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Rotary Drills

Cat® rotary drills are available in six models, with a maximum bit load range of up to 75 000 kg (165,347 lb), to suit a wide variety of applications. They're proven to deliver efficiency, high productivity and low cost, as well as provide a comfortable environment for the operator. Cat® track drills are designed for optimum performance and serviceability, while maintaining the ruggedness and reliability our customers have come to expect. Fast cycle times and a low operating cost are achieved through our proven designs that offer enhanced maneuverability, better pattern coverage, and faster set-ups.

MD6540 Rotary Blasthole Drill

  • Specification Summary

  • Bit Load up to 54 000 kg (up to 119,050 lb)
  • Hole Diameter 229-381 mm (9.0-15 in)
  • Engine Series 2000 16V – 899 kW (1,205 hp) at 1,800 rpm
  • Rotation power 271.0 kW
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Specifications

Bit Load up to 54 000 kg (up to 119,050 lb)
Hole Diameter 229-381 mm (9.0-15 in)
Engine Series 2000 16V – 899 kW (1,205 hp) at 1,800 rpm

Rotary Drive System

Rotation power 271.0 kW
Torque – LSHT option 0-20 880 N?m (15,400 lbf-ft)
Torque – Standard HSLT 0-17 219 N?m (12,700 lbf-ft)

Undercarriage

Brake release Automatic
Brakes Spring set, hydraulic release
Front Three-point oscillating type
Gradeability mast down 66%
Maximum drive horsepower per track 268.0 kW
Number of rollers on each side 11
Rock guards Standard full-length guards
Track adjustment means Hydraulic with grease gun
Track drive disconnect Standard (manual)
Tram speed maximum 2.09 km/h

Accessories, Tools and Handling Equipment

Adapter Sub – Bottom thread Depends on pipe diameter
Adapter Sub – Diameter Depends on pipe diameter
Adapter Sub – Length 927 mm
Adapter Sub – Top thread – API reg. 140 mm
Adapter Sub – Wall thickness 25 mm
Bit Sub – Bottom thread Depends on pipe diameter
Bit Sub – Diameter Depends on pipe diameter
Bit Sub – Top thread Depends on pipe diameter
Bit Sub – Wall thickness 25 mm
Drill Pipe (optional) – Diameter – customer specifications 194 mm, 273 mm (7.625 in, 10.75 in)
Drill Pipe (optional) – Length – for 16 m mast 13.7 m
Drill Pipe (optional) – Length – for 20 m mast (2 each on starter string) 9.1 m
Drill Pipe (optional) – Threads Depends on pipe size
Drill Pipe (optional) – Wall thickness 25 mm
HOBO Wrench – Pipe rack (inside the mast) – Typical configuration 5-pod pipe carousel for up to 235 mm (9.25 in) outside diameter
HOBO Wrench – Pipe rack (inside the mast) – Typical configuration 4-pod pipe carousel for 273 mm (10.75 in) outside diameter
Table Bushing Roller deck bushing
Winch – Auto shut-off Located in crown, automatically shuts off winch when ball weight is seated
Winch – Cable size 16 mm
Winch – Rating – Optional 5443 kg
Winch – Rating – Rated winch 3629 kg

Compressor (Standard)

Discharge flow maximum setting (sea level) 102 m3/min
Discharge flow minimum setting (sea level) Adjustable down to 51 m3/min (Adjustable down to 1,800 ft3/min)
Maximum operating pressure 6.9 bar
Type Oil-flooded, single-stage screw

Operator’s Cab

Climate control Roof-mounted, AC/heating/pressurizing unit
Floor area 4.4 m2
Height inside 2121.0 mm
Helper’s seat Full-cushion type, collapsible, stow-away and removable
Location Adjacent to the drill deck
Number of doors Two with 2 (each) windows (included in above)
Number of windows 12
Operator’s seat One swivel-type with armrests, headrest and retractable seat belt
Roof Roof viewing hatch with window (protected with FOPS-certified cage)
Type One piece, three man; shock-mounted; integrated FOPS certified, fully electrical/electronic
Windows Tinted thermopane glass in rubber mounting

Options

Cold Weather Package – Temperatures to: -40 ° C
Dust Collection The Dry Dust Suppression System uses a fan-wheel arrangement with aggressively pitched fins/vanes.
Dust Collection These fins/vanes provide 173 m3/min (6,100 ft3/min) air flow & can develop up to 508 mm (20 in) water vacuum at the deck inl
Heating and Circulation – Drainage for water-injection system temperatures to: -40 ° C
Water Injection Hydraulic pump and motor arrangement with below-deck tanks 2922 L (772 gal) capacity.

