Comiskey Mining Services purchased the latest Caterpillar 24 Motor Grader from Hastings Deering in January this year, making it the first company in the country to reap the rewards of the new machine.


CMS purchased its first Cat M Series grader in 2012, when the machines were recognised by letter identification. In mid- 2017, Caterpillar announced the new models within the series would be recognised by machine serial numbers, as seen in the latest addition.


Comiskey Mining Services Business Development Manager Brendan Camilleri said the company had worked with Hastings Deering to improve the reliability and maintenance of machines within the series.


“Comiskey Mining has the largest privately owned fleet of 24M graders in the southern hemisphere, and the new 24 Grader introduces new technology which will benefit both the client and ourselves,” he said.


“It has a new ergonomic cab design for more operator comfort, and the higher horsepower engine is more reliable, with lower fuel consumption and longer engine life.”


Hastings Deering Sales Manager Jason Garea said from a mechanical point of view the new grader was an ideal machine. In addition, the structure of the new machine was considered to be sturdier, with a wider, heavy rear frame providing more ground pressure.


“The engine increases from the C18 six-cylinder to the powerful Cat C27 V12 ACERT engine,” he said.


“Coupled with an improved power train, the C27 provides a phenomenal 33 per cent additional machine life over 64,000 hours.”


Mr Garea said downtime was minimal for this machine, with it being 70 per cent faster compared to the previous model when it came to removal of the transmission and cooling package.


“Additionally, the new machine protection feature with centralised service points and extended service intervals saves up to 2400 servicing hours over a heavy workload of 64,000 hours,” he said.


“Innovative main-component modular design means parts can be removed and installed quicker and easier.”


Mr Camilleri said operating the new machines was made easier given support from Hastings Deering, resulting in high levels of productivity around the nation.


Image: The Cat 24 motor grader.