McCloskey’s all-terrain stackers switch from track to radial in seconds

All-terrain stackers

McCloskey’s new All-Terrain Stackers blend the benefits of onsite track mobility with the high productivity of a radial conveyor.

The All-Terrain Stackers allow the conveyor to switch from track mode to radial in seconds.

Designed for use in any terrain, the stackers — ranging from 18 metres to 46 metres — are able to be moved from site-to-site without the need to remove the wheels for transport.

As well, built-in levelling indicators allow operators to position the stacker regardless of the ground evenness, with independent hydraulic jack legs to stabilize once it’s in place.

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“Helping customers achieve greater production levels is what drives us to design and manufacture innovative products,” said Paschal McCloskey, president and CEO of McCloskey International.

“This patent pending design evolved from watching and listening to the customers’ challenges when stockpiling material in a variety of conditions and locations. We will continue to look at developing new products to meet these unique challenges around the globe.”

Historically, tracked radial stackers offered on the market have been focused on a track bogie under the hopper. While this allows mobility, it also creates an obstacle for the stacker during operation with buildup and spillage of material blocking the tracks. The configuration raises the height of the stacker so that additional transfer conveyors are often required.

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The McCloskey design eliminated the need for any additional equipment, delivering a clean radius without material buildup.

The stackers feature a unique rear counterweight that counter balances the tracks and wheels, which are behind the stacker’s centre of gravity. The design enables a much higher stockpile capacity, with the radial wheels set well back. The rear counterweight also firmly anchors the tail end during radial mode, delivering greater stability to the stacker while in operation.

The McCloskey All-Terrain Stackers standard features include; tires with aggressive-tread patterns for more traction in tough terrain; a hydraulic raise/lower arm allows the conveyor to switch from track to radial mode in seconds; and a level gauge to allow for operation on uneven ground.

The stackers are also equipped with internal wheel drive motors for radial travel.

The McCloskey design allows for the stacker’s wheels to be folded for transport, delivering portability for operators moving from site-to-site.