Rated Capacity

16 Meter Configuration – Depth multi-pass Up to 84.73 m (Up to 278 ft)
16 Meter Configuration – Depth single-pass Up to 16.15 m (Up to 53 ft)
20 Meter Configuration – Depth multi-pass Up to 65.58 m (Up to 215 ft 2 in)
20 Meter Configuration – Depth single-pass Up to 19.86 m (Up to 65 ft 2 in)
Hole diameter 229-381 mm (9-15 in)

Operating Temperature

Altitude 4572 m (over 15,000 ft)
Cold weather option -40.0 ° C
Maximum ambient rating – standard unit 52.0 ° C
Minimum ambient rating – standard unit -28.0 ° C

Leveling Jacks

Location 2 front, 2 rear
Number 4
Pad diameter 1067.0 mm

Mainframe, Decks and Walkways

Jacks, mast pivot and deck Welded integrally to mainframe
Machine deck Access all sides
Tools and battery box In-board extra-large toolbox (sunk in drilling deck)
Tow eyes Welded, two front

Pull-down/Hoisting Capacity

Cable type – DYFORM 8 29.0 mm
Drilling feed/retract rate 0-37.5 m/min (0-123 ft/min)
Hoist capacity Up to 383 kN (Up to 86,000 lbf)
Pull-down capacity Up to 489 kN (Up to 110,000 lbf)

Drill Table and Work Deck

Dust curtain – Length Hydraulic lifters front and rear
Feature Wide walkways
Table height off ground – drill on tracks 1854 mm
Viewing hatch operated from the cab In the drill deck; hydraulically

Engine (Standard)

Fuel tank 2055 L + 1234 L; total 3289 L (543 gal + 326 gal; total 869 gal)
Full load RPM 1,800
Manufacturer Detroit Diesel
Model Series 2000 16V Tier 2
Rated horsepower 899 kW

Mandatory Attachments (Installed at Factory)

Select one from each group. Mandatory attachments may vary. Consult your Cat® dealer for specifics.

MAST SELECTIONS 20 METER CONFIGURATION

  • 19.86 m (65'2") Single Pass Hole Depth using 2 × 9.14 m (30 ft) S-S drill pipes and 310 cm (122 in) long bit sub: – 65.5 m (215 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for five (5) 9.14 m (30 ft) long S-S × 219 mm (85⁄8 in) OD pipes – All hole depths with drill on tracks, changing bit above the deck – Winch 1587 kg (3,500 lb) capacity
  • 19.86 m (65'2") Single Pass Hole Depth using 2 × 9.14 m (30 ft) S-S drill pipes and 310 cm (122 in) long bit sub: – 65.5 m (215 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for five (5) 9.14 m (30 ft) long S-S × 235 mm (91⁄4 in) OD pipes – All hole depths with drill on tracks, changing bit above the deck – Winch 1587 kg (3,500 lb) capacity
  • 19.86 m (65'2") Single Pass Hole Depth using 2 × 9.14 m (30 ft) S-S drill pipes and 310 cm (122 in) long bit sub: – 56.4 m (185 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for four (4) 9.14 m (30 ft) long S-S × 273 mm (103⁄4 in) OD pipes – All hole depths with drill on tracks, changing bit above the deck – Winch 1587 kg (3,500 lb) capacity

MAST SELECTIONS 16 METER CONFIGURATION

  • 16.15 m (53 ft) Single Pass Hole Depth using 13.7 m (45 ft) S-S drill pipe and 396 cm (156 in) long bit sub: – 84.73 m (278 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for five (5) 13.7 m (45 ft) long S-S × 219 mm (85⁄8 in) OD pipes – With drill on tracks – changing bit above the deck – Winch 3492 kg (7,700 lb) capacity
  • 16.15 m (53 ft) Single Pass Hole Depth using 13.7 m (45 ft) S-S drill pipe and 396 cm (156 in) long bit sub: – 84.73 m (278 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for five (5) 13.7 m (45 ft) long S-S × 235 mm (91⁄4 in) OD pipes – With drill on tracks – changing bit above the deck – Winch 3492 kg (7,700 lb) capacity
  • 16.15 m (53 ft) Single Pass Hole Depth using 13.7 m (45 ft) S-S drill pipe and 396 cm (156 in) long bit sub: – 84.73 m (278 ft) Total Hole Depth multi pass using carousel – Carousel for four (4) 13.7 m (45 ft) long S-S × 273 mm (103⁄4 in) OD pipes – With drill on tracks – changing bit above the deck – Winch 3492 kg (7,700 lb) capacity

TOP DRIVE GROUP (must select one)

  • Top drive – high speed/low torque: – Two (2) motors – Rotation speed 0-150 rpm – Torque up to 17 219 N·m (12,700 lbf-ft)
  • Top drive – low speed/high torque: – Two (2) motors – Rotation speed 0-124 rpm – Torque up to 20 880 N·m (15,400 lbf-ft)

