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Augean PLC takes four Liebherr

Augean PLC is one of the UK’s leading waste management groups, specialising in providing a wide range of services in the hazardous waste sector. The company has recently taken delivery of the first Liebherr machines to join their large materials handling fleet – four LR 634 Litronic fully hydrostatic crawler loaders, which are specifically designed and factory-built for landfill operations. These specialist loading shovels have been deployed at three of Augean’s landfill facilities near Middlesborough and Peterborough. With over eight million cubic metres of void space and seven recycling and high technology ITD soil remediation and waste treatment centres round the UK, Augean provides commercial, compliance-led waste solutions in what is a complex and legislation driven field.

The versatility of the LR 634 Litronic is proving itself for Augean, covering a wide variety of tasks including stockpiling, moving and levelling the incoming waste material, as well as spreading, dozing and grading landfill cover. Additionally, the loading shovels are also being used for general civil engineering work at the landfill sites, such as building and maintaining haul roads and bunds.

Commenting on his company’s latest plant acquisitions, Augean PLC’s Group Plant Manager Ken Priestley said "The decision to buy our first Liebherr machines was based on a number of important factors – primarily industry-specific build quality, value-for-money and performance. We were also impressed with the after sales product support and have taken all these loading shovels with full R&M contracts. Our operators have reported back that they are delighted with their new loaders!"

The LR 634 Litronic is an entirely factory-built tracked loading shovel of the highest specifications for landfill duties, featuring Liebherr’s own highly developed hydrostatic drive system. The machine is powered by a 135kW output Liebherr D 934 L A6 Stage IIIA / Tier 3 diesel engine, which not only produces excellent fuel consumption figures but is also fully compliant with all the latest noise and exhaust emission reduction requirements. The LR 634 also includes the well-proven high-technology Litronic engine and hydraulics management system which ensures optimum output and efficiency at all times, as well as fulfilling a diagnostic rôle for maintenance and workover.

Standard landfill specification on the LR 634 Litronic includes all the necessary features required to protect the machine and operator. These include lift cylinder covers, external air supply alternator, exhaust manifold isolation, radiator guard, engine air pre-cleaner with automatic dust ejection, cooling system reversible fan, final drive protection rings and fine perforated plates to the engine housing. All four LR 634 Litronic crawler loaders have been supplied to Augean with a 2m³ clamshell waste-handling bucket with trashguard.

For Augean’s operators, the spacious cabs on the LR 634 Litronic are comfortable, functional and safe work stations for optimum performance and minimum fatigue. They are glazed with tinted armoured glass, fully ROPS and FOPS protected, lightly pressurized to prevent dust and odour incursion and air-conditioned; the front windscreens are protected by a cage guard. A fully adjustable seat, with ventral safety belt and seatbelt alert light, includes twin joystick controls integrated into the armrests – one for travel speed and direction, the other for attachment movements. The cabs are also equipped with fire extinguishers and reversing camera monitors.