Rock to Road

Quebec contractor finds excavator solution

March 3, 2016  By  Andrew Macklin

March 3, 2016 – When looking for a new crawler excavator, a Canadian company looked to Liebherr for the solution it was looking for.

Transport Camille Dionne 1991 Inc. with its head office in Quebec was founded in 1962 and was initially active in the areas of earthmoving and civil engineering. Since 1980, the company has been concentrating more and more on the transport of machines between Canada and the United States before being sold in 1991.

Jean-Yves Gauthier, arrived in 2001, undertook a comprehensive restructuring of the company including a renewal of two-thirds of equipment and expansion of activities to the sale of used equipment. In 2008, Transport Camille Dionne 1991 Inc. has joined a family business in the forestry sector to create the entity “Crushing DLR”, specialized in the crushing and recycling of concrete and bituminous mix.

“Today we employ around 70 people and operate in Quebec primarily in the areas of structural engineering, forestry, mining and quarrying, as well as in earthmoving and civil engineering”, adds Jean-Yves Gauthier.


Transport Camille Dionne 1991 Inc. operates on various construction sites and therefore requires a machine that is diverse and easy to transport. The Liebherr crawler excavator R 946, with an operating weight of approx. 40 tonnes, was precisely the right model for these requirements, according to Jean-Yves Gauthier, managing director of Transport Camille Dionne. “The technical properties of the Liebherr crawler excavator not only look good on paper. The excavator is also extremely reliable in practice”, explains the Managing Director, when asked about why he decided for this particular manufacturer.

The R 946
The company uses the crawler excavator with a 2m³ backhoe bucket. This way a production capacity of 275m³ per hour is achieved. With fuel consumption of just 16 litres per hour, the R 946 also proves economical in use. Jean-Yves Gauthier is satisfied with the fuel consumption of the crawler excavator, both per working hour and per tonne of moved material.

The Liebherr crawler excavator delivers maximum power thanks to quick, fluid movements. The manufacturing factory, Liebherr-France SAS, achieves this through efficient interaction of the integrated systems. This is possible thanks to the high proportion of components manufactured in-house. For instance, the Positive Control hydraulic system, the Stage IIIB / Tier 4i diesel engine, and the electronics developed by Liebherr and optimally coordinated from scratch.

The daily service activities and checks should be easy to perform for the machine driver. For the design of the crawler excavator, right from the start Liebherr paid attention to designing the machine as simple and concise as possible, as well as improving accessibility. Checking levels, for example engine oil, is possible from the display in the cab. And through the use of an automatic central lubrication system, valuable working time can be saved and, at the same time, an optimal operating state of the machine can be guaranteed.

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