3 Different Types of Earth Movers Used in the Mining Industry

Did you know that every year, on average, each American uses 40,000 pounds of newly mined materials? Mining and the stuff we get from it are essential to our way of life; it’s a vital industry.

The mining industry uses all types of machines for various stages of the mining process. Here are three pieces of earthmoving equipment that are used to help move earth and excavate the land.

1. Excavators as Mining Equipment

An excavator is a standard piece of heavy industry machinery used as earth moving equipment. Excavators can be seen in most construction jobs, from mining to building sites. An excavator is a piece of machinery that uses hydraulics to function and has a long arm with a bucket attachment.

The standard excavator has a cab for an operator and can be driven using wheels, or the more familiar tracks. An excavator can be used for many types of construction jobs and fitted with special attachments most suitable for each project.

Excavators are used in mining to remove earth and materials like coal. They work by digging with a hydraulic arm and hauling away with a bucket. Many different types of excavators are used in both small and large scale mining operations. 

2. Commercial Grade Equipment Backhoe Loaders

Backhoe loaders are another standard piece of heavy machinery used in mining and construction. This piece of earthmoving equipment is convenient because it’s three components built into one piece of equipment. Backhoe loaders are typically driven on wheels with a cab for the operator.

Backhoes consist of the following three components:

  • Backhoe
  • Loader
  • Tractor

Having this one piece of machinery that’s equipped with the above elements is helpful, especially on sites where there’s limited space for various pieces of machinery. 

3. Dump Truck for Moving Earth 

Dump trucks are also used as earth moving equipment in mining. A dump truck usually has a large open bed that lifts at the front near the cab. This allows the vehicle to dump its materials that may include anything from sand to coal.

Haul trucks are extra-large dump trucks used explicitly for industrial mining. These trucks are heavy duty and used to haul large quantities of mining materials and even other equipment. 

Excavators on your job site will use a dump truck to haul away earth materials that are extracted by them. The bigger the excavator, the more earth moved, and the bigger your dump truck needs to be. 

Earth Moving Equipment at Kor-Pak

Do you need help with your current earth moving equipment, or are you looking for new products for a job? Either way, we have you covered at Kor-Pak. We work to keep your heavy industry machines operating at peak efficiency.

If you need help with replacement parts, refurbishing, retrofitting, or repairs, we can help you. Contact us today at Kor-Pak for a quote for one of our products and services. 

Posted in Industrial Equipment.