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Building on the solid legacy of proven designs, today's Cat® Rotary Blasthole Drills offers substantial technology, efficiency and productivity improvements to efficiently reach your targeted productivity rates. Our newest models fully integrate Cat designs, components and technologies, and every model delivers exactly what you expect from a product bearing the Cat brand: durability, precision, productivity, and unmatched parts and service support, anywhere in the world. It’s what lies beneath the paint that counts — that’s where you’ll find everything we stand for.

MD6540C Rotary Blasthole Drill 16 or 20 m (52.5 or 65.6 ft) Mast Configuration

  • Specification Summary

  • Hole Diameter 229-406 mm (9-16 in)
  • Engine Cat® 3512C HD
  • High Speed/Low Torque Rotary Head, dual motors 0-17 219 N·m (0-12,700 lbf)
  • Rotation speed 0-150 rpm
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Specifications

Hole Diameter 229-406 mm (9-16 in)
Engine Cat® 3512C HD
Bit Load Up to 53 845 kg (Up to 118,719 lb)

Rotary Drive System

High Speed/Low Torque Rotary Head, dual motors 20 880 N·m (0-15,400 lbf)
Rotation speed 0-124 rpm

Drill Table and Work Deck

Table height off ground 1.79 m
Components Hydraulic viewing hatch with hatch viewing spot light

Leveling Jacks

Lift capacity – each 68344 kgf
Components Four leveling jacks to provide stability drilling with 7° bench angle

Operating Temperature

Minimum ambient rating (standard) -1 ° C
Maximum ambient rating (standard) 52 ° C

Operator’s Cab

Components Cat operator’s seat with inertia reel seat belts, mechanical suspension or option with seat belt, heat, ventilation and air suspension

Undercarriage

Type Cat 374F undercarriage with full length rock guards and tram distance meter, 900 mm (35 in) triple grousers and auto tensioning.
Number of rollers on each side 11
Rock guards/chain guards Standard full-length guards
Maximum drive horsepower per track 300.5 kW
Brakes Spring set, hydraulic release
Brake release Automatic
Tram speed maximum 1.93 km/h
Gradeability 51%
Front Three-point oscillating type
Track adjustment means Automatic track tensioning system
Track drive disconnect Standard (manual)

Compressor (Standard)

Type Butterfly inlet, spiral valve control
Discharge air flow (sea level) 101.9 m3/min
Maximum operating pressure 6.9 bar

Pull-down/Hoisting Capacity

Pull-down capacity Up to 489 kN (Up to 110,000 lbf)
Hoist capacity Up to 382 kN (Up to 86,000 lbf)
Drilling feed rate 0-33.5 m/min (0-110 ft/min)
Retract rate 0-33.5 m/min (0-110 ft/min)
Head travel (16 m/52.5 ft mast) 18.29 m
Head travel (20 m/65.6 ft mast) 21.9 m

Mainframe, Decks and Walkways

Jacks, mast pivot and deck Welded integrally to mainframe
Machine deck Access both sides
Standard Includes Basic Mainframe and Deck features plus fixed ladder to main deck cab area, on right side of frame
Ultra Includes Basic Mainframe and Deck features plus cascading, self-leveling stairs to main deck cab area, on right side of frame with switched walkway lighting at ground and deck levels: – Includes two (2) lights – Includes ECM control tram interlock if ladder is down

Accessories, Tools and Handling Equipment

Rotary Tooling Rotary package for 273 mm (10 3⁄4 in) diameter pipes (drill pipe not included) on 20 m/65.6 ft mast, carousel plates, HOBO inserts, top sub, deck wrench, hoist plug, horse shoe wrench, universal bit basket, deck seals, chock bars, pipe rack inserts and bit sub
Rotary Tooling with Shock Sub Rotary package for 339 mm (13 3⁄8 in) diameter pipes (drill pipe not included) on 20 m/65.6 ft mast, carousel plates, HOBO inserts, shock sub with adapter [total], deck wrench, hoist plug, horse shoe wrench, universal bit basket, deck seals, chock bars, pipe rack inserts and bit sub

Engine

Model C3512 HD*
Rated horsepower 957 kW
Fuel tank (two tanks are standard) 3289 L
Note * The C3512 HD engine meets Tier 2/Stage II equivalent emission standards

Controls

Manuals All manuals stored in control system, service, operators and schematics
Components Virtual rotary head travel stops

