Richgro Look to Liebherr
Proudly Australian owned and family operated over four generations, Richgro’s mission is to create great gardens in an environmentally responsible manner with quality, innovative products for all Australian gardeners.
Bulk handling, mixing and measuring of most of the material is all carried out with the use of wheel loaders. By rehandling over 3,000m3 of material a week, the process needs to be carried out in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
Although running costs were a major factor and fuel consumption important, consideration was also given to the environmental impact, with reduced emission levels required.
Recently delivered were four new Liebherr L 556 IIIB wheel loaders, with two to be operated by Richgro at their head office in Jandakot, and two at their Amazon landscape facility in Nowergup.
Due to the lighter material density and high volume of material the Liebherr L 556 IIIB industrial linkage complete with 5.0m3 Hi-tip bucket was the ideal match – the rear-mounted Liebherr Tier IIIB transverse engine and mid mounted cooling system offers optimum weight distribution, whilst drawing in clean air to ensure maximum cooling efficiency.
Compared to conventional transmission systems, the hydrostatic driveline with Liebherr Power Efficiency (LPE) offers a considerable reduction in fuel consumption of up to 20-25%, reducing operating costs and further environmental pollution. The innovative driveline concept means much lower noise emission, another added bonus for Richgro with local neighbours and long shifts.
The combination of the Liebherr driveline and the unique positioning of the Liebherr engine allows for higher tipping loads at low operating weight. This leads to significantly higher productivity eliminating the need for unnecessary counterweight.
“The combination of our newly commissioned screening plant at Richgro, the Liebherr L 556 IND and 5.0m3 Hi-tip bucket has seen a 20% increase in finished product, produced at a lower cost than the same period this time last year” said Tim Richards, Operations Manager, Richgro.