Stretch Demo

Staff | September 28, 2010
Demolition excavator can reach 135 feet high with a 5,700-pound attachment to control high demolition.

A Liebherr R974 B HD-EW (heavy-duty, extra-wide) excavator took the first bites out of a Philip Morris Plant in Louisville, Ky., last August. With an operating height of 135 feet, the Liebherr demolition special can start from the top of the eight-story building and control demolition for safety.

Euro Dismantling Services (EDS) of Great Britain, one of the world's largest demolition companies, was contracted to help dismantle the Philip Morris buildings, and the excavator was imported from the manufacturing plant in France for primary demolition.

Built with D9G track components, the Liebherr machine has a solid stance for working with a 5,700-pound attachment 135 feet overhead.

Demolition of the plant should be completed before the end of the year.

By the Numbers
Liebherr R974 B HD-EW (as shown)
* Planned tool for project is Demarec MQP-30-C "multi-quick processor" at a weight of 5,730 pounds.
Operating Weight 270,800 lb.
Attachment 4,400-lb. LaBounty UP20SV concrete processor*
Horsepower 537
Demolition Stick 44′3″
Basic 15′7″
Demolition 55′9″
Intermediate 8′10″