Komatsu Mining has released its “next generation” in
mining shovels, the PC7000, a 700 tonne class machine
available in face shovel and backhoe configurations.
It is matched to plus-200 tonne trucks such as
Komatsu’s 830E, 860E and 930E haul units.
The Komatsu PC7000 is designed to meet the mining
industry’s requirements for high productivity and offers
lowest cost per ton in its class.
With Komatsu customers’ requirements clearly de-
fined, the development of the Komatsu PC7000 began.
Komatsu designed this 677 ton machine with the aim
to create the safest and highest performing shovel in its
Powered by two 1250 kW diesel engines the shovel
can lift a 36 m³ (47 yd³) front shovel bucket. Adapting
to different mining approaches and circumstances,
Komatsu also provides, as an option, backhoe attach-
ments with a 36 m³ (47 yd³) bucket and an electric drive
By design, the shovel perfectly matches 240 to 290
short ton trucks such as the Komatsu 830E and Komatsu
860E. Operators will experience improved ease when
digging and bucket filling as Komatsu reviewed both the
bucket design and hydraulic layout.
With the new open circuit, hydraulic system the
shovel swings faster and penetrates the material
Reduced maintenance time, thanks to increased
width of walkways and repositioning of major service
points for easier access, was taken into account when
scheming the shovel. Komtrax Plus, the latest Komatsu
machine monitoring system, is installed on the machine
and lets customers check the operating status of their
Continuing to improve machine and human safety,
Komatsu developed a new safety concept for this new
machine. The Komatsu PC7000 is equipped with an il-
luminated 45° primary access and egress stairway.
In case of emergency, a solid anti-slip, flip-down
ladder provides secure egress from the cab and machin-
ery house. In addition, Komatsu has upgraded the light
arrangements to LED technology for brighter and safer
service and operation.
The PC7000 (diesel drive variant) power is from two Tier
2-rated Komatsu SSDA16V159E-2 engines, rated at 2500
Crawler assembly overall length is 10,500 mm ; track
pad width, 1500/1900 mm; maximum travel speed, 2.5
km/h; bucket capacity (backhoe and front shovel) 36 m³
at 1.8 tonnes/m³ material density; backhoe bucket break-
out force, 1671 kN; front shovel bucket breakout force,
1994 kN; operating weight, 682 tonnes (backhoe) and
674 tonnes (front shovel).
Komatsu PC7000 next-
generation mining shovel
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