Liebherr Crawler Excavator digs in to the canals and ski slopes of the Hautes-Alpes
For almost ten years, the family-owned company has relied on the quality and user-friendliness of Liebherr machines. Last but not least, the high availability of spare parts and the responsiveness of Ets PIC – the local sales partner – makes all the difference.
For almost 10 years now, SATP has relied on Liebherr to ensure the success of its own construction projects. The company was founded in 1992 by Jean-Claude Bonthoux and today has four Liebherr machines: two wheel loaders (an L 550 and an L 506 Compact) as well as an R 914 and an R 926 G8 crawler excavator. These two excavators are equipped with the LIKUFIX hydraulic coupling system to adapt very quickly to the tasks at hand.
The R 926 G8 is the latest addition to SATP’s fleet and was purchased in 2020. David Martin from Liebherr’s sales partner ETS Pic helped SATP to select the machine, taking into account the upcoming projects and goals.
Furthermore, SATP appreciates Liebherr’s reliability and value-oriented corporate culture. After all, the company based in the French department of Hautes-Alpes and run by father and son Bonthoux is characterised by similar values.
MyLiebherr: intuitively and quickly select spare parts
Besides the mere distribution of machines, it is the availability of spare parts that matters most in the construction sector. Spare parts for the brand can be purchased via the MyLiebherr online portal. It is an intuitive and fast tool that secures the productivity of the customers on the construction site.
“When we order something, it’s there the next day. It’s extremely fast,” reports Fabien Bonthoux, joint owner of the company with his father and driver of the R 926 G8.
The R 926 G8: Performance and user-friendliness
One year after delivery of the Liebherr R 926 G8 crawler excavator and after more than 1,500 hours of operation, Fabien Bonthoux is convinced of the machine’s performance and user-friendliness: “This machine is in no way inferior to a 30-tonne excavator.”
With an output of 150 kW / 204 hp and an operating weight of 28 tonnes, the Generation 8 model combines comfort and uncompromising ergonomics with optimum performance. The electric joysticks that characterise the entire Generation 8 also are an excellent development as, unlike a hydraulic system housed in the cab, they don’t generate any heat.
The Société Alpine de Travaux Publics (SATP) was founded in 1992 by Jean-Claude Bonthoux and today employs 15 people. His son Fabien joined the company and runs it together with his father. It is responsible in particular for the acquisition of equipment.
The company is primarily active on construction sites in the areas of civil engineering, utility infrastructure and earthworks in the vicinity of Gap in the French Alps. The preparation of ski slopes in the period from the beginning of autumn to December is another important business area of the dynamic family business.