All-new design ups safety, comfort and performance in a 3.5t-capacity machine
Mecalac has announced the launch of its all-new 3.5MDX cabbed site dumper, a 3.5t capacity machine designed as new from the ground up to enhance performance, safety and comfort in its MDX range.
According to a statement from the manufacturer, the new model is available with either a front tip skip or a swivel tip skip with 180-degree rotation for precise lateral unloading without manoeuvres. The 3.5MDX is also designed with an articulated and oscillating chassis for easier manoeuvrability and off-road capability.
The new model has an operating weight of 2990kg, length of 3.8m, width of 1.9m and height of 2.8m, making it compact and manoeuvrable for carrying high payloads in confined spaces and for a variety of applications.
The 3.5MDX uses high and low range gearing for both forward and reverse, as well as permanent hydrostatic four-wheel drive. Mecalac says that this means operators have torque on demand to effortlessly move loads in even the most challenging site conditions. This, combined with a maximum travel speed of 20kph makes the unit quick and easy to move around site. Power comes from a Stage V-compliant Kubota D1803 1.8L turbocharged 3-cylinder diesel engine, delivering 50hp at 2700rpm and a peak torque of 150.5Nm at 1600rpm.
Operator comfort is enhanced with Mecalac’s MDX cab, which has optional air-conditioning to improve operator well-being in all weather conditions. Like all MDX models, the unique isolated cabin layout minimises vibration and noise, while ergonomic controls and an adjustable seat provide a relaxed environment when working for extended periods, said the manufacturer.
Alongside featuring front and rear LED work lights as standard, the fully enclosed cab provides class-leading operator visibility thanks to large, glazed areas and a curved windscreen. With safety prioritised throughout the design process, Mecalac said the cabbed dumper incorporates MDX design characteristics, resulting in easier and safer access to the machine thanks to high visibility and easy reach steps and handrails, as well as an excellent engine access enabling all servicing operations from ground level.
Operator protection is further enhanced in any situation with the certified ROPS/FOPS MDX cab, additionally designed and tested by Mecalac to withstand impacts while loading the dumper skip. For additional safety, the 3.5MDX features Shield – Mecalac’s package of safety-critical operator features – as standard. Key technologies include start and drive interlock, handbrake warning, digital speedometer, fuel loss warning sensor, automatic idle shut-off, park brake test and Stop-Start Control. All Shield safety features are adjustable to suit different applications where these are not required. The new 3.5MDX is the latest addition to Mecalac’s MDX range, which also includes the 6t 6MDX and 9t 9MDX.