The World’s Largest Mining Trucks

June 3, 2016 | Tires

Here at Western Tire Recyclers, we specialize specifically in recycling off the road tires. We process some of the biggest tires in the industry, from some of the largest vehicles in the world, big mining trucks. Just how big are these trucks? Let’s take a look at the 3 largest trucks in the world.

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(The Belaz 75710, the world’s largest mining truck, sitting next to a 4-door sedan for size reference.)

The picture above, shows the Belaz 75710, the largest mining dump truck in the world. This gargantuan vehicle is 20.6m long, 8.16m high and 9.87m wide. For those not savvy with metric, let’s break that down. That is over 67.5 feet long, 28 feet high, and 32 feet wide. The Belaz has a payload capacity of 496 tons and a max speed of 64 mph. The truck uses two 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines which put out about 2300 HP each. For size comparison, you can see the midsize sedan in the picture. It is dwarfed by the nearby truck. But let’s move on to what is REALLY important here. How big are the tires? The Belaz features eight large-size Michelin tubeless pneumatic tires. Each one of these stands around 13 feet tall.

We want to remind everyone that over-pressurizing your tires isn’t a good idea. Especially if you’ve got a big truck. The pressure from some of these tires could blow your arms clean off. And these are some of the biggest tires that we process here at our plant. Some end up being ground up into mulch, while others end up as our nearly indestructible water tanks.

While the Belaz 75710 is certainly the biggest truck on the market, it isn’t the only one. In fact, most of these mining trucks look very similar, with slight variations on the size of the truck.

The Caterpillar 797F is the second largest type of mining truck in the world; it can carry only slightly less than the Belaz at 400 tons with a gross operating weight of 687.5 tons. It measures slightly smaller though, with a length of 14.8m (48.6feet), 6.52m (21.4ft) in height, and 9.75m (32ft) in width. The max speed of this truck is slightly faster than the Belaz as well at 68mph.

The Terex MT 6300AC was introduced in 2008 by Terex but was soon bought by Caterpillar and rebranded as the Bucyrus MT6300AC. The truck stands 7.92m (26 ft) in height and 14.63m (48 ft) in length and can carry a gross operating weight of 660t.

While this list contains only a small amount of the mining trucks out there, these are certainly some of the biggest.

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