Liebherr-France hands over its largest demolition excavator

By Steve Ducker26 February 2021

German demolition company AWR Abbruch has received the key to a Liebherr R 980 Demolition excavator during an official handover at the manufacturer’s site in Colmar, France.

Liebherr R 980 Demolition excavator The Liebherr R 980 Demolition excavator has a working height of 55 m

Among those present were Brigitte Klinkert, France’s minister of labour, employment, vocational training and social dialogue.

French government minister Brigitte Klinkert at Liebherr, Colmar, France French government minister Brigitte Klinkert (second from left) joins Liebherr-France and AWR Abbruch for the official ceremony in Colmar

The customer is already familiar with Liebherr demolition machines including R 974 Demolition machine which it bought in 2007 and is still in operation today.

Since then, AWR Abbruch has also acquired two more Liebherr demolition machines as well as wheeled excavators and loaders.

As well as its 55 m (180 ft) working height, the machine has an operating weight of 190 t, a 35 t counterweight and required months of study, testing and modification.

The R 980 Demolition four demolition units of 21, 26, 36 and 55 m (68, 85, 118 and 180 ft), capable of supporting tools from 15 down to 3 t.

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