That these are the most massive pieces of building equipment made, needed to do some of the world’s largest engineering feats on the planet. They are incredibly well designed, the culmination of thousands of man-hours of planning, design and building, and of the technical knowledge of all human-kind to date. However, perhaps the most amazing thing about equipment such as what is in this post is that there are factories somewhere out there that make this stuff. Hard to imagine what a plant like that would look like, big enough to assemble all the parts, and that are forges and fabricators behind each one of these who still create solid metal, like the modern blacksmith to the trade.
Krupp Bagger 288: Worldu0092s Largest Trencher
The Bagger 288 is a bucket-wheel excavator. But thereu0092s nothing light about a 13,500-ton mobile strip miner. The German creation is 721 feet long, 315 feet high, and can clear an area the size of a football field three stories deepu0097in just one day.
Armored Caterpillar D9R
Its nickname is Doobi (Hebrew for teddy bear) but this heavily armored bulldozer is anything but soft and cuddly. With 15 tons of Israeli-engineered armor protecting the entire machine and bulletproof windows sealing in the cabin, this monster machine is equipped for construction, rescue, demolition, and even defending itself with custom-fitted grenade launchers and machine guns.
Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1
The Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 telescopic crane is ridiculous. It can lift up to 1,200 tons. Itu0092s boom extends to 100 meters long with up to 126 meters of additional lattice. Rolling along on a nine-axle suspension, this bad boy can handle any job. Disc brakes come standard.
LeTourneau L-2350 Front End Loader
The worldu0092s largest rubber-tire front loading vehicle of its kind, the L-2350u0092s bucket is roughly the size of a studio apartment. It has a 2,300 horsepower engine capable of lifting up to 160,000 lbs. The operator stands two stories off the ground, and the mammoth bucket extends to a maximum height of nearly 44 feet.