Base Machine

Standard Includes Basic Mainframe and Deck features plus fixed ladder to main deck cab area, on right side of frame
Ultra Includes Basic Mainframe and Deck features plus cascading, self-leveling stairs to main deck cab area, on right side of frame with switched walkway lighting at ground and deck levels: – Includes two (2) lights – Includes ECM control tram interlock if ladder is down
Components Hydraulic viewing hatch with hatch viewing spot light

Basic Specs

Hole diameter range 229-406 mm (9-16 in)
Hole depth range – 16 m/52.5 ft mast: Single pass 16.15 m
Hole depth range – 16 m/52.5 ft mast: Multi-pass Up to 84.73 m (Up to 278 ft)
Hole depth range – 20 m/65.6 ft mast: Single pass 19.86 m
Hole depth range – 20 m/65.6 ft mast: Multi-pass Up to 56.4 m (Up to 185 ft)
Engine model Cat® 3512C HD, 1,800 rpm
Emissions U.S. EPA Tier 2/EU Stage II equivalent
Rated horsepower 957 kW
Compressor 101.9 m3/min @ 6.9 bar, 1,800 rpm (3,600 ft3/min @ 100 psi, 1,800 rpm)
Angle drilling 30° (in 5°increments)
Bit Load 53845 kg

Mast 16 or 20 m (52.5 or 65.6 ft)

Components Mast access ladder and floor grating

Mast Carousel

Pipe Rack (Inside the Mast): Carousel with stationary pods and breaker plates 20 m/65.6 ft mast, 2 × 9.14 m (30 ft) pipe carousel: – Pipe diameter 339 mm (13 3⁄8 in) – Total hole depth 38.1 m (125.2 ft)

Cooling

Components Variable speed cooler fans, ECM controlled

Technology Group

Basic Includes Base Machine Control Group features
Standard Includes Basic Control Group plus Auto Level/Retract and Auto Mast Angle
Ultra Includes Standard plus Auto Drill (Rotary, Single Pass)
Cat Terrain for Drilling – Production Includes Cat Terrain Mining System Interface
Cat Terrain for Drilling – Guidance Requires Cat Terrain for Drilling – Production
Cat Terrain for Drilling – Strata Requires Cat Terrain for Drilling – Production
Components Interface for third party mining systems
Type Full Autonomy

Hydraulics

Components Two primary pumps

Dust Control

Components 2.271 L (600 gal) water tank mounted on deck

Optional Dust Control Choices

Choices Water injection fast fill

Winch System

Cable weight rating 1588 kg
Cable size 13 mm
Winch lift capacity 5443 kg

Pipe Handling

Components Lifting bail for hoisting drill pipe/bit sub

Safety

Components Burn protection from exhaust pipes and turbo lines

Service Features

Features Self contained, Jib Crane mounted on the drill deck with pedestal controls

Service Packages

Standard Includes Basic Service features plus: full service center (fill and evacuation), fuel, compressor, coolant, engine oil, hydraulic, and gear box with fill only for rock bit oil and central lubrication: – Jib crane, with pedestal controls
Ultra Includes Standard Service features plus: mast access ladder, mast grating, posts only (for lanyard attachment to use with cable for traveling hook and harness): – Jib crane, with pedestal controls

Miscellaneous

Components Remote jump start terminals

Climate Choices

Standard Climate Range Ambient temperature range: -1° C (30° F) to 52° C (125° F): – Cab cooling to 19° C (66° F) – Window shades – Safety laminated tinted glass
Cold Climate Level 2 Ambient temperature range: -18° C (-1° F) to 52° C (125° F): – Wind up to 96 km/h (60 mph) – Cab heating to 27° C (81° F) – Safety laminated tinted glass – Cab glass defroster – Ether starting aid – Cab floor heater

