The boot end houses the tail pulley of the maingate conveyor and provides the belt with the facility to align itself with the rest of the conveyor outbye. Using a series of hydraulically powered jacks the Longwall boot end has several degrees of freedom to provided accurate alignment abilities.
The Longwall boot end also provides a working platform, such that, conveyor structure can be removed without interrupting the maingate belt drive. The aim of the working platform is to provide no stoppages during conveyor structure removal.
The Longwall boot end is also operational without the platform attachment, and can be used in the conventional structure by structure removal as done previously with prior boot end assemblies.