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SmithCo Side Dump Mine Trailers Solve Global Mining Challenges

SmithCo mine trailers have been used in the mining industry for many years, running in all types of conditions ranging from desert heat to extreme arctic cold. SmithCo trailers have been designed for the around-the-clock operations that customers run, and bring their superior stability, faster cycle times and easier unloading to locations across the globe. Today, SmithCo mine trailers are hauling limestone, coal, iron ore, bauxite, copper concentrate and more

Mine Trailer Design

Our mine trailers are custom designed and built for specific applications, depending on the customer need. The tubs are sized to maximize payload, which is one reason mine trailers are much larger than any other kind of trailer we produce. We find our mine trailers are predominately used in off-road applications and can achieve payloads of up to 100 tons per trailer. For even larger hauls, mine trailers can be trained together to carry up to 200 tons per train, maximizing efficiencies and payloads.

SmithCo’s mine trailer components are engineered and specified for the toughest jobs and harshest environments. In our world-class manufacturing facility, our trailers are built to last using cutting-edge technology and the expertise of our highly trained staff.

Meeting the Challenges of Mining

One of the biggest challenges that mining companies face is figuring out how to transport materials from deposits that are more than five kilometers from the processing location. Traditional haul trucks do a great job of taking material out of the mine to the processing facility, but when the haul distance becomes too far, they become inefficient and costly. This longer distance application is where SmithCo mine trailers become more cost effective.

SmithCo mine trailers can haul materials longer distances to the processing facility at a much lower cost per ton than a standard haul truck. Trailers require smaller tractors and running gear, resulting in lower fuel demand, lower maintenance, and faster cycle times for long distance hauls. In addition to these operational savings, the narrow design of the trailer units reduces the footprint on the haul road. In general, mining regulations dictate that a haul road should be four times the width of the largest vehicle using the road, so using smaller units requires less road width—reducing the cost of development and maintenance of haul roads.

Customer Support

We are committed to supporting each one of our mine trailer operations, because we take customer success very seriously. As mining side dump experts, we know what will work and what won’t when it comes to design and operations.

We understand that the mining industry needs support after the sale as well to achieve success. SmithCo has demonstrated the ability and commitment to be there when our customers need help. Upfront parts and support planning for large operations is critical. Having the right parts on the shelf and replacements ordered in a timely manner can make a big difference to your operations. SmithCo’s dedicated staff will work with your planning group to develop long term solutions regardless of where your operation is in the world.

SmithCo mine trailers are changing the way that mines operate by providing custom solutions that simply can’t be achieved with traditional haul trucks. With superior durability and a low ton per mile cost, side dump trailers are an ideal choice for hauling your materials.

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