Dealer Attachments Available

Attachment CB radio with antenna

Weights

Working weight 153903 kg
  • BASE MACHINE
    •  Cat 3512C HD, 957 kW (1,283 hp), 1,800 rpm engine meets Tier 2/Stage II equivalent emission standards
    •  Thermal protection of exhaust system and turbo lines
    •  Engine frame with hood
    •  Guard between engine and hydraulic drive
  • COMPRESSOR
    •  101.9 m3/min @ 6.9 bar (3,600 ft3/min @ 100 psi), 1,800 rpm, butterfly inlet, spiral valve control
  • COOLING
    •  Low coolant level switch
    •  Two coolers (split coolers)
    •  Maximum ambient cooling capacity of 52° C (125° F)
    •  Variable speed cooler fans, ECM controlled
  • HYDRAULIC
    •  Auxiliary circuit pump
    •  Fan pump
    •  Two primary pumps
  • Auxiliary circuit pump
    • Fan pump
      • Two primary pumps
        • CAB
          •  Spacious cab is 4.85 m2 (52.22 ft2)
          •  24V to 12V converter
          •  All electric controls for drilling, tramming, leveling plus auxiliary functions
          •  HMI touch screen control
          •  Trainer’s seat
          •  Electric horn
          •  Full front drill window
          •  Heavy duty door latches
          •  Roof mounted air conditioning/heating/pressurizing unit; hydraulic driven
          •  Cab ladder, roof platform and railing
          •  Roof window with protective cage
          •  Rubber shock mounted and insulated two-man extra large FOPS cab
          •  Slope indicators
          •  Split operator’s console with stainless steel panels and back-lit gauges
          •  Twelve (12) windows (see Climate Groups for glass selection)
          •  Two swing out (2) hinged doors with heavy duty door latching system
          •  Windshield wipers and washer tank kit
          •  Overhead interior dome lights
          •  Dash light on each panel
          •  Lighting package includes 4,200 lumen perimeter flood lights and 1,950 lumen area spotlights
        • CONTROL
          •  All manuals stored in control system, service, operators and schematics
          •  Engine shut down sequence in control
          •  Drill performance and monitoring/diagnostics system
          •  Electro-pneumatic compressor control system
          •  Filter indicators (air, hydraulic, and compressor)
          •  High/low tram speed select (high only when mast is down) interlock
          •  Mast lock indicator
          •  Electronic controls provides fast and reliable control of all drill functions
          •  ECM proportional fan speed control system
          •  Pump drive gearbox temperature sensor
          •  Rotary head RPM gauge – digital
          •  Tram interlock, machine outside stability limits
          •  Tram interlock, pipe in hole
          •  Tram interlock, mast up and locked or down and parked
          •  Jack/tram interlock
          •  Cab environment control (AC, filter, heat, fan speeds)
          •  Pipe positioner sensor
          •  Drill depth meter
          •  Drill function interlock, carousel in load position
          •  Drill function interlock, carousel not parked
          •  Drill function interlock, mast up and locked
          •  Drill function interlock, rod catcher not closed
          •  Rotary torque control
          •  Head clear interlock, rotary drive clear of carousel
          •  Winch not parked – tram interlock
          •  Jack pressure sensors
          •  Virtual rotary head travel stops
        • FRAME
          •  Fuel tanks separated with check valves
          •  Hydraulic tank with isolation valves and interlocks
          •  Slip resistant decks and walk ways
          •  3289 L (869 gal) fuel, (2 tanks mounted under power train)
          •  Bolt-on hand rails with kick plates
          •  Four (4) Cat maintenance free batteries
          •  Stainless battery box, sliding drawer type
          •  Four leveling jacks to provide stability drilling with 7° bench angle
          •  Heavy duty tow hooks (front end)
          •  Lift lugs
          •  Pipe loading guide roller
          •  Stationary rear deck
          •  Left rear swing gated handrail
          •  Rear deck bit storage box
          •  Hydraulic viewing hatch with hatch viewing spot light
          •  Walkways around the drill, 360 degrees
          •  Swing up cable steps, egress at each corner of drill
          •  Spring loaded self closing gates
          •  Vertical mast rest at front of drill
          •  Mounting frame for pressure washer with port in fuel and water tanks
        • Fuel tanks separated with check valves
          • Hydraulic tank with isolation valves and interlocks
            • Slip resistant decks and walk ways
              • 3289 L (869 gal) fuel, (2 tanks mounted under power train)
                • Bolt-on hand rails with kick plates
                  • Four (4) Cat maintenance free batteries
                    • Stainless battery box, sliding drawer type
                      • Four leveling jacks to provide stability drilling with 7° bench angle
                        • Heavy duty tow hooks (front end)
                          • Lift lugs
                            • Pipe loading guide roller
                              • Stationary rear deck
                                • Left rear swing gated handrail
                                  • Rear deck bit storage box
                                    • Hydraulic viewing hatch with hatch viewing spot light
                                      • Walkways around the drill, 360 degrees
                                        • Swing up cable steps, egress at each corner of drill
                                          • Spring loaded self closing gates
                                            • Vertical mast rest at front of drill
                                              • Mounting frame for pressure washer with port in fuel and water tanks
                                                • UNDERCARRIAGE
                                                  •  Cat undercarriage with full length rock guards and tram distance meter, auto tensioning and 900 mm (35 in) triple grousers
                                                • Cat undercarriage with full length rock guards and tram distance meter, auto tensioning and 900 mm (35 in) triple grousers
                                                  • MAST
                                                    •  Up to 49 895 kg (110,000 lb) rated capacity single cylinder pulldown/hoist system
                                                    •  Rotary head gear box, motors choice in attachment packages
                                                    •  Dust hood with hinged quick change dust seal
                                                    •  30 degree angle drilling in 5° increments and mast locks and indicator in cab [25 degree limit for 406 mm (16 in) holes]
                                                    •  Auto cable tensioning system (attached on pull down side)
