Komatsu launches HM300 Tier 4 Final articulated dump truck

At CONEXPO 2014, Komatsu announced the release of its Tier 4 Final articulated dump truck offering 325 hp.


Komatsu America Corp. introduces the HM300 Tier 4 Final articulated dump truck.  With a net 325 hp (242 kW), the HM300 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engines are built on a solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s Tier 1 engines. The resulting benefit today is a Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering a more environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.

With a 30.9 US ton (28 metric ton) payload and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 117,881 lbs. (53,470 kg), the HM300 maintains the productivity and performance of the previous model, yet with improved fuel efficiency, delivering what customers expect from Komatsu articulated dump trucks.

The HM300 is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX remote monitoring technology with data access via the web or via KOMTRAX Mobile on your smart phone.  In addition to providing data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KOMTRAX has been further enhanced to monitor AdBlue/DEF levels, ambient air temperatures and pressures. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators.  A new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps improve operating costs by reducing unnecessary idle time.

Key features of the HM300 Tier 4 Final include:

Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Final Emission Certified Engine – Productive, Dependable, Efficient
Komatsu’s EPA Tier 4 Final engines are built on the strength of its proven Tier 4 Interim foundation. By integrating Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR), the Tier 4 Final engine further reduces NOx emissions using AdBlue/DEF. The Komatsu Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimize performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. The result is lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve for more precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life.

To ensure product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software which is critical to the effective operation of the aftertreatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s standard telematics system.

Efficient Operation
The HM300 features the Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS). The K-TCS automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions.  As ground conditions worsen and tire slippage is detected by the speed sensors located on four wheels, automatic application of the inter-axle differential lock occurs. If tire slippage continues to be detected, then four independent brakes can be applied to slipping wheels to regain traction. 

The HM300 is enhanced with K-ATOMiCS—Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System. K-ATOMiCS offers a six-speed, fully-automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cutoff to improve operator and engine efficiency. It automatically selects the ideal gear based on vehicle speed, engine rpm and the shift position chosen. This results in powerful acceleration, smooth down- shifting and synchronized engine speed when climbing slopes. This ultimately minimizes operator fatigue, keeps the load in the body and increases productivity.

A large automatic retarder allows the operator to select the optimum operating speed on downhill travel and fully loaded hauls, eliminating acceleration generated by the grade of the slope.

High Productivity
Through body design optimization the HM300 features increased body capacity and payload.  The low 9’2” (2820mm) loading height easily matches with 30-ton to 60-ton hydraulic excavators or 5 yd³ to 7.5 yd³ wheel loaders. In addition, the two single-staged body lift cylinders provide a 70-degee dump angle.

Additionally the selectable working modes allow the operator to choose between Economy and Power modes to tailor the machine performance to the application or job site working conditions.

Operator Environment
The large design cab provides a comfortable and quiet work environment so operators can maximize their productivity.  The ROPS/FOPS Level 2 certified cab features a new designed rounded front dash panel with easy to reach switches.  The center mounted high back, heated air ride seat with 3-point seat belt provides the operator with excellent visibility during operation.  The dashboard and front console provide easy access to all machine controls as well as visibility to the monitor panel.  An auxiliary input has also been added to connect an MP3 player or other device along with two 12V ports that have also been incorporated into the cab.

A high resolution 7 in. LCD monitor features enhanced capabilities and displays information in 25 languages for global support.  Through the monitor, the operator can easily modify settings for items such as the Auto Idle Shutdown or the auto-reversing fan, check operational records, such as driving history or fuel consumption, monitor the KDPF or check how much time is required before the next maintenance interval.  The monitor also offers the operator the option of using the ECO Guidance function, which will provide operational tips to reduce fuel consumption.  A rear view monitor system with a separate 7 in. LCD monitor is standard with every machine and is mounted on the right hand side of the console for operator convenience.

Convenient Maintenance and Serviceability
The HM300 provides easier service access in order to reduce costly downtime.  The new model features a light-weight fiberglass engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven auto-reversing fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. 

The machine is equipped with the exclusive Komatsu EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System), which has enhanced diagnostic features that give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.  EMMS also continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimize diagnosis and repair time. 

All Komatsu Tier 4 machines come with Komatsu CARE. Komatsu CARE provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first three (3) years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first.) It also includes a 50-point inspection at each service and two complimentary KDPF exchanges in the first five (5) years.