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 collaboration with the New Holland Construction Engineering division in Lecce, which has the capability to produce bespoke machines for niche sectors, based on requests from its customers.
Federico Benetti, owner of Bennetti Macchine, 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 accomodate this requirement we explored the idea of combining cutting equipment with a backhoe loader.”
The prototype underwent several months of vigorous testing in the Carrara marble quarries, in which the most expert operators in marble extraction made the machine work at full speed and for long periods. The result was that the New Holland B100C backhoe loader passed with flying colours, and made its official debut at the Marmomacc trade fair (VR) in autumn 2013.