60 tonne long reach excavator with drill rig and mast attached to dipper arm. This weighs around 2 tonnes and the CAT 345 long reach handles this beautifully.
This 2 tonne rig is being used to drill rock anchors or nails into the embankment at depths over 12 metres. Wet weather led to a slope failure and the long reach excavator cut the slope to a new shallower profile and then installed the soil nails. This method of slope stabilisation can be a very effective solution with high levels of productivity. The long reach machine weighs around 60 tonnes.