Top 7 biggest mining excavators in the world

Top 7 biggest mining excavators in the world

Massive machines. This is the least we can say about the world’s heftiest mining excavators out there. Some of these beasts can weigh more than 800 tonnes, especially the models we have to show to you today. Meet the top seven biggest hydraulic mining excavators on the planet and once you are done go view some of our small gold mining equipment including a cone crusher review & a jaw crusher technical explanation. 

1. Bucyrus RH400


Weights almost 889 tonnes

The world’s biggest hydraulic excavator is currently owned by Caterpillar but was originally launched by Terex, in Germany, in 1997.

2. Hitachi EX8000-6

Weighs 811 tonnes

The Hitachi EX8000-6, available with both shovel and backhoe attachments, was launched in 2012 by Hitachi Construction Machinery and is currently the second largest hydraulic excavator in the world. You will also find a complete ball mill operating guide.

3. Liebherr R9800


Weights 810 tonnes

This excavator was built by Liebherr at its Colmar factory in France in 2008 and is available with a shovel attachment or a backhoe attachment.

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4. Demag H740 OS

Top 7 biggest mining excavators in the world

Weights around 744 tonnes

The Demag H740 OS excavator, created in 1999 and specially designed for the abrasive oil sands works of KMC Mining in Canada, is the fourth biggest mining machine. It is so large, it cannot feed most old jaw crushers.

5. Komatsu PC8000-6

Weights up to 710 tonnes

The fifth-largest hydraulic mining excavator is available with both shovel (like those used in metal detecting) and backhoe attachments.

6. Liebherr R 996 B


Weights up to 672 tonnes

The R 996 B, produced by the equipment manufacturer Liebherr, is number six in the world.

7. Hitachi EX5600-6

Weights up to 537 tonnes

Launched in 2012, the Hitachi EX5600-6 is the seventh biggest hydraulic mining excavator on the planet. It succeeded the EX5500-6 model.

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