The CL-150 MK3 is high-end weaponry for a miner that needs both self-defense, mining efficiency, and doesn't want to keep kicking the ore he frees into space at hundreds of meters per second. While the force with which it breaks ice apart does impart more force to freed minerals, it's still very little compared to mass driver bullets, and it sears through ice much faster than the microwave emitter.

In combat usage, it can be highly damaging and causes thermal damage. Thrusters that you hit to fire, resulting in a potential loss of control for the ship on the receiving end of your fire. The thermal damage can also push their reactor heat beyond its limits, causing it to go critical if you can keep focus on the reactor long enough. Though mass drivers are probably more threatening, this weapon is still capable in combat, and still has the potential to destroy a ship single-handedly.