Slot Cutters

Slot Cutters | Chainsaw Mining Machines | Chainsaw Trenchers

A specialized vehicle in the NPK mining equipment product line, the Paus Slot Cutter, or Chainsaw Trencher, carves tension relief slots into the roof or mine floor to minimize bed convergence and in tunnel construction to improve gallery safety and impact resistance.  


In addition, the PLS 10 Slot Cutter is fitted with a dozer blade to push falling rock to the side during operation.

  • Hydrostatic all-wheel drive loader vehicle with rubber tires.
  • Powerful and exceptionally maneuverable.
  • Rapid transfer to different work sites.
  • Driver's cabin with protective roof and roll-bar.
  • 180° rotatable seat and dual driver's platform, as well at monitoring equipment for forward and reverse travel.
  • 76 kW diesel engine for transport.
  • 30 kW electric motor for cutting, with optional explosion protection.
  • Equipped with a 985 foot motor cable reel.
  • With the dual rotary mechanism, slots can be cut to a nominal depth of 6 feet and a thickness of 6 inches at any point on the tunnel cross-section.
  • Hydraulically enhanced articulation.



Slot Cutter Operation Videos  Slot Cutter Photo Galleries  Slot Cutter Publications


Visit and subscribe to NPK's YouTube channel for a video of mine slot cutters in action!  

Visit NPK's photo website for searchable chainsaw trencher photo galleries!

Visit the Slot Cutter Publications page for sales brochures.


Visit the chainsaw mining machine model page below for additional images and specifications.

Image Model Cutter Bar Length Cutter Width
PLS 10
PLS 10 8' 6"