World’s Largest Dump Truck Flattens Land Cruiser
Chances are you will never need a Caterpillar 797 dump truck for any of your projects. Clearing land and hauling off a load full of dirt and debris can be left to your garden-variety type dump trucks. For real muscle that is almost other worldly, look at the Cat 797. It is an absolute monster. Just check out this Cat 797 crushing a Land Cruiser at the bottom of this post.
“How big is it?”, you might ask. Well try on these pants for size and see if you are still up for taking it on a joy ride. It stands just under 24 feet tall. This is it’s resting height with the dump body in the down position. It’s full height tops out at just under 50 feet when the dumb body is lifted. Most one-story buildings are nowhere near that tall! If your home is one story than this beast is twice it’s height.
That should give you some perspective for sure. As for length, the Cat 797 is a little more than 47 feet long. It is longer than most swimming pools at 30 feet wide. The real question though, is “What are they feeding that thing?”, because it weighs a whopping 560,000 pounds. That is with no cargo. Throw in a load of mining ore and you easily top 1,200,000 pounds. (more…)
What does that mean? Well in its simplest form it means stay out of the way. Anything that it comes across will be absolutely flattened. Look at this again. The dump truck does no
What does that mean? Well in its simplest form it means stay out of the way. Anything that it comes across will be absolutely flattened. Look at this again. The dump truck does not lurch, slow down, or give any sort of indication that it is running over something. Nope. It just moves forward at a constant rate of speed regardless of what is in its path. That is power. Oh, we forgot to mention the massive torque that the Cat 797 produces. At just over 12,000 foot-pounds generated by the 24 valve, 117 liter, quad-turbo diesel engine, this thing could haul football and baseball stadiums across town!
The Cat 797 is All “Mine”
Luckily, this beast will never threaten to flatten your Land Cruiser or demolish your city’s downtown district. The Cat 797 was developed for the mining industry. Mining is still alive and well in many parts of the world. Over time, different methods of mining became more efficient. Typically, this involved using machines that were more powerful, and as such, they could mine larger quantities of ore. This means that land diggers and other types of large shovel machines increased in size. A larger shovel always merits a larger bucket and thus the Cat 797 was born. The 797 is quickly becoming the standard for mining production worldwide. The superiority of its engine design featuring air-to-air cooling and the peak performance of its power train transmission make it reliable. Hence, it is one of the more highly sought after pieces of mining equipment. In addition, there are plenty of safety features for the driver. World-class gauges notify the operator instantly if something is awry. The ergonomic layout of its cabin means total comfort for the person behind the wheel.
All controls are positioned within an arms reach making it very easy to use. Customers even have a choice of cabin style. They may choose standard, deluxe cab, or deluxe cold-weather cab depending on their needs. The cabin also features all-around visibility. To make this happen the air cleaners were moved out of the way to the front of the truck. With all of those features, who would not want to give their hand a try at navigating this mountain moving monster? The Cat 797 makes light work of what would otherwise be an extremely hard job. Such as turning a Land Cruiser into a pancake. See below!