The biggest mining machines in the world

Australia is a big country, so it stands to reason that we need some big mining trucks to help move things around. Here we look at five of the biggest mine trucks, and what makes them so powerful.

Bucket wheel excavators: the Bagger 293

One of the largest mining trucks to be found on a site, bucket wheel excavators are used in surface mining, using a continuous pattern of scooping to quickly and efficiently clear the ground. The Bagger 293 is the largest bucket wheel excavator that has ever been built and is actually in the Guinness World Records as the largest vehicle in human history. Built in 1995, the Bagger 293 is 96 metres high and 225 long, and takes five people to operate it.

Haul truck: BelAZ’s 75710 ‘the 450’

Haul trucks are specifically engineered for use in heavy-duty mining environments, and are able to carry large amounts of materials around the construction site. The title for the largest haul truck in the world is claimed by BelAZ’s 450 tonne truck, nicknamed ‘the 450’. Released in 2013, ‘the 450’ has two 16-cylinder diesel engines and eight wheels.

The LeTourneau L-2350

Taking the top prize for the planet’s largest wheel loader is the LeTourneau L-2350, another Guinness World Record holder. It is able to carry a 65 tonne payload using 1,715 kilowatts of power.

Hydraulic shovel: the CAT 6090FS

The hydraulic shovel is probably one of the most universally recognized pieces of mining and construction equipment. It is commonly used for cutting rocks and stones, breaking concrete and drilling holes in the earth. The largest hydraulic shovel in the world is currently manufactured by CAT, with the new 6090FS boasting the world’s best bucket capacity at 52 cubic metres.

Dozer: the Komatsu D-575A-3 Super Dozer

The role of the bulldozer is pretty self-explanatory: it uses a metal plate to push large quantities of sand, soil, rubble and other construction materials around the site. The Komatsu D-575A-3 Super Dozer is currently the biggest dozer in the world, and has held this title since it first hit the market in 1991. Weighing over 152.6 tonnes, it can move nearly 100 cubic metres of construction material at a time.

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