Mine Master's Face Master 2.3, purchased by SHSU, a part of Ural Mining Metallurgical Co (UMMC), a Russian commodities producer, is a twin-boom drill rig intended to drill drifting face holes with diameters from 41mm to 76mm. It can be used in mines free of methane, with heights from 2.5 up to 6.1m. The drill-off area covers about 67m2.
Both booms on the machine are equipped with telescopic feeders. The hole depth may range from 2,150 to 4,010mm, or 2,440 to 4,310mm with corresponding lengths of the drilling rod. The impact power of the hydraulic drifter is rated in the 20kW range.
The Face Master 2.3 is characterised by its compact dimensions and good manoeuvrability. It comes in with an internal turning radius of 3,300mm and an external turning radius of 6,650mm.
A major advantage is the robust construction of chassis, providing long service life and low maintenance costs. The machine is diesel-powered, features a permanent four-wheel drive and an ergonomic operator's cabin with FOPS and ROPS rating.
The rig can be equipped with a system to control working parameters with data transfer via Wi-Fi, offering many options to monitor its operations.
"The face drill has shown itself in the best light. It is a universal machine, demonstrating high drilling precision and low consumption of drilling instruments," noted Dmitry Zhukov, executive director at GHH Russia, a distributor of Mine Master products in CIS countries. He said the rig has proven its high productivity in large-scale mining works as well as in tunnel construction.
"This is one of our first projects with Mine Master, a member of GHH Group, but we are satisfied with the results and the possibilities that the drill rig gives us," said SHSU director Ildar Sharipov. "The Face Master 2.3 showed itself so good during test works, that we decided to replenish our machine fleet with this model."
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