MACHINE DECAL LANGUAGE GROUP (must select one)

  • Machine Decal Group – English
  • Machine Decal Group – Spanish
  • CAPABILITY
    •  The MD6540 crawler-mounted blasthole drill is designed to drill up to 381 mm (15 in) diameter holes depending on application with rated pulldown capacity up to 49 895 kg (110,000 lb), hoist capacity 39 009 kg (86,000 lb).
  • ENGINE/COMPRESSOR
    •  Detroit Diesel Series 2000 16V engine 899 kW (1,205 hp) @ 1,800 rpm
    •  Additional fuel filtration
    •  Single stage Sullair compressor 101.9 m3/min @ 6.9 bar (3,600 ft3/min @ 100 psi) with split coolers
    •  Standard spiral valve on compressor allows variable air volume control
  • Detroit Diesel Series 2000 16V engine 899 kW (1,205 hp) @ 1,800 rpm
    • Additional fuel filtration
      • Single stage Sullair compressor 101.9 m3/min @ 6.9 bar (3,600 ft3/min @ 100 psi) with split coolers
        • Standard spiral valve on compressor allows variable air volume control
          • MAST
            •  Up to 381 mm (15 in) hole diameter
            •  Up to 49 895 kg (110,000 lb) pulldown capacity
            •  Up to 53 845 kg (118,709 lb) bit load
            •  Patented HOBO (Hydraulically Operated Break Out) wrench operated from the cab (variable grip)
            •  Auto cable tensioning system
            •  30 degree angle drilling package with mast locks in 5 degree increments
            •  Grid mesh in back of mast
            •  Hydraulically operated pipe catcher
          • TOP DRIVE
            •  See Mandatory Selections
          • OPERATOR’S CAB
            •  Integrated FOPS
            •  Totally enclosed and insulated two-man extra large cab
            •  Rubber shock mounted to absorb vibration during drilling
            •  Excellent visibility
            •  Full front drill deck window with protective cage
            •  dB(A) rating of 72 or less
            •  Two (2) hinged doors with heavy duty door latching system
            •  Twelve (12) windows – with window tint and window shades on five (5) windows
            •  4.4 m2 (47.3 ft2) floor space and walkway/railing around it
            •  Ergonomic operator’s console with split control panel and full instrumentation
            •  Operator’s console with stainless steel panels and back-lit gauges
            •  Ergonomic operator’s seat with head and arm rests, and with retractable seat belt
            •  Air suspension
            •  All electric controls for drilling, tramming, leveling plus auxiliary functions
            •  Auxiliary functions operated by fingertip switches
            •  Hydraulic drive, roof mounted air conditioning/heating/pressurizing unit
            •  Roof window with protective cage
            •  Windshield wipers and washer tank kit
            •  Stereo kit (CD, radio, AM/FM and iPod port) complete with speakers
            •  Cab ladder and roof platform plus railing
            •  Drill performance and monitoring/diagnostics system complete with full interlock system
            •  Auto level and single-pass auto drill function/processing
            •  Closed circuit camera system (two cameras) with color screen monitor
            •  Storage box
            •  Electric horn (activated by push button inside the cab)
          • UNDERCARRIAGE
            •  Excavator type heavy duty tracks with planetary drive, integral brake, and cushioned idler
            •  900 mm (35.4 in) wide, triple grousers
            •  Full length chain guides/rock guards
          • MAINFRAME, DECKS AND WALKWAYS
            •  Main frame made of high strength low alloy box-section plate
            •  Reinforced in high stress areas
            •  Main deck and wide walkways provide easy access to all components around the drill
            •  Rear deck is stationary during both angle and vertical drilling modes
            •  Viewing hatch in the rear deck, hydraulically operated from the cab
            •  Complete walk-around platform/walkway for entire rig
            •  Cascading (self leveling) stairs at cab, access ladder at rear deck and two ladders on front deck
            •  Four (4) hydraulic leveling jacks – front jacks @ 1524 mm (60 in), rear jacks @ 1219 mm (48 in)
            •  Heavy duty tow hooks (front end) and lifting lugs
            •  Mast access stair/platform
            •  Extra large inboard tool chest/bit box
            •  Rear deck pipe loader guide
            •  Hydraulically operated front and rear dust curtains
            •  Automatic lubrication aystem
            •  Fuel tanks under engine (3289 L/869 gal)
            •  Jib crane with controls mounted on rear deck
            •  Fast fill full service center/box
            •  4 × 8D maintenance free batteries
            •  Slide-out battery tray with four (4) batteries
            •  Remote jump start terminals
          • Main frame made of high strength low alloy box-section plate
            • Reinforced in high stress areas
              • Main deck and wide walkways provide easy access to all components around the drill
                • Rear deck is stationary during both angle and vertical drilling modes
                  • Viewing hatch in the rear deck, hydraulically operated from the cab
                    • Complete walk-around platform/walkway for entire rig
                      • Cascading (self leveling) stairs at cab, access ladder at rear deck and two ladders on front deck
                        • Four (4) hydraulic leveling jacks – front jacks @ 1524 mm (60 in), rear jacks @ 1219 mm (48 in)
                          • Heavy duty tow hooks (front end) and lifting lugs
                            • Mast access stair/platform
                              • Extra large inboard tool chest/bit box
                                • Rear deck pipe loader guide
                                  • Hydraulically operated front and rear dust curtains
                                    • Automatic lubrication aystem
                                      • Fuel tanks under engine (3289 L/869 gal)
                                        • Jib crane with controls mounted on rear deck
                                          • Fast fill full service center/box
                                            • 4 × 8D maintenance free batteries
                                              • Slide-out battery tray with four (4) batteries
                                                • Remote jump start terminals
                                                  • CAROUSEL
                                                    •  Hydraulically operated from the cab
