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Biggest Vehicle in the World: Bagger 293

Exactly how big does a land-based vehicle need to be to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as largest in the world? How about 315 feet tall, 740 feet long, and weighing over 31 million pounds?

The Bagger 293 is a giant bucket-wheel excavator built in Germany in 1995. It requires a crew of five to operate and can move over 8.5 million cubic feet of earth per day. To put that in perspective, that is the equivalent of digging a hole the length of a football field and over 80 feet deep in a day.


“Bagger 293” is an easier name than MAN/TAKRAF RB293, the official name given by the manufacturers that built it. Weighing over 31 million pounds, the Bagger 293 isn’t going anywhere fast. It took over three weeks for the excavator to make the 80-mile journey from the factory to the Garzweiler mine it would first call home, traveling at the blistering pace of one kilometer per hour.


How it Works

For excavation, the Bagger 293 uses a large 70-foot rotating wheel at the end of a long arm. This wheel has a series of buckets attached, and as the wheel rotates the buckets pick up the earth and dump it onto a conveyor belt. The conveyor belts will transport the earth to other vehicles for removal to the dumping site.

(Click thumbnails to enlarge)

The Bagger is one of five built by MAN/TAKRAF – all built to serve as excavators. Being as big as they are, they are limited to use in only the largest quarries in the world. Transport is clearly not easy and the cost is extraordinary.

No word on the miles per gallon of these behemoths, but it’s probably safe to say they won’t challenge a Prius in the city.

Satellite image of the Bagger 293 in Germany: click here


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  1. king_hil
    September 25, 2011 at 12:08 | #1

    I concur. The author(s) of this site has the innate ability communicate a topic or idea in a clear and concise manner.

  2. December 1, 2011 at 09:19 | #2

    I really like the first picture of the Bagger 293, it is an incredible machine! You have a nice site here!

  3. StevieB
    March 16, 2012 at 04:10 | #3

    That’s awesome. I love huge machines! Thanks for posting this, and your other articles. Great to browse though and shows just how much is around that I’ve never heard of.

  4. September 28, 2012 at 09:19 | #4

    lol who needs to drive in the city with one of those.

    • MitchH
      May 6, 2013 at 16:01 | #5

      It’s the size of a city! XD

  5. JRBrantley
    November 25, 2012 at 01:45 | #6

    The Bagger 293 made a cameo of sorts in the horrible Ghost Rider 2 : Spirit of Vengeance

  6. Chris
    November 28, 2012 at 07:30 | #7

    I noticed that your articles often lack information about where and what. You only mentioned Germany at the very end. Room for improvement? :)

    • jaheim2012
      June 14, 2013 at 08:44 | #8

      Try the link – you’ll get more “location” information than you can choke on.

  7. Jake
    November 28, 2012 at 20:54 | #9

    Borderlands anyone?

  8. SANNY
    October 13, 2013 at 00:16 | #10

    pic. are good along with needful info. GREAT WORK

  9. Jackson
    April 14, 2014 at 00:13 | #11

    Those are really huge machines! I wonder how much these cost …. when you look at the “common” excavators’ prices like here: http://www.machineryzone.com/used/1/excavators.html

    Well now those machinery look very small :D

    Anyway, great articles on your site! Keep up the good work!

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