By Lindsay Gale10 February 2014
Kocurek Excavators is currently working on the modification of a Cat 390D LME on behalf of Russian dealer ST Machinery. Weighing in at 86 tonnes in its unmodified state, when completed it will carry a three stage telescopic boom, intermediate and dipper to give it a reach of 50 m (164 ft), making it the biggest high reach in the country when delivered.
At the time of D&Ri’s visit, the carrier was largely in its unmodified state, although work has already commenced to fit its additional dismountable rear counterweight. When complete, it will feature all the usual elements of Kocurek’s ultra high reach machines, namely a hydraulic boom connect system, tilting cab and a hydraulically extending undercarriage with wider tracks.
The high reach boom elements for the new high reach have already been fabricated and are currently in the Kocurek facility awaiting the carrier’s completion, which is expected to be towards the end of March. D&Ri hopes to visit to see the machine in its final form.