Not only in mining areas that trucks have to be made large and heavy-duty but also with some sort of jobs like in carrying goods, transporting people, firefighting and even making bridges. In this article, we have compiled a list of the biggest massive trucks ever built, along with their hilarious jobs.
Here are the top 11 biggest trucks ever made.
- 1962 ZIL-E-167 6×6
The Soviets created the ZIL-E-167 6×6 in 1962 to reach far-north towns in any weather (or to invade the U.S. via the North Pole, if you follow certain conspiracy theories). The E-167 seems like it’d be fun to go tundra stomping in, with two rear-mounted ZIL-375 3.5-liter V8s—one source claims they’re two 7.0-liters. The wheels were originally 28-inch MAZ-529 tractor wheels, but they were too heavy, therefore the movie claims they constructed lighter fiberglass wheels that functioned just fine. The entire contraption measured 30 feet long, 9 feet broad, and 9 feet tall (though another source said it was 10 feet wide and 10 feet high). It could transport 5 tons and had a curb weight of 12 or 15 tons. One can be seen outside of Moscow at the State Military Technical Museum.
- Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan’s Monster SUV
Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan is well-known for his huge Dodge Power Wagons and Willys Jeeps. But he also designed this ten-wheeled bespoke SUV. According to reports, it is made up of a Jeep Wrangler and an Oshkosh M1075 military vehicle. A Caterpillar C15 15.2-liter six-cylinder diesel engine produces 600 horsepower. The vehicle is 35 feet long in total. The Sheikh’s Dodge Power Wagon, on the other hand, is said to feature four bedrooms and weigh 50 tons.
- LeTourneau TC-497 Overland Train
The LeTourneau land train was designed specifically for the United States. To get around Alaska, the army was called in. Or for logging interests in the far north’s trackless areas. After a prototype for the Army was created but never put into production, LeTourneau offered it to a number of possible customers. Following that, the basic 4×4 tractor with three trailers was augmented with more trailers and wheels until it became the world’s longest road train. The LeTourneau TC-497 Overland Train MkII eventually had four gas turbine engines in its tractor section, each producing 1,170 horsepower and totaling 4,680 horsepower, all spinning generators to power the train’s 54 motors, one in each of the train’s 54 wheels. There were a total of 12 trailers at the end. By the time the Army reconsidered it in 1962, powerful helicopters capable of lifting whatever the Land Train could transport had rendered it obsolete.
- Self-Propelled Modular Transporter
The SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter) was created to transport extremely large items such as bridges, oil platforms, residences, and ships weighing up to 15,000 tons. They resemble large multi-wheeled skateboards that can cooperate together to move large loads or work separately for minor hauls, at least from what we could discern. On one of the modules in the video, we counted 64 wheels. There were four modules in one arrangement, totaling 128 wheels. All of the wheels are swivel. One might be used to transport your sailboat around your boatyard.
- Herrington Marmon Rhino 4WD Amphibious SUV
An amphibious vehicle with hollow half-sphere wheels, this is a Herrington Marmon Rhino 4WD SUV. It could be tipped 75 degrees in any direction and run in 2WD or 4WD. On land, the top speed was 45 mph, and in the water, it was 4 mph. It was put on hold after 14 years of development.
- SLJ932 Segmental Bridge Launching Machine
China’s Beijing Wowjoint Machinery Co has developed a massive machine known as the SLJ900/32 or Segmental Bridge Launching Machine. This 580-ton, the 300-foot-long behemoth is constructing bridges throughout China. The SLJ900/32 has 64 wheels supporting it, divided into four sections of 16 wheels each. It can create bridges not just in the city, but also in the bush. Each piece may rotate up to 90 degrees, allowing the machine to take up beams efficiently while driving sideways. Undeniably, this massive bridge-lego-like truck deserves its name as the “The Iron Monster”.
- Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60 Mining Machine
The F60 Overburden Conveyor Bridge Mining Machine is the world’s largest machine capable of autonomous movement. It resembles a large bridge with tank tracks rather than a truck. It has a length of 1,646 feet and a weight of 15,000 tons. It is supported by two distinct wheeled chassis, totaling 760 wheels. The rig is powered by electricity generated by a separate platform substation. On each side, half of the wheels are powered by electricity. During operation, it consumes 27,000 kW and reaches a top speed of 29 feet per minute. It’s employed in the Lusatian region, which straddles the German-Polish border, in brown coal fields. Its job is to remove “overburden,” or the material that lays on top of a coal seam, which is largely dirt. So these devices roll through a vast stretch of earth that has been scraped out, clearing debris until they reach the coal. They require tracks in order to advance along the overburden and remove it. Until the Bagger 293 Bucket-Wheel Excavator came along, this was the heaviest land vehicle ever built.
- Earth Pressure Balance Shield Tunneling Machine
The world’s largest Earth Pressure Balance Shield Tunneling Machine is known as Bertha. Hitachi Zosen is the company that built it. Bertha is 326 feet long and 6.1 tons in weight. The tunnel’s drilling end is 57.5 feet long. It spins the bore with 260 unique cutters using 25,000 horsepower. It’ll progress at a rate of 32 feet each day. It was broken up and melted down after being used to dig a 1.8-mile tunnel near Seattle. That’s what economies of scale are all about.
- Gradall FA 70 Fire Apparatus Boom
Gradall Industries is releasing the FA 70 Strategic Emergency Response Vehicle [SERV] firefighting apparatus, which has a larger reach. Gradall FA Systems are firefighting systems that may be put to a fire vehicle to improve efficiency and safety. Compared to the FA 50, which has a 15-meter reach, the FA 70 has a 20-meter reach, allowing firefighters to reach higher rooftops on six to seven-story buildings. The tough Gradall hydraulic boom can extend 50 feet (15.2 meters) and uses a stainless steel 5th Man nozzle attachment to ventilate buildings by breaking through walls and roofs as well as reaching through windows, rotating up to 220 degrees, and swinging to the left and right. The 5th Man nozzle features 52 aqua-jet nozzles that direct a large broken stream curtain of water (or Class A or B foam for chemical fires) towards the flames once inside a burning structure.
- Colmar T10000 FSC Road Loader Crane
When compared to other road-rail loaders and excavators, the Colmar T10000 is one of the largest road-rail loaders in the range and has one of the largest on-rail lifting capacities in the world. The T10000 can easily conduct a variety of road-rail crane operations, as well as piling and undercutting, thanks to this intelligent operation. The T10000 comes in three versions: two with rubber tires and one with tracks. The two rubber-tired machines are relatively similar, with the hydraulic system’s performance being the key variation. The T10000HS provides additional engine power and a higher flow rate for piling and undercutting applications. The tracked T10000FSC has similar operational capabilities but with improve off-trail stability and the ability to travel on unstable or soft terrain. All T10000 machines have world-class lifting capacity, with rubber tyred machines having a maximum lifting capacity of 11,300kg and 360° on-rail lifting capacity of 2,600kg, and tracked machines having a maximum lifting capacity of 15,000kg and 360° full reach capacity of 4500kg. The machines are ideal for general lifting and other tasks that would ordinarily necessitate the use of a road-rail crane.
- Liebherr T282B Dump Truck
The Liebherr T 282B is a huge earth-hauling dump truck made by the German company Liebherr. It was launched in 2004 and quickly became the world’s largest earth-hauling truck. The T 282B is a more powerful variant of the T 282. The trucks are built in a 10-acre (4-hectare) factory in Newport News, Virginia, that can accommodate four 282s at once. The T 282B has a maximum capacity of 365 tonnes and an empty weight of 203 tonnes. It has a maximum operational weight of 592 tonnes, is 14.5 meters long, 7.4 meters height over the canopy, and has a 6.6 meter wheelbase. The top-of-the-line variant is powered by a 10.5-tonne, 90-liter diesel engine designed by Detroit Diesel and MTU (Germany) that generates 3650 horsepower (2700 kW). The truck’s top speed is 40 mph (65 km/h).
The development of heavy-duty trucks is a proof that technology makes people’s life easier. It would be unable to satisfy demand if technology did not continue to advance.