Future Focus for Finning Canada & Elphinstone

Finning & Elphinstone Partnership

Finning has partnered with Elphinstone to provide a diverse range of underground mining support vehicles to suit your mining application.

With sustainability at the forefront of our clients’ minds, Elphinstone have begun developing a suite of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) support vehicles for underground hard rock mining to address the increasing decarbonisation efforts and expectations of our global customer base.

This will allow Finning and Elphinstone to support their clients achieve ESG targets as we move forward.

Finning is proud to be an authorised dealer for the Elphinstone UG product line including the UG20M Grader and the WR810 Series comprising a Delivery, Water Cannon, Fuel & Lube, 6m3 Agitator and Scissor Lift.

The WR810 Series is optioned with a Tier 4 Final version of the CAT C7.1 engine to align with Canadian emission standards.

The WR810 operator cabin is designed to seat three people in comfort with exceptional visibility. In the working environment a three-seater cabin allows for the complete crew to go collectively rather than deploying an additional light vehicle for personnel transport.

An exciting new line up from Elphinstone with the trusted service, warranty, parts and support from Finning.

WR810 Delivery

  • GVM* 28,760 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 3 (Standard)
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 FINAL (Optional)
  • Maximum Payload 11,130 kg
  • HIAB Crane Rated Lift Capacity 8.8 TM
  • Crane Outreach 7.7 m

*GVM dependent on product configuration.

UG20M Motor Grader

  • GVM* 18,000 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 INTERIM
  • Frame articulation left/right 20 degrees
  • Steering range left/right 47.5 degrees
  • Turning circle inner/outer (shortened wheelbase) 63/235 in
  • Overall length (shortened wheelbase) 28 ft 3.4 in

*Approximate only. GVM dependent on product configuration

WR810 Fuel & Lube

  • GVM* 24,750 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 3 (Standard)
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 FINAL (Optional)
  • Diesel Tank Capacity 5000 L
  • 4 x 300 L Oil Tanks
  • 44 gallon drum storage with 2 point lash down device

*Approximate only. GVM dependent on product configuration

WR810 Water Cannon

  • GVM* 28,660 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 3 (Standard)
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 FINAL (Optional)
  • Water Tank Volume 8000 L
  • Dust Suppression Road Spray System
  • Water pressure approx. 150psi

*GVM dependent on product configuration

WR810 Scissor Lift

  • GVM* 23,400 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 3 (Standard)
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 FINAL (Optional)
  • Rated capacity 5,000 kg AS1418.10 Group A, Type 1
  • Platform size 2,400 mm wide x 4,000 mm long
  • 17% machine levelling ability via cylinders

*Approximate only. GVM dependent on product configuration

WR810 Agitator 6m3

  • GVM* 29,400 kg
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 3 (Standard)
  • Engine model Cat C7.1 ACERT™ TIER 4 FINAL (Optional)
  • Volume 6 m3
  • Plant mix mode agitator bowl speed 0-19 rpm
  • Transit mode agitator bowl speed 0-6 rpm

*Approximate only. GVM dependent on product configuration

Elphinstone WR810 Series

The WR810 is the smaller of Elphinstone's two purpose built base support platforms.  Available in forward or centre mount cab configuration, the WR810 features an integrated Caterpillar powertrain delivering optimum performance and reliability in tough underground conditions.

ACERT™ Technology Caterpillar optimizes engine performance while meeting EPA Tier 3 regulations. ACERT™ Technology reduces emissions during the combustion process by using advanced technology in the air and fuel systems, in conjunction with  integrated electronics. The Caterpillar engine meets emission regulations at the combustion source rather than recycling exhaust gases.

C11 ACERT EngineCat C7.1 Tier 3 engine (Standard)

The C7.1 ACERT Tier 3 engine arrangement rated at 168 kilowatts (225 horsepower) is the standard option for less stringent emission regulations. Matched to the engine is a Cat five-speed (three-speed reverse) transmission fitted with a lock-up torque converter.
Downtime during service and maintenance is reduced through some clever engineering and design features. Quick change air filters and 500-hour oil service intervals also reduce downtime and keep machines in operation for longer for greater productivity. The on-board warning & protection system continuously checks all critical machine functions for early warning and fast fault finding, recorded for analysis.

C7.1 Tier 4 Final ACERT EngineCat C7.1 Tier 4 Final engine (Optional)

The C7.1 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine arrangement is optional, adhering to EU Stage V exhaust emission standards. The engine arrangement offers a dual horsepower configuration set at 151 kilowatts (202 horsepower) for a higher performance rating. The lower reduced ventilation rating at 129 kilowatts (173 horsepower) is possible through a simple software change performed by a Caterpillar dealer.

