Mining machinery has a reputation of being quite large, and anyone who has worked in the field will know the size and complexities of these machines is immense. But, in comparison to the following three examples of heavy machinery, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

1. The bucket wheel excavator

Bucket wheel excavators are, unequivocally, the biggest pieces of equipment you’ll find on a mining site. Through continuous digging they can get through over 240,000 cubic meters of dirt a day. In fact, they are one of the largest vehicles constructed overall, not just in the mining sphere. Larger models have boom lengths of 80 metres. This earth moving equipment will most likely be found on large-scale mining operations, due to its sheer size alone.

2. The hydraulic shovel

Where the bucket wheel excavator was formerly used, in smaller mining operation the hydraulic shovel is now the preferred choice. However, this is no means any indication of a lack in size. CAT specialises in this subset of machinery, holding the title of the largest hydraulic shovel available. They generally weigh in at a whopping 800 tonnes or more. They are diggers found across the world in all aspects of mining.

3. The haul truck

The largest haul truck on the market weighs in at 400 tonnes and many others come in at around the same weight. Due to its sheer size, it needs eight wheels to move around. It also requires two engines. If that doesn’t give you an idea of just how large this piece of equipment is, you’ll merely have to look at pictures. It truly is a monster machine.

Sizeable equipment is common in mining, but these three pieces of heavy machinery truly stand out from the crowd. They are used in most applications; however, the bucket wheel excavator will generally be limited to larger scale projects.

the 3 biggest pieces of mining equipment

Bucket wheel excavators in Garzweiler surface mine, Germany

These machines and more are available through the brands Liebherr, Caterpiller, Hitachi, Komatsu and Esco. These can all be purchased, alongside parts and attchments from Resolute Equipment.

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