underground Scaler and Elevated Work Platform

Underground support vehicles developed

Development of the first Elphinstone underground support vehicles, the 920 Scaler and 925 Work Basket using a Caterpillar 920 wheel loader.

1978

Elphinstone Underground Ejector Truck

First Elphinstone underground ejector truck developed

Development of the first Elphinstone 79C underground ejector truck, which was a modified Caterpillar 769C truck.

1978

First Elphinstone Underground Grader

First Elphinstone underground grader developed

Development of the first Elphinstone underground grader from a Caterpillar 12G

1979

Underground loader developed

Underground loader developed

Development and sale of the first Elphinstone underground mining loaders, which were modified Caterpillar 980B and 925B wheel loaders.

1982

First Elphinstone purpose built underground truck

First Elphinstone purpose built underground truck

Design, manufacture and testing of the first purpose built Elphinstone underground mining dump truck.

1983

Sale of first fully manufactured underground product

Sale of first fully manufactured underground product

Elphinstone manufactured and sold the very first purpose built underground mining trucks, the AD13 (13-tonne capacity) and AD17 (17-tonne capacity) articulated dump trucks.

1984

80C Underground Loader

Sale of first Elphinstone 80C underground loader

Sale of the first Elphinstone 80C underground loader modified from a Caterpillar 980C wheel loader.

1986

First Elphinstone underground loader R1500LHD sold

First Elphinstone underground loader R1500LHD sold

Sale of first fully designed and manufactured, purpose built R1500 Load Haul Dump (LHD).  Machine no.1 is still operational and has returned to Burnie to be part of Dale Elphinstone’s collection.

1987

First underground export sales to USA

First export sale to Henderson Mine in the USA by Elphinstone of a purpose design and built R2600 LHD.

1988

R2800 Underground LHD

Sale of first Elphinstone designed and manufactured R2800 LHD

Sale of first fully designed and manufactured, purpose built R2800 Load Haul Dump (LHD).  Machine no.1 was delivered to a customer in Australia and painted white.  The machine is still operational and has returned to Burnie to be part of Dale Elphinstone’s collection.

1991

R1700 LHD and AD40 dump truck developed and first sales

R1700 LHD and AD40 dump truck developed and first sales

First R1700 LHD designed manufactured and delivered. The AD40 Dump Truck was designed and developed to compliment the larger LHDs.

1994

R2900 LHD developed and first sales

R2900 LHD developed and first sales

First R2900 LHD designed and developed. By the end of 1994 Elphinstone had delivered more than 200 LHDs, 100 of these where the R2800 model.

1995

Establishment of Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd

Establishment of Caterpillar Elphinstone Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Caterpillar Inc and Elphinstone Pty Ltd.

2000

Sale of remaining 50% shareholding to Caterpillar

Sale of remaining 50% shareholding to Caterpillar

Elphinstone Pty Ltd sells the remaining 50% share of the Joint Venture to Caterpillar Inc. which started the Caterpillar Hard Rock Vehicle (HRV) product range. At this time more than 700 machines had been manufactured and sold.

2001

1000th machine delivered

The 1000th machine originally designed by Elphinstone was sold by Caterpillar.

2007

Haulmax investment

Haulmax investment

The Elphinstone Group invested in Haulmax who manufactured an 80tonne capacity extended distance haul truck. The Haulmax business was relocated from Brisbane to Tasmania.

2009

Haulmax 3900 Dump Truck

Haulmax 3900 Series released

The Haulmax 3900 series extended distance haul truck was released following significant design, testing and field follow.

2011

RMT14D Road-Rail Vehicle

Railmax RMT14D hi-rail excavator released

The Railmax RMT14D hi-rail excavator was released which transformed the rail maintenance industry allowing work to be performed safely under live powerlines and on live parallel tracks transforming the rail maintenance industry.

2014

Haulmax

Elphinstone Group becomes sole owner of Haulmax

The Elphinstone Group purchases the remaining shareholding in Haulmax to become the outright owner.

2016

Elphinstone Pty Ltd is established

Elphinstone Pty Ltd is established

The Elphinstone Group purchases Service Vehicle Solutions (SVS) and Southern Prospect and combines these with Haulmax to for Elphinstone Pty Ltd.  Elphinstone Pty Ltd takes back the Burnie manufacturing facilities and the “Elphinstone” brand from Caterpillar.  Development of a new range of specialized underground hard rock support vehicles starts and the manufacturing facilities are repurposed to build these.

2017

Railmax RMT15F Road Rail Excavator released

Railmax RMT15F Road Rail Excavator released

The Elphinstone RMT15F Railmax was released with significant control system upgrades to the previous RMT14D version, increasing the machines capability, safety and productivity.

2017

Introduction of WR820 8m3 Agitator

Introduction of WR820 8m3 Agitator

Elphinstone introduces the WR820 Agitator at Minexpo 2016 and the first sales followed.

2017

Introduction of WR820 Water Cannon

Introduction of WR820 Water Cannon

Elphinstone develops and introduces the WR820 Water Cannon with remote operation as a solution for recovery of ore fines, unblocking of hang-up and dust suppression.

2017

Purchase of Underground Grader IP from Groundforce

Elphinstone purchases the underground grader IP of Groundforce to add road maintenance solutions to the growing portfolio of Elphinstone underground hard rock mining products.

2018

Introduction of UG20K and UG20M underground graders

Introduction of UG20K and UG20M underground graders

Elphinstone upgrades and introduces the UG20K and UG20M graders which results in a very successful road maintenance solution for customers around the world.

2018

Introduction of the WR820 10m3 Agitator

Introduction of the WR820 10m3 Agitator

Elphinstone expands the Agitator range by developing the WR820 10m3 Agitator which maximizes productivity of concrete delivery underground by increasing volume, speed and braking performance.

2019

WR820 Water Tank

Introduction of WR820 Water Tank

Elphinstone introduces the WR820 Water Tank, specifically designed for dust suppression with a capacity of 16,000L – 19,000L (dependent on configuration).

2019

Development of the WR810 platform

Development of the WR810 platform

Elphinstone develops the highly configurable WR810 underground service vehicle platform. The first machines developed were a 6m3 Agitator, Scissor Lift, Fuel & Lube and Water Cannon.

2020

Introduction of Tier 4 engines to the WR810 fleet

Introduction of Tier 4 engines to the WR810 fleet

The Elphinstone WR810 was further developed to include a Tier 4 engine option plus additional models were added including a Delivery (with crane), Flat Bed and Cab Chassis that provides flexibility for specific customer solutions.

2021

100th Elphinstone underground support vehicle is delivered

The 100th Elphinstone underground support vehicle is delivered. Elphinstone commences the development of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) solution for the WR810 and Next GEN underground grader.