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Liebherr R 9600: The next generation of mining excavators

After years of development, the Mining Division of the Liebherr Group has launched the new R 9600 hydraulic excavator, the successor of the popular R 996B 600t excavator.


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A customer-centric approach

Customer input has played an important role in the development of this new machine. Liebherr collected feedback and insights from operators, maintenance personnel, procurement groups, and executive management to have a clear understanding of their daily challenges. 

The new R 9600 aims to reach the highest standard in terms of safety, sustainability, performance, lifetime, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), ease of maintenance and more.

Diverse offering of powertrains

The R 9600 is equipped with two QSK50 Cummins engines with advanced combustion technologies. Understanding that fuel costs form the major portion of the TCO for mining machines, Liebherr has developed and implemented LPE solutions (Liebherr Power Efficiency). These proprietary management systems for the engine and hydraulic system controls substantially reduce fuel consumption without compromising the overall productivity of the machine. 

For emission regulated regions, a US EPA Tier 4f / EU Stage V compliant version is available with the latest SCR after-treatment technology.

An electric drive version will be available soon, a productive choice for mine sites having the required electrical infrastructure.

Weight-optimised attachment

The R 9600 attachment makes use of smart component design resulting in an increased overall production rate without compromising component lifetime.

In standard backhoe configuration with a Heavy-Duty wear package, the R 9600 comes with a 37.5 m3 / 49.1 yd3 bucket to deliver an ideal truck/shovel match with Liebherr mining trucks. 

// The R 9600 builds on years of customer-centric research.

Long-lasting performance

Designed to be used in all applications globally, the R 9600 is built to last over 80,000 machine operational hours. Further improving machine reliability, the uppercarriage structure is a completely new development. The robust undercarriage with a fatigue resistant steel structure, is enhanced with a new hydraulic track tensioning system.

As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Liebherr has built a solid reputation in the development and production of high-quality components for mining applications. The R 9600 benefits from this reputation through reliable components that are developed and manufactured by Liebherr. 

The latest cabin generation

The R 9600 has a brand-new cabin designed by operators for operators – it is a first-class, state of the art 14 m3 / 494 ft3 working space. The cab design reduces vibrations and limits noise to 69 dB, providing a comfortable working environment.

To allow for the best possible working conditions, Liebherr engineers have placed the cab of the R 996 successor back on the left side, standardising with other excavators in the range. The operator’s seat has been positioned as far left as possible to provide the best operator visibility of the attachment and working area. 

The R 9600 offers a superior machine perimeter visibility system, providing continuous 270° vision around the machine.

Assistance Systems and on-board controls

The R 9600 is equipped with the new Liebherr Assistance Systems. These advanced on-board applications are designed to support the operators in becoming more efficient through analytics and actionable insights from live data.

The first Liebherr hydraulic excavator Automation Product introduced to the Mining Industry is the Bucket Filling Assistant, an adaptive or semi-autonomous digging product which is available as an option for the backhoe version of machines.

It allows for easier and faster bucket filling with a consistent bucket fill factor, load after load even in the toughest digging conditions, resulting in overall productivity improvements and reduced operator fatigue. 

// Cutting-edge technologies in the newly designed cabin.

Designed for safe 24/7 operation and maintenance

Liebherr product development is centred around protecting the customer’s most important assets. The R 9600 was designed with respect to global safety standards for operators and maintenance personnel, ensuring that safety always remains a top priority.

The uppercarriage of the R 9600 has been designed to allow for quick and easy maintenance activities. All major parts have been designed and positioned to allow easy access and quicker maintenance.

R 9600 continues to write the success story

The R 9600 builds on two strong models of the Liebherr mining excavator portfolio: The R 996B and the R 9800. 

The R 9600 is not only further building on the success of its predecessor, the R 996B, but is also inspired by the popular 800-tonne R 9800 sharing a long list of components that have been proven on the R 9800 over the past ten years.

As with all Liebherr mining equipment, the predecessor models R 996 and R 996B will continue to be supported with remanufacturing, repair, and customer support services for the duration of the machine’s lifetime.

Contact information

Liebherr-Australia Pty Ltd