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New ST700 Scooptram Launched in Las Vegas

(Portland, Oregon USA) Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. introduced its high tech ST700 Scooptram LHD to the world at MINExpo International 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 9-12. The ST700 is a new load-haul-dump vehicle for the underground mining and construction industries.

“This is a new generation machine that is intended to be the successor to our ST-3.5 LHD- the Scooptram that has served the mining and construction industry for almost 25 years,” said Brian Mayers, small Scooptram product manager for Atlas Copco Wagner. “The ST700 offers increased capacity, improved driver comfort, and technological advances that reduce maintenance and downtime.”

The ST700 boasts a higher tramming capacity—6.5 tonnes—than the ST-3.5 and its state-of-the-art electronics and Z-bar front-end design combine to make the ST700 capable of providing true one-pass loading.

“The front end design enables the operator to penetrate a muck pile more aggressively and emerge with a full bucket on the first attempt,” said Mayers.
“The new design combined with the increased capacity add up to higher productivity. And that means the ST700 should lead to increased profitability,” Mayers added.

Though high tech, the ST700 is easy to maintain and has a built-in diagnostic system that helps reduce downtime when troubleshooting or servicing. The vehicle’s electronically controlled engine and transmission work in unison to react quickly to any changes in the operating environment. Automated shifting reduces wear and tear on the drive train and programmable safety features prolong the life of the transmission. Hydraulic components are centrally located and easy to access. The easy-to-remove split cap pin retention system secures all pin connections, speeding up bucket removal or cylinder replacement and maintenance.

The ST700 also features a totally redesigned ergonomic operator’s compartment which provides extra leg and shoulder room. The vehicle’s lower engine height and high-intensity lights provides better visibility for the operator. Single-lever dump and hoist control and push-button gear selection allow the operator to concentrate on digging and navigating, rather than fumbling for controls. Both the standard canopy and optional enclosed cabin meet the world’s toughest safety requirements.

“The ST700 is the result of listening to our customers and using their input to help us continually improve the performance and reliability of our vehicles,” Mayers said.

Major options for the ST700 include an enclosed, air-conditioned cabin, an automated lubrication system, an extended data gauge package, Ansul fire suppression system and a remote control package.

The ST700 enters the underground mining and construction industry with a great heritage. Wagner built more than 1000 of the Wagner ST-3.5 Scooptrams have been built since its introduction in 1977. Some miners have called the ST-3.5 “a muckers best friend.” Others have called it “the best LHD ever manufactured by anyone.”

The ST-3.5 Scooptram has been sold in almost every country where highly reliable, mid-size loaders were required for use in mines and on underground civil construction projects: from the Philippines’ San Roque Multi-Purpose Dam Project to Norilsk in Russia; from Canada to South Africa. That’s the heritage of the ST700. Atlas Copco Wagner has already booked orders for the ST700 in the U.S., Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Peru, and Mexico.

Product specification brochures in English and Spanish can be obtained by writing the company, or contacting an Atlas Copco Sales Company, or one of Wagner’s independent dealers or distributors. Abbreviated versions of the specifications are available on Atlas Copco Wagner’s Web site:

Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a worldwide supplier of four-wheel drive diesel and electric-powered articulated underground mining and construction vehicles, including Scooptrams and mine trucks. The company manufactures more than 40 standard LHDs and trucks, as well as specialty haulage vehicles for coal mines.

Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. is a company within the Atlas Copco Group. Atlas Copco AB is an international group of industrial companies with its head office in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1999, the group had revenues of more than $4.2 billion, with 97 percent of company revenues received from outside of Sweden, and more than 26,000 employees. Nearly 50 percent of the company’s revenues were from North American operations. Atlas Copco companies develop, manufacture, and market electric and pneumatic tools; compressed air equipment; construction as well as surface and underground mining equipment; assembly systems; and offers related service and equipment rentals.

Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. can be contacted at 4424 NE 158th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97230-4999 USA. For more information, contact Atlas Copco Wagner Inc. at 503-255-2863, fax to 503-251-3014, contact any of the company’s worldwide dealers, the nearest Atlas Copco Sales Company, or visit their Web site at