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Hydraulic Mining Shovels

Proven success in nearly every surface mining application across the globe substantiates the durability of Cat® hydraulic shovels. Our equipment is engineered to endure the most difficult digging environments and the harshest conditions to afford our customers the greatest productivity. Simply stated, Cat hydraulic shovels are built to last.

6015/6015 FS Hydraulic Shovel

Cat hydraulic shovels are versatile machines used to load overburden and ore into haul trucks during the mining process in surface mines of all types across the globe. Utilizing proven Cat technology, each hydraulic excavator model is designed to provide superior digging forces and optimal cycle times while withstanding the rigors of any digging environment encountered. Our substantial global installed base validates our experience and expertise in the hydraulic mining excavator market and reaffirms our commitment to it. With the widest payload range in the industry, Caterpillar is well-equipped to fulfill any hydraulic excavator need that global mining customers may have.

  • Specification Summary

  • Engine Output - SAE J1995 Cat® C18 - 522 kW (700 hp); Cummins® QSK19 - 477 kW (640 hp)
  • Standard Bucket Capacity Face Shovel (SAE 2:1) - 7 m3 (9.2 yd3); Std. rock backhoe (SAE 1:1) - 6 m3 (7.8 yd3); M.E. backhoe (SAE 1:1) - 7 m3 (9.2 yd3)
  • Fuel tank capacity 1300 L
  • Max. swing speed - Cat version 5.1 RPM
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General Data

Engine Output - SAE J1995 Cat® C18 - 522 kW (700 hp); Cummins® QSK19 - 477 kW (640 hp)
Standard Bucket Capacity Face Shovel (SAE 2:1) - 7 m3 (9.2 yd3); Std. rock backhoe (SAE 1:1) - 6 m3 (7.8 yd3); M.E. backhoe (SAE 1:1) - 7 m3 (9.2 yd3)
Fuel tank capacity 1300 L

Diesel Engines - Version 2 - Cummins® QSK19 Tier 1

Aspiration Turbocharged and aftercooled
Bore 159 mm
Displacement 19 L
Make and model Cummins QSK19
Max. altitude without deration 3 100 m (10,200 ft) a.s.l.
No. of cylinders (each engine) 6
Stroke 159 mm
Total rated gross power SAE J1995 477 kW (640 HP) 1,800 min-1
Total rated net power ISO 3046/1 453 kW (607 HP) 1,800 min-1
Total rated net power SAE J1349 453 kW (607 HP) 1,800 min-1

Electrical System

Alternator - Cat Version 150 A
Alternator - Cummins Version 175 A
Batteries (12 V each) - Cat Version 2 x 210 Ah
Batteries (12 V each) - Cummins Version 2 x 170 Ah
Batteries (12 V each) - in series/parallel installation - Cat Version 210 Ah-24 V
Batteries (12 V each) - in series/parallel installation - Cummins Version 170 Ah-24 V
System Voltage 24 V
Working spotlights - Cummins Version 6 x Halogen lights

Operating Weights With Standard Undercarriage - Backhoe Unit - Cummins® QSK19

Standard track pads - Ground pressure 16.4 N/cm2 (23.8 psi)
Standard track pads - Operating weight 103300 kg
Track pads option - Ground pressure 13.3 N/cm2 (19.3 psi)
Track pads option - Operating weight 104700 kg

Operating Weights With Standard Undercarriage - Shovel Unit - Cat® C18

Standard track pads - Ground pressure 16.7 N/cm2 (24.2 psi)
Standard track pads - Operating weight 105200 kg
Standard track pads - Pad width 600 mm
Standard track pads - Width over pads 4400 mm
Track pads option - Ground pressure 13.5 N/cm2 (19.6 psi)
Track pads option - Operating weight 106600 kg
Track pads option - Pad width 750 mm
Track pads option - Width over pads 4550 mm

Operating Weights With Standard Undercarriage - Backhoe Unit - Cat® C18

Standard track pads - Ground pressure 16.7 N/cm2 (24.2 psi)
Standard track pads - Operating weight 105600 kg
Standard track pads - Pad width 600 mm
Standard track pads - Width over pads 4400 mm
Track pads option - Ground pressure 13.6 N/cm2 (19.7 psi)
Track pads option - Operating weight 107000 kg
Track pads option - Pad width 750 mm
Track pads option - Width over pads 4550 mm

Automatic Lubrication System

Capacity of grease drum 8 L

Undercarriage

Bottom Rollers (each side) 8
Gradeability of travel drives Max. 72%
Max. tractive force 652 kN (66 t = 146,520 lb)
Parking Brake Wet multiple disc brake, spring applied/hydraulically released
Support Rollers (each side) 1
Track Pads (each side) 48
Travel Drives (each side) 1 planetary transmission with 1 axial piston motor
Travel speed Max. 2.7 km/h (1.68 mph)

