Some haul truck tires carry more weight than others — and we mean that quite literally.
Specifically, we’re referring to the (gloriously massive) tires atop which hulks the Liebherr T282B. This beast of a machine, nicknamed the “mechanical dinosaur” by the folks over at Daily News Auto, is simply staggering in terms of both cost and proportion. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that they actually exist.
At $1.5 million each, these trucks are several times more expensive than the world’s finest supercars. The tires alone measure 13.5 feet high and each one costs $50-grand to replace. There are six wheels to every haul truck, meaning that the tires alone are about what you’d pay to own an entire Ferrari F12berlinetta (Daily News Auto).
With the driver perching upwards of twenty feet off the ground, training simulators must be used to prepare operators for the experience. This shouldn’t come as a shock, since the T282B is the largest capacity dump truck in the world, capable of carrying four hundred short tons of material (Mining Technology & Consumer Insight).
That’s right. Four hundred short tons. No wonder handling one requires extra special training. We practically had to don hard hats just to research this article.
Any of you who handle these stunning machines on a regular basis (or even any of you who have seen one in person) have our utmost respect.
Liebherr T282B – A History Maker
Of course, there have been other haul trucks that have entered the 400 short ton class since the Liebherr T282B debuted in 2004, specifically the Caterpillar 797F and Bucyrus MT6300AC haul trucks. But the Liebherr T282B will always hold a special place in mining history as the first to hit the 400 short ton mark at its debut and held the title of largest payload capacity for four years until Caterpillar and Bucyrus entered the 400 short ton capacity market.
Whether you drive a Liebherr T282B and need 56/80R63 or 59/80R63 OTR tires, or if you drive something slightly less colossal, remember that we carry a full range of OTR tires to meet all of your heavy equipment needs. Feel free to peruse our website and contact us for the best deals.
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