15 Mar, 2004
Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM; Shungo Dazai, President and Chief Executive Officer) developed the ultra-large hydraulic excavator EX8000 as the largest class in the world, with an operating weight of 780 tons and a loading shovel bucket capacity of 40m3.
Assembly has been completed for the EX8000, which exceeds the operating weight and loading shovel bucket capacity of the EX5500-5 by 270 tons and 13m3, respectively.
After the completion of detailed performance tests, the EX8000 will be scheduled for user tests in a Canadian mine from this October.
Until now, HCM has boasted the EX1900-5, EX2500-5, EX3600-5 and EX5500-5 ultra-large hydraulic excavators, with roughly 600 orders placed mostly in North America, Australia, Asia and South Africa, gaining HCM the top share in this class.
The EX8000 was developed as a response to the growing size of dump trucks designed to reduce costs at mines.