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Komatsu’s GD955-7 grader has made its Australian debut in Mackay, Queensland, setting off on a mining roadshow across the country.

Built specifically for mining operations, the GD955-7’s blade up design allows for more efficient ground penetration.

Komatsu’s national mining product manager Michael Hall said the high-spec grader has been hotly anticipated by customers for some time.

“The GD955-7 is a ground-up designed mining grader. It can grade 33 per cent more area per hour than the previous model, with a standard 5.5m blade, or an optional 6.1m blade width for even more productivity,” he said.

“It also has the highest blade downforce in class and the highest engine power in class. It’s a durable machine designed for high-power grading.

“With large haul trucks on mining sites, graders need to be larger and be more productive to support them. The GD955 is well matched to larger haul trucks anywhere from 90 to over 240 tonnes, making it a great addition to mining fleets.”

The GD955 comes standard with Komatsu’s 360° camera system, KomVision, which houses a system of five cameras providing a view around the vehicle using the KomVision monitor, with an additional rear-view monitor for reversing and ripping operations.

“KomVision increases visibility for operators so they can get a full view of activity around the grader. The monitor informs them if another machine is approaching or in their line of movement, a great safety feature for busy mine sites,” Hall said.

“The GD955-7 is also 50 per cent heavier than the previous model, meaning it can more easily grade hard-packed road surfaces and take on more demanding jobs.”