Operator’s Cab

Internal dimensions Length: 1 800 mm (5 ft 11 in); Width: 1 300 mm (4 ft 3 in); Height: 1 900 mm (6 ft 3 in)
Operator’s eye level approx. 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)

Operating Weights With Standard Undercarriage - Shovel Unit - Cummins® QSK19

Standard track pads - Ground pressure 16.3 N/cm2 (23.6 psi)
Standard track pads - Operating weight 102900 kg
Track pads option - Ground pressure 13.2 N/cm2 (19.1 psi)
Track pads option - Operating weight 104300 kg

Hydraulic Oil Cooling

Diameter of Fan 930 mm
Oil flow of cooling pumps - Cat Version 467 L/min
Oil flow of cooling pumps - Cummins Version 496 L/min

Hydraulic System with Pump Managing System

Hydraulic tank capacity approx. 1 300 L (343 US gal)
Main pumps 2 x variable swash plate pumps
Main pumps - Max. oil flow - Cat version 2 x 552 L/min (2 x 146 US gal/min)
Main pumps - Max. oil flow - Cummins version 2 x 587 L/min (2 x 155 US gal/min)
Max. pressure, attachment, travel 30 MPa = 300 bar (4,350 psi)
Max. pressure, swing system 32 MPa = 320 bar (4,640 psi)
Swing pump Reversible swash plate pump
Swing pump - Max. oil flow - Cat version 287 L/min
Swing pump - Max. oil flow - Cummins version 307 L/min
Total volume of hydraulic oil approx. 1 700 L (449 US gal)

Swing System

Max. swing speed - Cat version 5.1 RPM
Max. swing speed - Cummins version 5.4 RPM
Parking Brake Wet multiple disc brake, spring loaded/hydraulically released
Swing Drive Compact planetary transmission with axial piston motor
Swing Ring Triple race roller bearing with sealed internal gearing

Diesel Engines - Version 1 - Cat® C18 Tier 3

Aspiration Turbocharged and charge air cooled
Bore 145 mm
Displacement 18.1 L
Emission certification US EPA Tier 4i; Europe NRMM Tier III B
Make and model Cat C18
Max. altitude without deration 1 500 m (4,900 ft) a.s.l.
No. of cylinders (each engine) 6
Stroke 183 mm
Total rated gross power SAE J1995 522 kW (700 HP) 1,800 min-1
Total rated net power ISO 3046/1 496 kW (665 HP) 1,800 min-1
Total rated net power SAE J1349 496 kW (665 HP) 1,800 min-1

Machine Service & Support

Caterpillar factory-trained service engineers are available throughout the world to provide our customers with the support necessary to meet their production requirements.

Our service engineers have the knowledge and experience to bring a successful result to the most demanding projects. In addition, they are backed by Caterpillar’s team of engineers, who have design-based knowledge not available from other sources.

TriPower™ (FS Configurations Only)

Caterpillar uses a unique boom design that employs rotatable triangular rockers to generate superior mechanical leverage and control.

This unique Caterpillar design results in:
  • Increased effective lifting force
  • Constant boom momentum
  • Automatic constant bucket angle position in horizontal and vertical direction
  • Automatic roll-back limiter
Furthermore, the TriPower system enables Cat face shovels to use smaller-diameter boom cylinders. This benefit results in fast lifting speeds to outperform the competition.

Efficient Drive Systems

Cat hydraulic shovels are equipped with one or two diesel engines or an electric drive option.

On models equipped with two engines, the hydraulic excavator remains operational with only a single engine running, maintaining full availability. The electric drive is used on mainly stationary-operated machines and offers superior availability because it doesn’t require time to refuel and servicing the motor is minimized. The 6015/6015 FS is only available in a single diesel engine configuration.

Pump Managing System

The pump managing system continuously evaluates actual engine and hydraulic operating values against set values and adjusts pump output for optimal performance.

This results in an efficient use of the engine for greater productivity.

Superior Oil Cooling System

The cooling system utilizes dedicated pumps to provide cooling capacity as needed, whether the engine is idling or under load, whereas our competitors’ machines only provide cooling when the engine is under load and the excavator is working. Consequently, on Cat hydraulic shovels, the hydraulic oil circulates through the cooling system even when the excavator is waiting for the next truck.

This system provides a more efficient means of cooling, particularly in demanding applications. The radiator fan speed is thermostatically or electronically controlled for greater efficiency.

Closed-Loop Swing Circuit

The Cat closed-loop swing circuit results in fast boom lift motions during swing.

The kinetic energy of the swing motion is used during deceleration to support driving the main and auxiliary pumps. Compared to open circuits, the Cat closed-loop swing circuit is more energy-efficient, generates less heat and delivers faster speeds.

Simple & Efficient Hydraulic System

The main hydraulic valve block is located on top of the boom. This design reduces the total number of hoses that are needed and ensures they’re neatly organized for safe operation, easy inspection and fast service.

