Meet the Dig This Invercargill Fleet
- 3 October 2017
Many of you already know that Transport World is made of two museums, Bill Richardson Transport World and Classic Motorcycle Mecca. But did you know that we recently opened up a brand new attraction? Dig This Invercargill is New Zealand’s (and the Southern Hemisphere’s) only heavy machinery attraction. Dig This Invercargill continues to build on Transport World’s vision to create a world-class destination for motoring buffs and anyone interested in transport. It also supports Transport World’s goal to see Invercargill’s tourism product continue to flourish and grow.
But this is a blog about vehicles, so without further ado, let’s get into the vehicles we have at Dig This Invercargill!
What do we have? We have five different kinds of machinery: bulldozers, compact track loads, mini diggers, and big diggers. The fleet is made of over 10 pieces of Caterpillar machinery. New machinery, which is a first for Transport World!
Firstly we have two new bulldozers. Technically a bulldozer is a crawler (continuous tracked tractor) with a blade used to push large quantities of soil, sand, rubble, or other material. The two bulldozers we have are slightly different sizes. The ‘big’ bulldozer D5K is a nine ton brute, while the second ‘little’ D4K bulldozer is just eight tons. Both are terrifying to be in while teetering on top of a mound of dirt. Their engines are 4.4L diesel, turbocharged machines. The 105mm bore and 127mm stroke tune creates 96hp @ 2,200rpm. Easily enough power to push huge tyres around a slalom course at Dig This Invercargill. The tricky part is getting the blade angle right!
Caterpillar Compact Track Loads
These little machines are loads and loads of fun! Also known as skid steer loaders or Caterpillar 259Ds. Zippy wee things, they are the most agile of the machines. They can spin on the spot, giving you the feeling of complete control and power that the other huge machines may not offer (unless you can get the hang of the in, out, left, right controls of the digger!). The 3.3L turbocharged diesel engine can generate speeds up to 14kmh, which when compared to the digger (5kmh) is a really impressive speed!
Caterpillar Mini Diggers
It is important that these Mini Diggers are not underestimated. They may be ‘mini’ but they can still dig an extraordinary 3 meters into the ground. They have the smallest engines of the lot: just 1.1L, creating 17.7hp at 2,200rpm. Still enough to lift 440kgs of dirt in the air!
Caterpillar Small Diggers
These middle ground digger lets you pick up huge tyres with ease. They are 5 tons worth of machine with 2.4L engines that produce 40.2hp. They are very easy and comfortable to use, with automatic engine idle, two speed travel (up to speeds of 4.4kmph) and a digging range of 3.6m. These diggers won’t disappoint at all.
Caterpillar Big Diggers
We have saved the biggest for last. These diggers are a whopping 15 ton. A 4.2L turbocharged engine creates 90 net horsepower, giving the big digger the ability to dig up to 5.3m down with ease. If down isn’t enough, the bucket can go 8.5 meters in the air - imagine the waterfall of dirt raining down from that height.
Unlike Bill Richardson Transport World or Classic Motorcycle Mecca, you can actually drive these machines! Head over to Dig This and book a go! The sessions are fully instructed with heaps of fun activities (and thrills!)