Sending the world’s first excavator bucket to Coppabella is BAE business development manager Bill Johnson, L&H; managing director Marty Simpson and BAE engineering manager Mick Daly.
Sending the world’s first excavator bucket to Coppabella is BAE business development manager Bill Johnson, L&H; managing director Marty Simpson and BAE engineering manager Mick Daly.

Bucket built for biggest of burdens

IT is big, bold and the first of its kind.

A giant orange 19.5-tonne excavator bucket, a new innovation built by Mackay engineering company BAE Engineering and Solar, made its way from Paget to Coppabella last week.

Manager Mick Daly said L&H Australia contracted BAE Engineering to build the new design in early May for use at Macarthur Coal’s Coppabella mine site.

“The concept for the L&H Omega Bucket was developed by L&H Australia and its engineering design team in the USA, which has over 40-years of bucket design technology in its organisation,” Mr Daly said.

The bucket took six weeks to manufacture. Mr Daly said the concept would be ground-breaking for mining operations.

“This new design is light-weight compared to traditional buckets and has the capacity to move 40 tonne of overburden per load,” Mr Daly said. “With the lightweight concept more dirt can be moved, improving mine site production.”

Mr Daly said orders had been made and would keep the team at BAE Engineering extremely busy.


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