Demolition and earthmoving specialist Helfaut Travaux has upgraded its machine fleet with the new Liebherr R 960 Demolition crawler excavator.

The excavator, launched at Intermat 2015 in Paris, is one of the major new offers from Liebherr’s Colmar factory in France.

Helfaut Travaux used the excavator to demolish a silo near the French town of Frévent.

The manufacturer said that when selecting the machine Helfaut Travaux was impressed by both its extensive reach and Liebherr’s demolition expertise and experience.

The machine purchased by Helfaut Travaux is the first R 960 Demolition in operation anywhere in the world.

With an output of 240 kW/326 hp and an operating weight of approximately 93 t, the excavator complies with the applicable Stage IV/Tier 4f emissions standards.

The R 960 Demolition supersedes the previous model, the R 954 C Demolition, and provides working heights of up to 33 m (108 ft). With the R 960, tool attachments with a weight of up to 3.5 t can be used and a high break-out force can be achieved.

Standard equipment is the Liebherr Demolition Control System (LDC), which gives the operator information about the precise position of the demolition tool , safeguarding the stability of the excavator.

The R 960 Demolition crawler excavator opens up new markets for Helfaut Travaux, as the old demolition excavator with large boom only reached a demolition height of 28 m (91 ft 10 in), while the new excavator can reach up to 33 m.

“With this excavator, there is also no need for two lots of work tools as these can be used with a short and a long boom”, said Helfaut Travaux managing directo Pascal Cochet.

The company will make its new acquisition, along with a driver-operator, available to its customers in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region with rental conditions arranged individually according to the deployment site.

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