What is the largest excavator bucket?

It has been in operation at the Garzweiler open pit lignite mine since 2001, prior to which it was used to dig coal at the Hambach mine 22 kilometers away. When it was built in 1978, the “Bagger 288” was the largest bucket wheel excavator in the world, and it is still one of the biggest land vehicles today.

How much does the Bagger 288 cost?

It cost $100 million to build, took five years to design and manufacture, and five years to assemble. When it was completed, the Bagger 288 passed NASA’s Crawler-Transporter, used to move the space shuttle and Apollo space craft as the world’s largest land vehicle.

How many Bagger 288 are there in the world?

It took five years to design and manufacture, and five years to assemble with total cost reaching $100 million. In 1995, it was itself superseded by the slightly heavier Bagger 293 (14,200 tons).

Bagger 288
Width 46 m (151 ft)
Height 96 m (315 ft)
Weight 13,500 t (29,800,000 lb)
Propulsion 12 x caterpillar tracks

How tall is a bucket wheel excavator?

BWEs built since the 1990s, such as the Bagger 293, have reached sizes as large as 96 m (315 ft) tall, 225 m (738 ft) long, and as heavy as 14,200 t (31,300,000 lb). The bucket-wheel itself can be over 21 m (70 ft) in diameter with as many as 20 buckets, each of which can hold over 15 m3 (20 cu yd) of material.

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