A new star is making its debut in the marble quarry sector: a New Holland Construction B100C backhoe loader has been equipped with a support arm and chain cutter, mounted in place of the traditional backhoe, that offers a new ingenious, and simple method for cutting blocks of marble, which is both fast and efficient.
The BI00C was fitted with a chain cutter (CST 965) developed by Benetti Macchine SpA, who are based in Carrara and specialise in supplying marble-cutting machines. They worked in close collaboration with the New Holland Construction Engineering division in Lecce, which has the capability to produce bespoke machines, based on requests from its customers, for niche sectors.
Federico Benetti, owner of Bennetti Maccine SpA explains the background to the development of this new product “This machine was created to meet the needs of our customers, who know better than anyone how to improve their business and what machines are required to best achieve it. What they were missing until now, was a machine that could operate autonomously in the quarry, and cut blocks of marble insitu. To accomadate this requirement we explored the idea of combining cutting equipment with a backhoe loader.”
Benetti considered New Holland to be the ideal partner to develop this type of innovative product with, due to the performance and known reliability of their backhoe loaders. The close collaboration between the manufacturer’s engineering division and the Benetti technicians, resulted in the development of a backhoe loader specifically designed for this particular application.
Like all backhoe loaders from the new New Holland Construction C Series produced in the Lecce plant, the B100C is equipped with an engine that meets with the strict Tier IV Interim (EU Stage IIIB) emission standards. The 3.4 litre engine produces 97HP. Developed by FPT Industrial and produced in the Turin plant, this engine is particularly responsive and frugal.
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