Video: on site at the Takitimu mine

Check out this video of the Hyundai HL770-7A and the Sandvik QA451 screen in action at Bathurst Resources’ Takitimu mine site in Southland.

Down the end of a side-road near Nightcaps – a small Southland settlement well off the beaten track, whose main claim to fame is being a small Southland settlement well off the beaten track – is Bathurst Resources’ Takitimu Mine site.

Coal mining has taken place on this site in some shape or form since the 1880s, although today’s fully mechanised operation would be absolutely alien to the founders of the site.

As to the gear used at Takitimu, the common theme is "big". Everything is supersized here, from massive Hyundai R800LC-9 excavators working the brow of a hill, to the new Sandvik QA451 triple decked Doublescreen (the biggest mobile tracked screen the Swedish manufacturer makes), to the enormous ADTs rolling backwards and forwards, taking coal from the face to be processed.

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