Dressta Dominates in Yakutia diamond mines

Dressta Dominates

in Yakutia Diamond mines

Dressta Dominates

Dressta Crawler Dozers were specified to conquer the extreme temperatures at a Siberian diamond mining project. The machines’ durability and versatility made them the ideal fit for the ALROSA Corporation diamond mining organisation.

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TD 15M Arctic version 2 Alrosa

TD 15M Arctic version Alrosa

Yakutia in Siberia is one of the most climatically and environmentally challenging regions on the planet. In winter, temperatures fall as low as -60°C; in summer they rise as high as 40°C. The impact this has on machinery and the terrain would seemingly make it inaccessible for vehicular expedition. But in a region that supplies up to 27% of worldwide demand for diamonds, that does not deter human and mechanical endeavour.

For a project between 2012 and 2014, ALROSA Corporation – a world leader in the diamond mining industry – was supplied with six ‘Arctic Version’ Dressta TD-15M Extra Crawler Dozers to perform various tasks in these harsh conditions.

The dozers were assigned for new diamond and ore deposit exploratory operations. They were employed as towing tractors to move heavy sledges with geographical equipment essential to the production process, including drillers, power generators, fuel tanks, service platforms and portable cabins. Upon arrival at the test spots, the dozers were used to clear ground, remove trees and level the area.

To fulfil these requirements flawlessly in -60° winter temperatures, the TD-15M’s specially implemented arctic features were essential:


A series of heaters were necessary to prepare the machines before use in the sub-zero temperatures. A small hydronic diesel oil heater was installed in the engine compartment to sufficiently warm the engine before use, as well as a separate system for heating the hydraulic and engine oil, engine coolant and battery box. To prevent wax solidification and ice formation in the fuel tank, an additional fuel tank and filter heating system was installed.

With all the heaters running 2-3 hours before use, the TD-15M’s could operate continuously without trouble.


Ensuring the machine was ready for the challenge was one thing, but the operator’s comfort was of equal importantance. To withstand the freezing ambient temperatures and blizzard conditions, the operator’s cab was equipped with double glazed windows, and outer thermal protection was implemented to prevent cold air entering the cab through radiator louvres.

Additionally, steering levers were installed instead of joysticks to facilitate precise machine operation for the operator wearing large, heavy gloves.


For this operation, the dozers were equipped with 5.23m³ blades to efficiently clear paths of arduous materials and to prepare the expedition sites for mining operations. A special towing system & hook with hi grade steel winch cable  were included for transporting the sledges, ensuring a smooth passage of all the equipment to the sites.

The unrelenting performance of the Dressta TD-15M Crawler Dozers was key to ALROSA Corporation’s successful exploratory mining operations. By listening to the demands of the project and modifying the machines to the conditions, Dressta helped to ensure that project workers had the optimal equipment for the task at hand.

Available Models

Optimal power to weight ratio for unrivalled traction & drawbar pull…

The TD-15M Extra sets the standards for others to follow and is a result of DRESSTA’s experience in designing highly efficient and productive Crawler Dozers. 

Design concepts utilised in the TD-15M Extra include, optimisation of weight distribution, modular construction, and use of a one-piece main frame, two-speed Steering Drive and a 3-point track mounting system. Optimal performance is achieved when machine weight is matched to power and the TD-15M Extra provides a second-to-none balance of weight for traction and power for unrivalled drawbar pull.


