Cautrac, the importer and distributor for the Morooka range of tracked carriers, will show the new MST-2200VDR model at the Plantworx fair, which takes place at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire in the first week of June.
Morooka's 11-tonne machines date back to the 1970s but the new VDR unit is the first rotating version. This means that it can take a load to the tipping area and then rotate through 180 degrees while stationary prior to unloading, thus avoiding turning the loaded machine around by contra-rotating the tracks. This saves time as well as wear and tear to both machine and ground beneath.
The MST-2200VDR is a completely new design, retaining only a few features from the previous 2200 model. It is powered by a Cat C7.1 6-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine which develops 186kW @ 2000 rpm and drives a hydrostatic transmission (HST). This new HST offers increased torque compared to the standard MST-2200 while retaining the two-speed ranges which can be changed even when the machine is fully laden and running at full power. Another safety feature is that when descending steep slopes, the machine will automatically alert the operator if travel speed becomes too high.
The machine has an overall width of 2980mm and rides on 800mm wide rubber tracks. Ground clearance is nearly 600 mm.
For more details on Plantworx, see http://www.plantworx.co.uk.