An International Specialist Underground Mining Contractor reported experiencing premature failure of their Caterpillar R2900 Loader Bucket Stops – Part 233-0734. They were lasting 48 hours (4 shifts) at best and just 12 hours (1 shift) at worst in an underground copper mine environment.
Geographe reverse engineered an OEM Bucket Stop to understand the product materials and build structure. A longer lasting product with superior impact and abrasion properties was created which in field trials demonstrated more than 10 times the lifespan of the equivalent OEM part. The Geographe Bucket Stops (Part 11539297) lasted well over 420 hours and offered our client a cost per unit price saving as well as significantly lowering the R2900 fleet total cost of ownership through increased machine uptime.