Key Specifications

Engine Manufacturer / Model / Tier Cummins/QSC 8.3/T3
Displacement 8.3 l 506.5 in3
Rated Speed 1950 RPM
Engine Output - Net 142 kW 190 hp
Rated Speed - Torque 1450 RPM
Engine Torque 1010 Nm 744.9 lb/ft
Transmission Type - Fwd Rev Speeds Powershift - 6/6
Carrier Rollers / Track Rollers 2/6
Shoe Pitch 203 mm 8.0 in
Track Shoe Width 508 mm 20.0 in
Ground Contact Area 27000 cm2 4,185.0 in2
Number of Shoes 39
Fuel Tank 388 l 102.5 Gal(US)
Hydraulic Tank 60 l 15.9 Gal(US)
Blade Capacity 5.7 m3 7.5 yd3
Height Top of ROPS (Max) 3450 mm 135.8 in
Width - Over Tracks 2440 mm 96.1 in
Track Length - On Ground 2640 mm 103.9 in
Blade Width 3440 mm 135.4 in
Speed Forward - Maximum 10.2 km/h 6.3 MPH
Speed Reverse - Maximum 11.9 km/h 7.4 MPH
Ground Bearing Pressure 75.4 kPa 10.9 psi
Drawbar Pull Maximum 580 kN 130.4 lbf
Implement Pump Flow 173 l/min 6.1 cfm
Operating Weight
Operating Weight 20660 kg 45,547.4 lb

Features & Benefits


  • Standard Semi-U Blade design combines the penetration ability of a straight blade with the increased capacity provided by short wings. It is used for heavy duty applications such as mining and road construction.
  • Angle Blade with tilt is ideal for side casting, backfilling, cutting ditches or setting a final grade by reducing the amount of manoeuvering required to do these jobs.
SAE J1265
5.7 m3
(7.45 yd3)
3.8 m3
(5.0 yd3)

Adjustable parallelogram multi-shank ripper offers excellent 455 mm (17.9”) penetration in extremely tough materials and can be used with up to 3 shanks adjusted to two vertical positions. The single shank ripper option offers a deeper penetration of 713 mm (28”).

The TD-15M Extra is powered by a diesel engine that delivers outstanding power & torque;

  • Heavy Duty Cummins QSC 8.3 litre Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA Diesel Engine.
  • Direct injection, in-line, 6 cylinder, 4 stroke, turbocharged & Charge Air Cooled (CAC) engine developing 142 kW (190 hp) Net at rated engine speed of 1950 rpm

Transmission system that automatically matches speed to load conditions for optimal push power, preventing driveline shock, multiplying the torque required while delivering 6 forward and 6 reverse speeds.

  • Torque Converter
  • 3-Speed Powershift Transmission
  • 2-Speed Steering Drive
  • Double reduction Final Drive

The modular design drivetrain incorporates the engine, torque converter, transmission, steering drive and final drives. Components can be easily removed & re-fitted without oil loss ensuring maximum machine uptime.

A proven design multiple pump system & high capacity hydraulic reservoir for improved cooling. Hose & tube routings are accessible and yet well protected to prevent accidental damage. Trimble ready option is available on factory build orders.

Two-speed steering module on Dressta dozers maintains power to both tracks – at all times. You get the benefit of vastly improved traction to push loads effortlessly through turns, quickly and smoothly.

Deluxe 6-sided ROPS / FOPS Cab with enlarged glass area provides a clear and direct line of sight to both the blade and ripper. The comfortable, sound-suppressed, pressurised cab is equipped with:

  • Efficient air recirculation system
  • Air conditioner & heater with multiple vents
  • Deluxe air suspension seat with adjustable arm rests. The seat swivels 14 degrees to the right for better ripper viewing
  • Ergonomically designed joystick controls for direction, blade and ripper operations.

DRESSTA Mainframe and Track frame system ensures excellent machine balance for dozing, ripping, or final grading applications.

  • Mainframe – a one-piece weldment consisting of the front frame, rear frame, and equaliser bar. The rugged design of the mainframe absorbs impact shock loads and twisting forces to ensure a long life.
  • High quality sealed and lifetime lubricated track rollers
  • Heavy-duty idlers and track tensioners

Tracks – High quality durable tracks for tough working conditions;

  • Track Chain - Links made of drop forged steel alloy and strutted to resist twisting and working stresses.
  • Track Shoes - Wide range of track shoe widths helps to match TD-15M Extra perfectly to all types of ground conditions.
  • Dressta Lubricated Track System (LTS)

Track Chain Guides and Track Roller Guards – Track chain guides are standard equipment and full length track roller guards are optional.

Suspension System – 3-point suspension system consisting of two pivot shafts and equaliser bar.