Are you looking for a quick way to wash your car? If you have a massive machine with a large bucket like this huge Liebherr mining excavator, you can do it in a matter of seconds. Of course, you would need a large pool of water that’s big enough for the bucket to scoop some out to make this happen as well. You should know that with too much water in the bucket, though, you can do some real damage to your car, as your about to find out.
A Quick Car “Cleaning” Method
The car that’s about to be “cleaned” here is a station wagon. You don’t see very many station wagons in the states anymore, as their popularity has been declining since the 1970s. One of the reasons for this decline is US efficiency regulations. Because SUVs and minivans are classified as light trucks, manufacturers have more of an incentive to make these vehicles than station wagons, which are classified as cars and aren’t as fuel-efficient as other cars. Sport utility vehicles that were similar in size and shape to the station wagon came along later, and this was a further blow to their declining popularity.
This Station Wagon Looks Like a Toy Next to the Liebherr R9800
A station wagon like the one here would be around 15 feet long, 6 feet wide, and a little under 5 feet tall. It would also likely be around 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. That’s not a small car by any means, but it looks tiny next to this huge Liebherr excavator. Liebherr makes several different kinds of excavators including wheeled and crawler excavators, but the one you’ll see is a heavy-duty mining excavator.
Not only is this a mining excavator, but it looks like the biggest one that Liebherr makes–the R9800. Used to load the biggest mining dump trucks, this model weighs over a million pounds, believe it or not. Actually, it’s closer to 2 million pounds at nearly 1.8 million pounds! When you look at its dimensions along with that weight, you’ll understand why the station wagon below looks like a toy next to this massive machine:
- Track length of 35 feet, 6 inches
- 36 feet, 3 inches tall and 28 feet, 9 inches wide
- Total length of about 80 feet with arm not extended
- Max reach of 65 feet, 11 inches
- Max dump height of 35 feet, 9 inches
How Heavy Is the Bucket?
Of course, the key element here is the bucket, which on its own can weigh anywhere from 83,000 to an amazing 172,000 pounds. As far as capacity, it can hold anywhere from 50 to 68 square yards at up to 3,400 pounds per square yard depending on the bucket type. So even the smallest bucket available is more than 20 times heavier than this station wagon. With the amount of water you can fit in that bucket, you can see why this is more of a demolition than a car wash.
Engine and Other Impressive Specs
At this point, you are probably wondering what kind of engine powers such a machine. There are actually a few options to choose from with this model. The standard configuration is not one but two Cummins diesel engines that are 2,000 horsepower each. There’s also an MTU option with engines that generate 1,910 horsepower each. Or, there’s the optional two 2,280 horsepower electric engines. In addition to the engine, here are a few other impressive specs of the Liebherr R 9800:
- Hydraulic tank capacity of 2,642 gallons
- 10 variable flow axial piston pumps
- Max hydraulic pressure of 4,641 psi
- 4,649-gallon fuel tank
Looking at all these crazy specs and seeing the various tall ladders and multiple steps up to the deck and cab, this machine almost seems more like a big slowly moving building than an actual machine. It’s truly the mother of all excavators.
Crushing a Car with Water 101
When you think of all the different ways a car can be crushed, water isn’t one of the first things that comes to mind. But with the amount of H20 being dumped out of this massive bucket, the station wagon really doesn’t stand a chance of remaining intact. Water is one of the most powerful forces of nature, and you’ll get a good sense of what a lot of it moving quickly can actually accomplish. Take a look and see if you are surprised with the extent of the damage done.
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