                                                    •  Sliding deck wrench, hydraulic fork
                                                    •  HOBO (Hydraulic Operated Break-Out wrench)
                                                    •  Mast lanyard mounting plates
                                                    •  Sheave/feed rope guards
                                                    •  Cable pipe catcher
                                                    •  Winch 5443 kg (12,000 lb) lift capacity
                                                    •  Pipe positioner
                                                  • Up to 49 895 kg (110,000 lb) rated capacity single cylinder pulldown/hoist system
                                                    • Rotary head gear box, motors choice in attachment packages
                                                      • Dust hood with hinged quick change dust seal
                                                        • 30 degree angle drilling in 5° increments and mast locks and indicator in cab [25 degree limit for 406 mm (16 in) holes]
                                                          • Auto cable tensioning system (attached on pull down side)
                                                            • Sliding deck wrench, hydraulic fork
                                                              • HOBO (Hydraulic Operated Break-Out wrench)
                                                                • Mast lanyard mounting plates
                                                                  • Sheave/feed rope guards
                                                                    • Cable pipe catcher
                                                                      • Winch 5443 kg (12,000 lb) lift capacity
                                                                        • Pipe positioner
                                                                          • MISCELLANEOUS
                                                                            •  Standard Caterpillar colors
                                                                          • Standard Caterpillar colors
                                                                            • SAFETY
                                                                              •  Alloy drill deck covers, for servicing when mast in mast rest
                                                                              •  Air hose safety sleeves (whip socks)
                                                                              •  Battery disconnect and starter isolation only with lock outs
                                                                              •  Seven (7) engine shut down buttons, by each drill egress/access point, in cab, and in engine area on drill deck
                                                                              •  Tram alarm, with tram engagement
                                                                              •  Strobe beacon on cab and left side of drill
                                                                              •  Hinged protective cage for full length drill window
                                                                              •  LED night perimeter flood lighting on four sides, LED spot lighting power group area; drill deck; mast carousel; access ladder and walkways for night drilling
                                                                              •  A printed copy of the Operation & Maintenance Manual(s) shall be provided with each machine, installed at the factory, and available in the legal language(s) of the country where the machine is to be placed in service: – The language specified on
                                                                              •  A separate, weather-resistant literature compartment in the operator’s station shall be provided for the Operation & Maintenance Manual and other items related to safe operation and maintenance of the machine: – The compartment shall be loc
                                                                              •  Burn protection from exhaust pipes and turbo lines
                                                                            • SERVICE
                                                                              •  Loop filters between hydraulic pumps and motors (2) Hydraulic return filters, (1) hydraulic case drain strainer, (2) hydraulic charge filters, compressor oil filters, automatic 45 point lubrication system, centralized
                                                                              •  Hydraulic pressure test points
                                                                              •  Fast fill refueling system
                                                                            • ROTARY ACCESSORIES
                                                                              •  Rotary package for up to 339 mm (13 3?8 in) OD pipe diameter pipes (drill pipe not included) carousel plates, HOBO inserts, 914 mm (36 in) top sub, deck wrench hoist bell, horse shoe wrench, universal bit basket, deck seals,chock bars pipe rack inserts, bi
                                                                            • Rotary package for up to 339 mm (13 3?8 in) OD pipe diameter pipes (drill pipe not included) carousel plates, HOBO inserts, 914 mm (36 in) top sub, deck wrench hoist bell, horse shoe wrench, universal bit basket, deck seals,chock bars pipe rack inserts, bi
                                                                              • MISCELLANEOUS
                                                                                •  Tow bar assembly
                                                                                •  Interface for third party mining systems
                                                                                •  Drill pipe thread lubrication
                                                                                •  Bit lubricator
                                                                                •  Remote jump start terminals
                                                                                •  Factory service engineer on site (18 working days) days to direct start-up and commissioning
                                                                                •  Cat 374F undercarriage with 750 mm (29.53 in) triple grousers for hard rock
                                                                                •  Operator aides: – Mast crown clearance light – Two (2) closed circuit camera (front and left side) with monitor in cab – Hydraulic pipe catcher
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