Top 10 Mega Machines

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Machines have really changed our lives to great extent.  Work that took days is now done in hours or may be minutes.  As the size of the job increased so did the size of machines. Today we rounded up top 10 mega machines.

10. E-126-type wind turbines

In modern era optimization of energy is one of the most important issue. Well if its electrical energy then install one of these E-126 wind turbines and one can forget about shortage. The E-126 is the world largest wind turbine. One of these turbines can support up to 1776 American houses. That almost 11,256 kWh per year per house. It is the upgraded version of E-112 which was the former largest wind turbine and it is capable of produce 6+ MW of electricity per year. The design of rotors gives better efficiency.


Rotor diameter 126 meters (413 feet)
Capacity 6+ MW
Energy 938 kwh per home per

9. Big Bud

Tractors are amongst the most important tools for a farmer. They help in ploughing and bigger the size of Plough the quicker the job is done and that mean more money for the farmer.  Big Bud 747 was the largest tractor in the world. It was built by Ron Harmonn’s crew of the Northern Manufacturing Company in Montana in 1977 for deep plowing on farms. The tractor weighs over 45 tons. Some companies have built even bigger tractors. The tractor measures 27 feet long, 20 feet wide and 14 feet tall. The tires bare 8 feet in diameter. The Big Bud is still in service although some maintaince work has been done on her.


Weight 45 tons.
Horsepower 900 hp
Engine 16-cylinder Detroit Diesel
Rate 1 acre every minute
Top speed 8 mph
Gear 6 forward and 1 reverse gear

8. Big Kate (Bucyrus Erie 2570-W Walking Dragline)

Draglines are used for mining purposed and also the small sized versions are used by civil engineers all over the world. The machine has a bucket suspended by a boom (a truss like structure) and the bucket once filled with material is manoeuvred and the material is taken to desired place. The Big Kate was manufactured in 1971 and is still working today. Draglines are amongst the largest machine built by man. She performs her duty with no worries, the massive size makes her able to carry much in no time thus becoming very time and cost efficient machine.


Bucket Capacity 100 cubic yards
Boom Length 310 feet
Boom Angle 35 Degrees
Maximum Suspended Load 550,000 lbs
Overall Weight 10.4 Million lbs
Approximate Speed 0.15 mph
Digging Depth 140 ft
Operators Double Operators Cab

7. NASA Crawler Transporter

NASA is one of the largest companies working in the world and her stash is full of wonderful toys that amazes the world. They needed their shuttles to be transported from one point to another and for this purpose NASA unleashed one of her biggest toys ever “The Crawler Transporter”. Crawler transporters are a two tracked vehicles that transport spacecraft from NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Complex 39. They were originally used to transport the Saturn IB and Saturn V rockets during the Apollo, Skylab and Apollo–Soyuz programs but now they are used to transport the Space Shuttle. They will carry the Ares I and Ares V rockets for the constellation program too. The crawler transporters carry vehicles on the Mobile Launcher Platform, and after each launch return to the pad to take the platform back to the VAB.


Horsepower has 16 traction motors, powered by four 1,341 horsepower
In turn driven by two 2,750 horsepower alco diesel engines
Fuel capacity old 5,000 US gallons of diesel
Fuel consumption 350 liters per kilometer

6. D-575A-3 of Komatsu

The bigger the better is a very common phrase and it fits well when it comes to bull-dozing. The bigger, more earthly material they can shoved around. Watching a bull dozer work is not a special sight but it becomes one if the D-575A-3 is working on the site. It the worlds biggest and most powerful (production) bulldozer. It is reliable, equipped with advanced technology, advance hydraulic system, power train, frame thus making it quiet a treat. The ripper’s depth can be set manually, it can tear up solid rock and concrete with ease. It is designed for some serious rubble moving.


Height 16 feet tall
Length 41 feet long
Blade coverage blade covers 90 cubic yards
Horse power 1150 HP engine

5. Herrenknecht EPB Shield S-300

Tunneling is one the most difficult construction job. The harsh conditions while working inside really make a difference. Temperature is high, lack of oxygen and of course the worker has to put in a whole lot effort to even do a little. But all this use to happen in past. Herrenknecht EPB Shield S-300 is a mega tunnel boring machine built to excavate a road tunnel in Madrid in 2005.  It is the biggest tunnel excavating machine ever built. Not only it churches stones and bedrock it’s excavating but it also pulverizes everything to pebbles and ships it to the rear by a huge conveyer belt. It only requires a few operators and does the job much faster than the traditional way.


Diameter The s-288 and s- 289 models have diameter of 8.23m each
Performance Up to 187.5m and 208.5m per week

4. Claw (Terex RH400)

People used shovels to excavate and it took them a lot of time. Excavation is a part of almost every construction project and “The Claw” does this job without sweating. Terex RH400 is the worlds largest hydraulic shovel. It has the working ability of scooping up about 9900 tons of material ever hour which is a world record for any vehicle in its class. Hydraulic system of this machine holds 3400 Gallons of fluid, and because it can work in extreme conditions there are several devices to pre-heat the engine oil. There is a 1000 liter capacity pump holding grease for the regular automatic joint greasing. Too much friction on can damage the machine.

The shovel can hold 85 tons of material in a single scoop and its own weight is 80 tons and the hydraulic arm that lifts the combined weight of 165 tons is held in by a strong metal pin, the metal pin weighs a mere 3 tons. It only takes between 3 to 5 scoops to fill up 240 to 400 ton mining trucks.


Working ability 9900 tons of material
Weight 1078 Tons
Single scoop 94 tons

3.Behemoth (Leibherr T 282 B Haul Truck)

If you are looking to carry a whole lot material from one site to another and need it to be done quick then look no further because Behemoth is the best at it. It is currently carrying 360 tons of iron ore from blast site to crushers at Sishen Mine. Under harsh hot climate it makes your journey from site to site easy as it is the biggest AC drive truck. The T 282 B is the world’s biggest diesel-electric truck on two axles and six wheels.


Max payload 400 tons
Max speed 68 km/h
Cost $6 million
Wheel height 4 m

2. Airbus A300/600 Beluga

It is probably not the most beautiful aircraft that you would find standing in an airfield but when it comes to transfer cargo the Airbus A300/600 is amongst the best money can buy. Named after a whale that is renowned for its freakishly large forehead the Beluga can muscle up to 51 tons of cargo in her belly. The original name of the aircraft was Super Transporter but later it was changed.


Length 56.15 m
Span 44.84 m
Height 17.24 m
Range (40 ton payload) 2,779 km
Cargo volume 1,210 m³
Cargo capacity 51 tons

1.Bagger 288

Ladies and gentlemen meet bagger 288, the worlds largest digging machine. Its shear size is unimaginable. This thing took digging to a whole new level. It was built by the German company Krupp for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun. The coal excavated by this beast currently in one day fills 2400 coal wagons. In February 2001, the Bagger had completely exposed the coal source at the Tagebau Hambach mine and was no longer needed there. In three weeks it made a 22 kilometer (14 mile) trip to the Garzweiler mine traveling across Autobahn 61, a railroad line, and several roads. The move cost nearly 150 million and required a team of seventy workers. It can excavate a football field 98 ft deep in a day.


Height 95 meters
Length 215 meters
Weight 45,500 tons
Maximum digging speed 10 meters per minute
Performance Can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day
Travelling speed (0.1 to 0.6 km/h)
Energy requirements Operation requires 16.56 megawatts of externally supplied electricity.

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