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First Liebherr for Land & Water

Liebherr 954 long-reach excavator

UK’s leading hirer of long-reach excavators fills the last gap in its fleet with new 59-tonne machine

LAND & Water Plant Ltd have taken delivery of their first Liebherr long-reach excavator, which has gone straight to work extracting sand and gravel at a quarry in North Yorkshire.

The machine, a Liebherr 954, is equipped with factory-supplied long-reach equipment, giving an outreach of either 20m or 22m and a bucket capacity from 1.5 to 2.0 cubic metres.

As the machine has been sourced primarily to operate in dredging and quarrying operations, it has been prepared to a quarry specification, which includes chevrons on the counterweight, a reversing camera, handrails around the rear of the machine and a green flashing beacon to indicate that the operator has his seat belt fastened.

However, in addition to quarry duties, the machine will need to be able to undertake a multitude of tasks through its life, so other extras on the machine include high- and low-flow reversible auxiliary circuits, to accommodate Land & Water customers’ increasing requests to use the long-reach machines as tool carriers.

Weighing 57 tonnes, the Liebherr 954 fills the last gap in land and Land & Water’s fleet between their 40-tonne and 80-tonne machines. The company is now able to offer a full range of  excavators ranging from 3.2 tonnes up to 115 tonnes in weight, and with outreaches from 6m to 27m.

Richard Maclean from Land & Water said: ‘This machine is likely to work throughout the UK – so it was sourced with a servicing and warranty package from Liebherr which allows us to support this product better than we could with just our own engineers.’

In addition, the machine comes with a sealed bucket-linkage design from Liebherr that should save bucket pin and bush wear – particularly when working underwater, as well as an auto-greaser and Liebherr’s LiDAT remote telemetry system.

Also, as with all machines in the Land & Water fleet, the Liebherr 954 was specified with biodegradable hydraulic oil, which was factory filled.

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