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3 Things You Didn't Know about the Liebherr R 9800 Excavator

Liebherr wasnt messing around when it created the R 9800 excavator.Weighing in at an astonishing 800 tons, this gargantuan piece of machinery exemplifie...

|Nov 11|magazine5 min read

Liebherr wasn’t messing around when it created the R 9800 excavator.

Weighing in at an astonishing 800 tons, this gargantuan piece of machinery exemplifies the motto “go big or go home.” The excavator - turned beast mode - has built a solid reputation for large-capacity mining operations, capable of handling the most challenging mining tasks.

And while you may think you know everything about Liebherr’s R 9800 excavator, you have no idea. Here are three facts about the world’s largest excavator you didn’t know.

1.) Engine options

Equipped with two massive 16-cylinder V-engines, the R 9800 excavator is able to produce 4,000 hp. But did you know the company offers alternative engine options?

Customers can choose from the Cummins 16V QSK 60 series, the MTU 12V 4000 series, and even an electric powered version. Everyone likes having options.

2.) Fuel consumption radically reduced

While the R 9800 is drastically larger than other excavators, its fuel consumption is quite small. A typical excavator requires roughly 20,000 liters of fuel per day. The R 9800, which is 30 percent bigger than other excavators, only consumes 15 percent more fuel than other models.

In addition to using less fuel, the world’s largest mining excavator provides a reduced operating downtime with easy, safe and ergonomic serviceability. Less fuel equals more power!

3.) Built-in safety features

In terms of safety, Liebherr has you covered. The R 9800 is designed to guarantee protection and security for miner with built-in safety features such as a secured stairway for the top structure, high railings on specific angles and an abundance of service lights positioned on every service point possible.