Shantui's huge new SD90 bulldozer takes the firm into a new size class for these machines
Shantui is moving up the size class considerably with the unveiling of its latest bulldozer prototype, the massive SD90 model. Weighing in at some 105tonnes, this machine is the largest bulldozer ever produced in China and is powered by a 708kW Cummins QST30 diesel. It competes with the larger models in the market from its US and Japanese rivals and wields a 45m3 capacity blade. The prototype machine on show is one of a small number constructed and the production machines may feature a number of detail changes once they come to market. Shantui’s senior consultant for Global Marcoms, David Lightle said “We’re testing this machine now, which typically takes up to two years.”
Once the SD90 has completed its testing and goes into production, it will be offered initially in China and will then be made available on the global market place, with the firm expecting particular interest from customers in the Middle East and Africa.
The introduction of this machine is a major development for Shantui, showing the company is capable of building a much larger bulldozer and competing in a market segment where product quality is paramount to ensure machine uptime operational productivity. “The SD90 is a Chinese machine from top to bottom and the machine has several patented features.” And he explained, “It was developed as a result of requests from the African market.”
Productive and durable, the bulldozer is said to offer good pushing power into the dirt. A ripper is offered while customers can also choose from a list of other options as required.