Latest XPower purchase based on low fuel consumption and high power output of two previous loaders
LOCATED in the Soest Börde in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Rinsche extract ‘German bluestone’ and ‘Anröchter greenstone’ (also known as Anröchter dolomite), as well as large quantities of gravel.
Three Liebherr L 586 XPower wheel loaders play a significant part in this task, delivering low fuel consumption and high performance in load-and-carry operations moving up to 12 tonnes of material per loading cycle.
The key factor in the Rinsche family firm’s recent acquisition of its third L 586 XPower wheel loader was the positive experience with its two previous L 586 XPower machines, purchased by managing director Wilhelm Rinsche in 2019.
‘With their power split drivelines, our L 586s use only around 20 litres of diesel per operating hour. This is approximately 12 litres less than a comparable wheel loader from another manufacturer which we previously had in the quarry,’ said Mr Rinsche. ‘The Liebherr wheel loaders allow us to achieve huge cost savings and greatly reduced CO2 emissions.
According to Mr Rinsche, the low fuel consumption is particularly worth noting because the wheel loaders, each weighing more than 33 tonnes, are fitted with a range of special equipment, including tyre protection chains.
The tyre protection chains are particularly distinctive and weigh up to 800kg each, depending on the version. Their main purpose is to improve traction in combination with the automatic self-locking differential. ‘The limestone soil in our quarries gets muddy and slippery, particularly when it’s been raining, and this means we need the chains,’ explained Mr Rinsche.
The main task of the wheel loaders is to transport blasted material from the quarry face to the crusher in a load-and-carry operation covering distances of up to 200m. The machines also help with reloading.
‘Besides the low fuel consumption, we appreciate the consistently high power our Liebherr wheel loaders provide. Whether it’s picking up material at the quarry face, travelling or reloading, the wheel loaders always deliver the full power output,’ added Mr Rinsche.
Wilfried Holz, sales manager at Liebherr-Baumaschinen Vertriebs- und Service GmbH in Dortmund, said: ‘The L 586 XPower is Liebherr’s largest wheel loader and – like all XPower loaders – comes with the robust and efficient power-split travel drive as standard. We are delighted, since the first demonstration in the quarry in 2018, to now be delivering the third L 586 XPower to Wilhelm Rinsche and his team.’