Schopf Updates Narrow Underground Loader
Schopf Maschinenbau GmbH showed its improved SFL 35 underground mine loader at bauma 2013. Schopf’s smallest loader now shares many of the same components as its larger stablemates: Kessler axles, LCB Posistop brakes and a Clark transmission.
Designed for operation in narrow tunnels, the loader has a nearly 4 ton payload and 55 in width.
It is powered by a Deutz D 914 air-cooled diesel engine in a 5.4 L five-cylinder configuration rated 92 hp or 6.5 L six-cylinder engine rated 100 hp. The engine is teamed with a Clark MT 20000 Series fully automatic transmission as standard.
The engine design allows worldwide use with high sulfur fuels, said Schopf, and its efficient injection and combustion system ensures low fuel consumption, low operating costs and the best engine performance. It meets EU Stage 3a and U.S. EPA Tier 3 emission standards.
The new FOPS / ROPS certified open cab provides safety and good all-round visibility, and it is now controlled via two joysticks rather than a steering wheel, making entry and exit into the cab easier, said the company.