Ideal for quarrying solid rock

Liebherr R 980 SME excavator

Through its local distributor, SOMTP Brittany, Liebherr delivered its first R 980 SME with bottom dump shovel in France in 2021. This is the largest member of the range developed and manufactured by Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar. Versatile and comfortable, this model has already won over Traineau, a long-standing Liebherr customer. It offers both high-level performance and efficiency, thanks to its special attachment.

  1 With a total production of around 800 000 tonnes of aggregate a year, Traineau seems more than satisfied with the R 980 SME excavator and its bottom dump shovel
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1 With a total production of around 800 000 tonnes of aggregate a year, Traineau seems more than satisfied with the R 980 SME excavator and its bottom dump shovel
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The Liebherr R 980 SME excavator with bottom dump shovel is in use at Traineau’s granite-quarrying operation at Aizenay in the Vendée department in western France. Ideal for quarrying solid rock, this excavator provides an optimal view of the hopper thanks to its 1.20 m fixed cab elevation. Equipped with a bottom dump shovel, this excavator is a strong performer, with a different way of working from a classic backhoe bucket, explains excavator driver Cédric Di Gallo. The R 980 SME excavator enables very rapid operational cycles, thus increasing efficiency and productivity.

 

Putting the accent on comfort and safety

In addition to the cab elevation, access to the excavator is improved by a retractable ladder, widened access walkways and a hand rail all along the uppercarriage to assure safe and easy access for the operator and maintenance personnel. These access features were developed for Liebherr mining excavators. Access points are also equipped with timed LED lighting which enables safer access at the start of a shift or at the end of the day.

  2 Featuring a bottom dump shovel attachment, this R 980 SME excavator is the first of its type to be delivered in France
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2 Featuring a bottom dump shovel attachment, this R 980 SME excavator is the first of its type to be delivered in France
© Liebherr

This excavator offers a very high level of comfort: with electric joysticks, shovel flap opening via the joystick and semi-automatic flap closing, the seat suspension, and soundproofing inside and out, the R 980 SME can truly be said to provide the ultimate in flexibility and ergonomic design.

 

The bottom dump shovel that comes with the excavator was developed and manufactured by Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar. With 5.1 m³ capacity, this bottom dump shovel is supplied with a level 3 wear package kit (the highest level) to withstand the abrasiveness of the materials it handles. In this configuration, the bucket weighs in at 11 000 kg. The bucket’s delta blade guarantees optimum penetration into mined materials, even when they are tightly bound to each other.

 

An excavator tailored to the customer’s needs

Traineau opted for the Liebherr R 980 SME excavator because this model is especially well suited to our customer’s granite quarrying operation. The 104 tonne excavator is used for the various operating phases: rock sorting, rock crushing with the drop-ball, and loading at the quarry face. The shovel attachment is especially effective and accurate in the sorting and crushing processes.

 

With a total production of around 800 000 tonnes of aggregate per year, Traineau seems more than satisfied with the R 980 SME excavator and its low fuel consumption of 55 l/h. After reaching the 1000 hour mark with the machine, the customer is well placed to confirm that the shovel attachment allows it to reduce cycle times and thus speed up dump truck loading.

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