Liebherr extends popular 60t crawler excavator to global market

Staff Report,

18 Dec 2021

European favourite since 2012, R 960 SME to now offer its popular features such as power, capacity and fuel savings to customers worldwide

Liebherr’s 60t-class crawler excavator, the R 960 SME, which has been among the favoured machines in its class in Europe since its launch in 2012, has now been made available to lower emission-tier markets such as Africa, Asia and South America.

According to Liebherr, the R 960 SME is “more than a 50-tonne powerhouse”. It is a true 60t excavator with a 70t undercarriage and sets the benchmark in its market segment - and is now setting its sights on markets such as Brazil and Russia.

Liebherr says that with its stability and the highest breakout forces on the market, the R 960 SME excels with particularly high productivity compared to its predecessor version. With its large bucket volume of 3.7m³, it is easily suitable for loading dumper trucks in the 30-45t weight range.

This excavator, developed and produced at Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar, France, has been in use in quarries and mining operations around the world for almost 10 years. Liebherr added that the R 960 SME also impresses with its low fuel consumption, which can be accessed online via the fuel calculator.

Liebherr’s SME series is a range of crawler excavators for demanding applications, and are designed for quarry applications. Four models ranging from 44-102t have been developed for the world market. These variants are equipped with reinforced undercarriages into which components from the larger models of the standard series have been integrated. On the R 960 SME, these are components of the 70t standard model R 966. The same principle applies for the counterweights, Liebherr adds.

The manufacturer said that this allows the use of larger buckets without compromising the stability of the machine. Thanks to its special kinematics of the working equipment and specifics cylinders, the machine offers exceptional digging and breakout forces that Liebherr claims are unparalleled in this machine category.

Overall, all these factors increase the performance and profitability of the machine. As with all Liebherr crawler excavators from 14-100t operating weight, machine operators can choose between four different working modes. The hydraulic and engine power can be adapted to the operating conditions to achieve either maximum performance and productivity during difficult applications or a highly economical mode of operation.

The R 960 SME’s working environment is based on the latest standards, according to Liebherr and the model has a “spacious driver's cab equipped with a host of features to guarantee operator comfort and safety”. These include continuous automatic air conditioning and heating and a large 9-inch display as standard. The machine is available with bullet-proof windscreen and roof window.

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