Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

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Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #1 by Shovelman » Tue Jul 21, 2015 12:24 am

I know this unit is on the small side of the mining spectrum, but it's been a while since anything was posted to this topic. All though there are no external markings, it is S/N 6015B004. It was somewhat close to me for a two-week production study. Sorry for no photos of it working, but they were not permitted by the company hosting the study.

In my opinion it looks like a modded 5110B, but the corporate Caterpillar guys insist it's "all new".

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #2 by Jeremy Rowland » Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:44 am

John it certainly stands a good chance of being modelled on the old 5110B it would be a logical progression; thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #3 by SRB » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:12 am

It is "all" new, however the upper frame is based on the 5110B.
Should be a welcome update to the RH40E / 6015 which hasn't been updated - apart from a different colour paint and engine - since around 1994.

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #4 by Dah » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:28 pm

Is this due to completely replace the old O&K RH40 design?

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #5 by bigkit » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:39 pm

Great pics, thanks. :thumbup:


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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #6 by SRB » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:02 am

Hi Dave,

Yes its a complete ground up redesign of the RH40 which compared to the competition is a bit of a dinosaur.

The 6020B is a fresh design also pitched at the PC2000 & EX1800 market, it will be released later this year.

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #7 by Dah » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:48 am

Thanks SB - very interesting!

I wonder to what extent the old O&K designers were involved in this development (big change in design for them) - or was it designed by CAT in the US?

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #8 by SRB » Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:29 pm

Hi Dave,

USA design, same same as 6020B.

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #9 by Dah » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:26 pm

I'm surprised in a way because when cat stopped making the 5130 and 5230 I thought the strategy was to buy-in the o&k designs instead of in-house development.

Maybe it was the larger machine designs (RH120-400) that they wanted?

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Re: Caterpillar 6015B field follow unit

Post #10 by bigkit » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:35 pm

:?: My understanding was that they quit the big excavator market because their share was too small to justify the R and D and manufacturing costs. The later acquisition of O and K was a good move because they bought a going concern with popular and saleable products already in the market place with all of the back room stuff to boot! Shrewd I'd say. :thumbup:

Just my view? :dizzy:


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