Cat Five Speed TransmissionCat Five-Speed Transmission

The field proven Caterpillar power shift countershaft transmission easily matches engine power to the load size and ground conditions. Electronic control makes fingertip controls possible, reducing operator fatigue and improving comfort.

Gear Application Gear ratios are designed to maximise productivity in specific cycle segments: Gear 1 provides highest rimpull capability for heavy load applications;  Gear 2 and 3 for normal loads and higher speed operations; Gear 4 and 5 provide excellent empty return and roading speeds.

CSA Glencore purchase WR810 Water Cannon through WesTrac

Elphinstone is excited to deliver a WR810 Underground Water Cannon to Glencore CSA Mine through WesTrac Cat in New South Wales. It is the third WR810 Water Cannon sold within Australia, with five units delivered internationally, with both Tier 3 and Tier 4 final engine arrangements. The dual application reduces the need for multiple machines, reducing capital, operational and maintenance costs plus the amount of heat and emissions produced. The machine will be used by Glencore CSA Mine for dust suppression, ore recovery and removal of hang up.

WR810 Tier 4 Underground Series

WR810 Tier 4 machines hit the market in Canada

It says a lot about Elphinstone’s reputation when a dealer halfway around the world orders its machines off the plan.

But that’s exactly what happened when Toromont (Authorised Caterpillar and Elphinstone Dealer) in Ontario, Canada, learned about Elphinstone’s WR810 Tier 4 Underground Support Vehicles.

Toromont secured two of these brand-new machines – one with a flat deck and crane, the other with water sprays and water cannon – for its dealership in Sudbury, Ontario, and they have just been delivered. A third WR810 will be on its way next year.

Designed and manufactured in Burnie, the WR810 is a highly configurable, 10-tonne nominal base platform, comprising a scissor-lift, agitator (6m3), fuel and lube truck, delivery with crane and innovative water cannon.

“This is a machine built to thrive in the harshest underground hard-rock mining environments,” says Larry Widdifield, Sales & Product Support Representative for Elphinstone in North America. “In terms of operator comfort, speed and productivity, the WR810 is hard to beat.”

A 30-year relationship

Among Ontario’s mining community, the Elphinstone name has long been synonymous with quality and innovation. This eastern region is the site of some of the world’s most productive mines, containing vast quantities of nickel, platinum and palladium, and Elphinstone machines have been underground here since 1990.

Larry was involved right from the start, and has some fascinating tales about the early days of the North American business.

“I was working for a company called Crothers – which was later bought by Toromont – when we heard about Elphinstone’s products, and flew to Tasmania to see them,” recalls Larry. “Bob Calvert, and one of the dealers took us out to one of the mines and said, ‘Here, have fun, I’ll see you at the end of the shift,’ and just kinda dumped us there. But we were in great hands, because the customer just loved his machine, and we ordered one.”

That machine – an R1500 loader, serial number 106 – marked the start of Elphinstone’s incursion into Canada, and the beginning of Larry’s relationship with Elphinstone. A year later, he’d left Toromont to become Elphinstone’s first employee for Canada, the US and Mexico.

“Dale gave me a credit card and said, ‘I hope you like travelling – I want you to see what you can do to start the business here.’ Pretty soon, we were delivering 100 machines a year across North America.”

Leading on productivity

Elphinstone’s success came from the quality of its loaders and the company’s ability to address customer requirements with good solutions, says Larry.

“One of the key factors was machine productivity,” he says. “We were faster and more reliable than anybody, and we prioritised operator comfort in our cabs – they were so comfortable, operators were eating their lunch in there instead of going to the lunch room. Managers couldn’t believe the uptake of acceptance by the operators.”

Larry predicts that the WR810 will be just as popular with operators and owners. The operator station is designed to seat three people in comfort with exceptional visibility, which is ideal for training purposes as well as allowing the complete crew to travel collectively, rather than deploying an additional light vehicle for personnel transport.

Meanwhile, the oscillating hitch provides superior operator comfort, four-wheel ground contact and reduced wear on the hitch and steering components.

WR810 Tier 4 Water Cannon

In terms of functionality, the WR810 Tier 4 Water Cannon is a dual application machine, providing both production and support capabilities. “It’s pretty unique,” says Larry.

As a production machine, the water cannon uses high pressure water to blast and wash valuable ore fines from difficult to access areas of the mine. A wireless controller and base station allows the operator to position the 8m telescopic boom for high-pressure blasting of material blockages from a safe remote location.

