Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Largest land vehicle

Move away Megatron, earth has a new player!

This land vehicle is called Bucket-wheel excavators used in mining activities. The one above called The Bagger 288 (Excavator 288), built by the German company Krupp for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun.
Some facts:
  • The machine is 95 meters high and 215 meters long (almost 2.5 football fields in length) .
  • Weight is 45,500 tons (that's equivalent to a bumper to bumper line of jeeps 80 miles long)It took 5 years to design and manufacture at a cost of $100 million.
  • Maximum digging speed is 10 meters per minute.
  • Can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day.
  • Took 5 years to design and manufacture and another 5 years to assemble.
  • Requires 5 people to operate it.
  • It moves on 12 crawlers (each is 12 feet wide, 8' high and 46 feet long).There are 8 crawlers in front and 4 in back.
  • It has a maximum speed of 1 mile in 3 hours (1/3 mile/hour).
  • It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.(100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)