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MrX 26845 59 CAT 325BL coal loading shovel either
CAT 325BL coal loading shovel
This is a CAT 325BL modified as a coal loading face shovel
designed to match up with A30C and A35C Volvo 6x6 ADT's with
coal loading bodies.

I have never seen or heard of the CAT 325 with a face shovel
design before and am curious to know anything about this.
Any specifications or other information supplied about this
curious machine will be very helpful.

Thanks
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Re: CAT 325BL coal loading shovel
Small front shovels have traditionally been used in British
opencast coal mines to remove the black seam while big front
shovels dig overburden.
Orenstein & Koppel has been the brand with more influence in
United Kingdom´s coal mining. Since the 70´s they have sold
the first units of big front shovels (RH60, RH75, RH300,
RH75C, RH120C, RH90C, RH200,...). Besides O&K was one of the
brands with small front shovels (RH9 or RH12 to name a
couple). These models were not "pure" front shovels since
they didn´t have mono-block booms. On the other hand Poclain
provided real small front shovels, thus customers could find
mono-block front booms from the Poclain 90CK (20 tons).
Anyway I think O&K sold more machines than Poclain for this
kind of duties in the UK.
Now Poclain does not exist (Case prefers to import Sumitomo
machines from Japan) and O&K has been splitted in two
companies O&K (part of CNH) and O&K Mining (part of Terex).
So other brands like Cat are getting a bigger market share.
The Cat 325 on the picture is a modified model (nothing to
do with Cat engineering) to create something similar to a
front shovel. The smallest Caterpillar front shovel was the
235 model (40 tons), now the 5080 model(80 tons) is the
smallest one. Nowadays O&K built some 35, 40 tons front
shovels, probably the smallest in the market.

Big front shovels are designed, manufactured and sold by O&K
Mining, Komatsu (formerly Demag), Liebherr, Hitachi and
Caterpillar.
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