As a support machine, the high pressure water cannon is used to unblock open stopes by blasting the fines and smaller rocks away, and dislodging the remaining material. Water Spray valves mounted at the rear and sides of the tank suppress dust from the haul roads improving the operating conditions and resulting in improved health and safety.

WR810 Tier 4 Delivery with crane

With a payload of 11,130 kilograms, the WR810 Delivery with crane ensures parts, components and maintenance personnel are transported safely throughout the mine.

The fully integrated Hiab X-HiDuo 092 ‘optimal performance’ loader crane features a rated lifting capacity of 8.8 tonne metre (TM) and a 7.7-metre outreach, providing a reliable solution for day-to-day heavy lifting.

“Our plan is to have these machines in operation in early 2022,” says Larry, adding that there’s already considerable customer interest in these new assets. “The market over here is huge and once these machines get rolling I can see considerable demand for them.”

WR810 and WR820 Elphinstone Agitators

Elphinstone’s range of 3 underground agitators delivered to customers worldwide

Elphinstone was excited to recently capture a family photo of the WR810 6m3 Agitator, WR820 8m3 Agitator, and WR820 10m3 Agitator before delivering these to valued customers worldwide. All three machines will be used for shotcrete, construction and backfilling applications. Engineered with onboard machine diagnostics for rapid fault identification, all three machines have an excellent top speed at full capacity. With bowl capacities of 6m3, 8m3, and 10m3, the range of Elphinstone agitators allow mixing of wet or dry product with variable speed control. The three machines were fitted with a ROPS/FOPS air-conditioned, enclosed cabin and feature air-ride seats, ergonomic user-friendly intuitive controls, and excellent visibility.

WR810 Water Cannon

Third of four Elphinstone Underground WR810 Water Cannons on its way to Chile

The third of four Elphinstone Underground WR810 Water Cannons is on its way to a valued customer in Chile sold through Finning. The dual application machine features an 8m telescopic boom with a high-pressure water cannon operated via a wireless remote to wash down valuable ore fines and blast material blockages. Fitted to the rear and both sides of the machine, are spray valves for dust suppression on haul roads. Other features include a Caterpillar power train, all-wheel drive, oscillating hitch, heavy-duty axles, retarder for down haulage, a spacious 3-seat climate-controlled ROPS / FOPS cabin, automatic lubrication, fire suppression, mine water supply connection point, and automatic boom pack up.

Elphinstone WR810 Water Cannon

First two of four Elphinstone Underground WR810 Water Cannons bound for Chile

Two of four Elphinstone Underground WR810 Water Cannons are on their way to a valued customer in Chile sold through Finning. The dual application machines feature an 8m telescopic boom with a high-pressure water cannon operated via a wireless remote to wash down valuable ore fines and blast material blockages. Fitted to the rear and both sides of the machine, are spray valves for dust suppression on haul roads. Other features include a Caterpillar power train, all-wheel drive, oscillating hitch, heavy-duty axles, retarder for down haulage, a spacious 3-seat climate-controlled ROPS / FOPS cabin, automatic lubrication, fire suppression, mine water supply connection point, and automatic boom pack up.

WR810 Enclosed Cabin

Elphinstone WR810 air conditioned enclosed cabin designed for comfort

Designed for safety and comfort, the enclosed, three-seater, climate-controlled air-conditioned cabin means everyone will want to operate an Elphinstone WR810. Spacious layout, adjustable steering column, large touch screen display and excellent 360-degree visibility make operating the WR810 safe and reliable. Ergonomic fingertip control and keypad fitted to the right-hand armrest of the operator’s seat means the operator has full control of the braking performance of the machine.

Elphinstone WR810 Agitator with 6m3 bowl

The latest addition to the Elphinstone fleet! Available through the worldwide Caterpillar Dealer Network. Caterpillar power train, all wheel drive, oscillating hitch, heavy duty axles, retardar for down haulage, spacious 3-seat climate controlled ROPS cabin and many other industry leading features.
For more information visit: elphinstone.com/elphinstone-wr810-series
WR810 Fuel and Lube

Elphinstone WR810 Fuel & Lube support vehicle

The latest addition to the Elphinstone fleet! Available through the worldwide Caterpillar Dealer Network. Caterpillar power train, all-wheel drive, oscillating hitch, spacious 3-seat climate-controlled ROPS cabin, 5000litre diesel tank, 4x300litre oil tanks, space for 2x 44gallon oil drums, 2x grease drums, air compressor, fire suppression system, bunded tray and many other features, this truck is designed for the insitu servicing and “top-up” of fluid levels of production equipment underground. For more information visit: elphinstone.com/elphinstone-wr810-series

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