                                                    •  No moveable parts
                                                    •  Semi-automatic indexing
                                                  • COOLING (SINGLE, FRONT-END MOUNTED)
                                                    •  Maximum ambient cooling capacity of 52° C (125° F)
                                                    •  Variable speed fan arrangement for coolers
                                                  • HYDRAULIC SYSTEM
                                                    •  Two (2) variable displacement axial piston pumps, in closed loop, which operate the drill rotation, pulldown/hoist and tram.
                                                    •  One (1) high pressure piston pump, in load sense, for all auxiliary functions
                                                    •  One (1) high pressure tandem gear pump, in open loop, for cooler fans (2 fans per cooler)
                                                    •  Dual filtration and additional loop filters between pumps and motors
                                                    •  Hydraulic tank capacity 1363 L (360 gal)
                                                  • Two (2) variable displacement axial piston pumps, in closed loop, which operate the drill rotation, pulldown/hoist and tram.
                                                    • One (1) high pressure piston pump, in load sense, for all auxiliary functions
                                                      • One (1) high pressure tandem gear pump, in open loop, for cooler fans (2 fans per cooler)
                                                        • Dual filtration and additional loop filters between pumps and motors
                                                          • Hydraulic tank capacity 1363 L (360 gal)
                                                            • DRILL ACCESSORIES (TRICONE/ROTARY)
                                                              •  Heavy duty shock sub, with top sub adaptor
                                                              •  Roller deck bushing
                                                              •  Bit sub
                                                              •  Horseshoe bushing
                                                              •  Bit basket
                                                              •  Lifting bail
                                                              •  Auto tool wrench (deck wrench)
                                                            • DUST SYSTEM
                                                              •  See Optional Equipment and select the required system
                                                            • PAINT
                                                              •  Standard Caterpillar colors
                                                            • MISCELLANEOUS
                                                              •  Backup alarm
                                                              •  Filter kit for 50-hour preventive maintenance.
                                                              •  Seventeen (17) LED night lights
                                                              •  Handrails with side boarding ladders
                                                              •  Outside cab platform for easy access and full walk around
                                                            • Backup alarm
                                                              • Filter kit for 50-hour preventive maintenance.
                                                                • Seventeen (17) LED night lights
                                                                  • Handrails with side boarding ladders
                                                                    • Outside cab platform for easy access and full walk around
                                                                      • DRILLING
                                                                        •  Drill pipe (see Drill Pipe Price List)
                                                                      • DUST COLLECTION OPTIONS
                                                                        •  3600 dust collector with precleaner, (tandem model HDE 1800’s in Series)
                                                                        •  Water injection system for dust suppression with 2922 L (772 gal) below deck tanks not available with dust collector
                                                                      • FLUIDS
                                                                        •  Drill pipe thread lubrication
                                                                      • COLD WEATHER AIDS
                                                                        •  Heating system (self-contained heater for engine coolant, water, hydraulic oil, fuel)
                                                                      • MISCELLANEOUS
                                                                        •  Luncheonette – microwave/refrigerator
                                                                        •  Custom paint (contact factory)
                                                                        •  Winch remote control pendant (control outside cab)
                                                                        •  24V to 110 volt AC invertor
                                                                        •  Remote jump start terminals
                                                                        •  Mechanical tool kit (reference TV014590)
                                                                        •  Extreme hot weather lubricant upgrade (compressor oil)
                                                                        •  Extreme hot weather lubricant upgrade (hydraulic oil)
                                                                        •  Tow bar assembly
                                                                        •  Lanyard attachment (cable with travelling hook) on mast
                                                                        •  Ground level pull cable shut down
                                                                        •  High pressure wash-down pump with hose reel
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