Liebherr log handler makes its first public appearance

LIebherr log handler

Although Liebherr is a well-known fixture at bauma, this year the Liebherr maritime division made its debut at the trade show in Munich, Germany. 

Liebherr’s LRS log handler marks the first appearance of a Liebherr maritime division machine at the trade show, as well as the machine’s first public appearance.  

The main field of application of a log handler is the quick, mobile transport of logs within industrial plants and timber handling terminals. At this stage, several test machines have demonstrated their capabilities to select customers. 

The new Liebherr log handler, which features a 30 tonne maximum lifting capacity, combines the advantages of the LRS series for container handling, with several modifications designed for timber handling. 

Thanks to several similarities to the reach stacker, the design of the new timber handler benefitted from the previous experience of the Liebherr maritime division. As well, the log handler – like all Liebherr reach stackers – is equipped with a stepless, hydrostatic drive. 

The Liebherr Pactronic hybrid drive system is standard on the log handler, which enables a temporary increase in performance without additional fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, if required. 

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The main feature of the Pactronic is the energy storage device (also known as an accumulator), which is charged as the load is lowered. 

Therefore, the sustainable hybrid drive reduces carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful substances. Fuel saving is achieved through complete utilization of the regenerative energy and surplus power in the system. 

The log handler can lift a maximum 30 tonnes, and is equipped with an 8.2 metre capacity grapple, while featuring a stacking height and outreach of more than 8 metres.

The machine is capable of travelling 25 km per hour unloaded, or 20 km per hour with a rated load.  

Equipped with a single wheel drive, shear forces are reduced, resulting in lower tire wear and narrow radii. 

Other new features for the log handler include a log pusher specially designed for timber handling and a massive protective structure for the driver’s cab.