Hurricane™ 131+ BCM Record

The first Hurricane has now exceeded a staggering 131 million Bank Cubic Meters of digging.​


Bowen Basin, QLD, Australia

Coal Overburden

Digging Conditions
High Abrasion


Make & Model
2570 Class

The Challenge

In 2012, CR Powered by Epiroc delivered the first Hurricane to this leading dual dragline operation in Australia’s Bowen Basin, marking the first in a promising outlook of performance gains for this customer.​

An early adopter of CR technology, the 84m class Hurricane represented an incremental step forward over the existing fleet of conventional EarthEater™ buckets. Having optimized and proven the performance gains, CR has gone on to support the complete conversion to Hurricane buckets at this operation, which now operates a fleet of four.​

The Impact

The first Hurricane has now exceeded a staggering 131 million Bank Cubic Meters of digging.

Combined, the fleet of four Hurricane buckets has moved over 330 million BCM, which is more 130,000 Olympic swimming pools of material.​

Increased payload

  • No change in Total Suspended Load.​​
  • Up to 12% payload gain vs traditional options.​

Reduced fill time

  • Improved fill time and drag distance.​
  • 10% fill time improvement compared​ to conventional bucket geometry.​​
  • Maximized cycles per hour.​

Improved efficiency

  • Bucket payload efficiency 25% higher.​
  • More payload for less work and less capacity.​​
  • Reduced drag energy consumption by over 19%.

Reduced maintenance

  • Patented Cast Alloy space frame of the Hurricane is unmatched.
  • Campaign extensions of over 30%.




Dig Rate BCM/Hour


Payload Increase​


Seconds Faster Cycle Time​


More Swings per Hour​


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