France-based company ECD (Etude Conseil Démolition) has invested in a new Liebherr R 918 crawler excavator specifically for demolition work.

In addition to its R 924 and a R 944 C machines, the R 918 means the company now operates three Liebherr crawler excavators.

ECD, which has been in demolition for more than 15 years, works mainly in Paris.

As a result it needs a compact machine which is easy to transport for demolition work on inner city construction sites.

With a width of only 2.5 metres (3 ft 3 in) the Liebherr R 918 crawler excavator can be moved easily from one job-site to another without the need for special transport, a huge advantage for a company which works on several construction sites simultaneously.

The R 918 crawler excavator comes from the standard model series and was configured by Liebherr-France SAS to the customer's requirements.

“Liebherr really listened to what we wanted and adapted the excavator to our specific requirements,” said ECD president Etienne Dadou.

“The company adapted the R 918 to the particular demolition requirements right down to the very last detail. Liebherr was the only manufacturer able to implement the option to equip the excavator with a straight boom.”

The R 918 crawler excavator with an operating weight of around 21 t is equipped with a Liebherr diesel engine with a power rating of 95 kW or 129 hp and satisfies the emission standards of Stage IIIB

To increase the service life of the components, it is equipped with protective devices including various protectors on the uppercarriage, a swivel-mounted protective grid, fixtures for protecting the stick and the piston rod, as well as a reinforcement of the travel mechanism.

Special equipment, such as the FOPS protective grid, the ROPS cabin design, as well as an armoured windscreen and roof, guarantee the driver's safety.

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