Rig Source, Inc. launches new Terramac RT9 at MINExpo 2012
October 29, 2012 – ELBURN, Ill. — Rig Source Inc., based in Elburn, Ill., officially introduced its new Terramac RT9 rubber track multipurpose carrier to the mining industry at MINExpo International 2012. To broaden its customer base, Rig Source exhibited the new crawler carrier to over 50,000 attendees. The world-renowned expo covered more than 850,000 square feet and hosted over 1,800 exhibitors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 24 through 26.
The Terramac RT9 arrived at the expo with a Tiger crane and a 1,600 gallon water tank mounted on its back to demonstrate just a couple of the many attachment options. Many attendees were interested in the cab and carriage base unit in order to mount their own machines onto the carrier. The easy front and rear bolt-on attachments can accommodate a variety of needs and the pivot shaft blocks are also bolted on, rather than welded on. “We created the RT9 with versatility as a top priority. A customer can customize the RT9 direct from the factory,” said Mike Crimaldi, president of Rig Source and one of the creators of the Terramac line. “The ability to mount a variety of machines is the RT9’s core differentiator and strength.”
The CE-certified Terramac RT9 model is equipped with a 230 hp Cummins diesel engine. Although the carrier has an 18,000 pound (8,200 kg) carrying capacity, ground pressure when fully loaded is only 4.9 psi. The unit has rollover protective structure (ROPS) as well as falling object protective structure (FOPS) components. Open cab and closed cab options are available. The rubber track crawler carrier has a 17 foot, 7 inch overall length, 8 foot, 5 inch width and 9 foot, 3 inch height with 20-inch minimum ground clearance. The unit drives at 2.5 mph to 6 mph and has a 10-foot turning radius.
“A well-received feature of the new carrier is the ease of maintenance that was built into the design of the RT9,” said Matt Slater, Rig Source’s director of sales. “One customer told us, ‘Mike did not spare a detail’ meaning every possible feature for maintenance and ease of use was added to the RT9.” For example, the easily accessible ports allow technicians easy access to monitor pressure throughout the hydraulic system.
Support and availability of replacement parts were also appealing to MINExpo attendees. Service and parts are available through the Rig Source Inc. headquarters near Chicago.
Rig Source, currently the exclusive distributor of the new carrier, has already accepted sales and rental orders for the Terramac RT9. Rig Source does extensive business overseas, and Crimaldi noted that the Terramac would be available for those customers as well. International and national distributors and dealers also expressed interest in distributing the carrier around the world including Russia, Australia, Netherlands, South America, Canada and more.
Crimaldi was pleased with the turnout at MINExpo, “It was a great show,” he commented. “There were a lot of potential customers and possible strategic partnership opportunities. It was a great way for the mining, drilling and excavation markets to see the versatility and quality of the machine, and the major features that differentiate the Terramac RT9 from the other crawler carriers in the industry.”
For more information, please contact:
Monica Coenen, Marketing Director
Rig Source, Inc.
Matt Fueston, Public Relations Manager
Ellenbecker Communications, Inc.