Because float valves are used to lower the boom instead of engaging pumps, the boom moves faster and other operating functions can occur simultaneously, such as bucket curl and stick in/out. This results in faster cycle times.

Sturdy Undercarriage

Cat undercarriages are tough and long-lasting.

Engineered with extensive use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), the steel structure is optimized, travel motors are well-protected by strong cover plates and hinged door covers, and a unique robust track chain incorporates a combined pad/link design on most models. A state-of-the-art track-tensioning system automatically adapts the tensioning of the tracks depending on operating conditions, extending the track life even further.

Monitoring and Diagnostic System

Enhancing diagnostic capabilities and providing detailed troubleshooting functions, the Board Control System uses sensors throughout the machine to monitor operating data, record faults, and notify the operator audibly and visually.

This promotes the earliest possible detection of faults and allows for timely maintenance planning and assistance for speedy repair. Board Control System not available on 6015/6015 FS models.

Electro-Hydraulic Control System

All larger-model Cat hydraulic shovels use an electro-hydraulic control system that electronically relays actuating signals from hand levers. Simplified troubleshooting and advanced diagnostic routines lead to increased uptime.

The design delivers fast and precise machine reactions, which reduce operator fatigue and increase efficiency. For greater comfort, joystick preferences are operator-adjustable. And since no hydraulic lines are inside or underneath the cab, it’s a more comfortable and clean work environment. The 6015/6015 FS is equipped with a simple hydraulic servo control.

Machine Accessibility

Systems throughout Cat hydraulic shovels are designed for easy access, enhancing serviceability.

  • Hydraulic Valve Block - The valve block is located on the boom where it’s cleanly laid out and easily accessed by walkways on both sides. This reduces the number of hoses leading from the superstructure. 6015/6015 FS models are not equipped with boom walkways.
  • Superstructure - Exceptional accessibility is provided to systems like the swing motor, swing gearbox and rotary distributor in the well-organized superstructure. The engine is accessible from three sides on most models.
Cat hydraulic shovels are equipped with retractable access ladders. A less steep 45° folding stairway is available as an option. An exit harness kit or a kick-down type, cage-equipped ladder allows for safe egress in case of emergency.

Safe, Comfortable Cab Design

Cat hydraulic excavator cabs have a falling object protection system (FOPS) and meet DIN ISO 3449 standards. They are equipped with comfortable multi-adjustable chairs, ample legroom, excellent visibility, temperature control, sound abatement and ergonomically-designed controls.

  • Windows: Safety glass is used for all windows and armored glass for the windshield.
  • Seating: The pneumatically-cushioned, multi-adjustable seat enhances operator productivity and includes a safety switch in the cushion that automatically neutralizes the hydraulic controls when the operator leaves the seat.
  • Display: A large, transflective color screen displays monitoring and diagnostic data for convenient troubleshooting and service assistance (not available on 6015/6015 FS models).
  • Five languages can be selected: English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.

Safe Bucket Control

The TriPower roll-back limiter prevents the bucket from being curled back too far and minimizes the potential for material to spill onto the attachment or the cab.

Lifting the bucket automatically in constant-angle position requires just a single lever actuation.

Emergency Shut-Offs

An easily-accessible, standard shut-off switch located in the cab shuts down the electrical system in case of emergencies.

Additional shut-off switches are located on the machine (e.g., in the machine house) or are accessible from the ground with pull ropes. Emergency shut-off is not available on 6015/6015 FS models.
  • TriPower shovel attachment (FS only)
    • Independent oil-cooling system
      • 3-circuit hydraulic system
        • Torque control in closed-loop swing circuit
          • Automatic central lubrication system
            • Triple-race swing roller bearing
              • General
                •  Export crating
                •  Finishing as per end user’s corporate colors
                •  Customizing of logos as per customer’s specification
              • Export crating
                • Finishing as per end user’s corporate colors
                  • Customizing of logos as per customer’s specification
                    • Superstructure
                      •  Xenon lighting
                      •  High-capacity water separator
                      •  Fast-filling connection for fuel
                      •  Catwalk with access steps at engine module (standard on C18 version)
                      •  Centrifuge for engine oil filtration
                      •  Various cold-weather packages
                    • Xenon lighting
                      • High-capacity water separator
                        • Fast-filling connection for fuel
                          • Catwalk with access steps at engine module (standard on C18 version)
                            • Centrifuge for engine oil filtration
                              • Various cold-weather packages
                                • Cab
                                  •  Radio with loudspeaker and antenna
                                  •  On roof-mounted air conditioning unit
                                • Undercarriage
                                  •  Track pad width 500 mm, 750 mm or 900 mm
                                  •  Track guides
                                  •  HD-LC undercarriage
                                • Attachment
                                  •  Xenon lighting on boom
                                  •  Special wear packages
                                  •  Additional optional equipment available on request
                                • Xenon lighting on boom
                                  • Special wear packages
                                    • Additional optional equipment available on request
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