Feast your eyes on the Guinness World Record holder for Biggest Earth Mover: the LeTourneau L-2350. This thing (which, in case you couldn’t tell, is a ridiculously MASSIVE beast) is a loader used for surface mining.
Crafted to center-load haul trucks with capacities of up to 400 tons, the L-2350 has an operating payload of 80 tons, a 24-foot lift height, and an 11.5-foot reach. On top of that, it’s also rocking the world’s largest tires that measure at 13 feet tall and five feet wide. Needless to say, the rest of the specs on this thing are absolutely incredible. Check them out!
- Operational weight: 260 tons
- Horsepower: 2,300
- Engine: 16 Cylinder 65.0-Liter Detroit Diesel 4-cycle Turbocharged Aftercooler Engine or 16 cylinder 60.0-Liter Cummins Diesel 4-cycle Turbocharged Aftercooler Engine
- Hydraulic lifting payload: 72 tons
- Standard Bucket: 40,52 m³
- Fuel Tank: 3,974.68 Liter
- Hydraulic Oil: 1,230 Liter
- Tires: 70/70-57 SRG DT
But, enough about the specs. Let’s see this thing in action!
Pretty incredible, right? It’s clear this thing is a world record holder just based on the tires alone. Not to mention, take a look at that massive shovel! As Mark Barr, who was the Chief Engineer at LeTourneau, Inc. at the time that the above History Channel episode aired, puts it, “We can dig an Olympic-size swimming pool in just a few scoops. I know we just have to be the envy of all the kids that are playing in their sandbox. We just happen to have the biggest sandbox and the biggest toys to play with.”
Hey, you don’t have to sell us on the L-2350 twice. You had us at “sandbox.”
This post was originally published on December 29, 2016.