The Liebherr 284 is One Massive Earth Mover

There are big dump trucks and then there is the Liebherr 284. This beast is used commonly in the mining industry to make excavation more efficient. As mining operations became larger and the need for faster tunneling and excavation placed demands on the workforce, the equipment grew to make productivity and profitability more efficient. The result is the beast you see here. The Liebherr 284 has the distinction of being the largest dump truck in the world. It up seated the position that was long held by Catapillar with it’s 797F. The 797 series from Catapillar had several generations that had the distinction of being the largest earth mover on the planet.

Since the baton has passed to Liebherr, so have a few other things. For starters, the cost to own one of these beauties will only set you back about $4 million. I know you are thinking that might seem rather high, but keep in mind that it does come with a CD player. That is an option they did not have to throw in there! Oh, a word about flat tires. If you have one, you might want to keep a little bit of cash reserves on hand, because new tires run about $10,000 each. That’s actually a price break from the Catapillar 797 series.

For whatever reason, those puppies ran about $42,000 each. At least if you have a blowout on the Liebherr, you only need to come up with enough money to purchase a good used car in order to get a new tire rather than take out a second mortgage on your home. Now, a few things that might seem silly when it comes to a dump truck of this size. For starters, there are fire extinguishers located onboard towards the left hand side of the truck. You have to wonder if the engine caught fire whether you would want to find yourself on top of it trying to extinguish the flame. I would scale down the side of that thing so fast it would make your head spin.

I think the fire extinguishers are better stored towards the bottom of the truck so ground crews could gain easy access should a fire ignite, but who am I? Another oddity that several people are always quick to note and decry are the side mirrors. The argument is always made, “Why does a multi billion dollar corporation not splurge for backup cameras on a massive dump truck?” Well, consider this. You go to back up one day and your backup camera is out. If I am the guy in the little pick up truck or bulldozer beside you, I am not going to feel all that safe. The mirrors help kill two birds with one stone. They do not break down, and as such, it does not make sense to splurge for the extra money of having both a camera system and side view mirrors in place. The mirrors work just fine and accomplish the same goal. No need to reinvent the wheel.

Other Interesting Facts

  • The Liebherr earth movers are assembled at a plant in Virginia that is only capable of holding four at any given time. So if you want to place an order for one, you better get in line.
  • As a company, they also produce microelectronics, car parts, and household appliances such as refrigerators, in addition to these massive earth movers.
  • The dump truck only has a top speed of 40 mph.
  • A driver can safely operate the vehicle with a total weight limit of 592 tons.
  • The premier model has a 90 L diesel engine which produces 3,650 hp to operate the massive beast. Notice that extra digit, not 350 or 360… 3,650 horsepower!

In short, this dump truck is nothing to sneeze at. It certainly has its place in making mining more efficient and will enjoy its place as the largest dump truck in the world for a short time. Oops, it seems that time has already passed. The world’s largest dump truck baton was passed in 2014 to the Belaz 75710 made by the Belaz corporation. The Liebherr did have a good two year run though. It should not be surprising though. After all, you know what they say. Such is the life of a dump truck when you play king of the hill!

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