Like a Colossus: the world’s largest land vehicle

Bagger 293 (TAKRAF type SR 8000) in the Hambach brown coal mine in Germany. Image credit:

Bagger 293, previously known as the MAN TAKRAF RB293, is a giant bucket-wheel excavator made by German industrial company TAKRAF and the Guinness World Record-holder for the largest land vehicle.

Bagger 293 was built in 1995, one of a group of similar sized 'sibling' vehicles, including the Bagger 281 (1958), Bagger 285 (1975), Bagger 287 (1976), Bagger 288 (1978) and Bagger 291 (1993). The machine is owned by RWE Power AG, Germany’s second-largest energy producer.

Bagger 293 is 96 metres tall (highest terrestrial vehicle, size shared with Bagger 288), 225 metres long (same as Bagger 287), weighs 14,200 tonnes, and requires five people to operate.

The bucket-wheel itself is over 21.3 metres in diameter with 18 buckets, each of which can hold over 15 cubic metres of material. It can move 240 000 cubic metres (218 880 tonnes) of soil a day (the same as Bagger 288).

Bucket Wheel Excavator (Bagger 293)

The Bagger 293 is a giant bucket-wheel excavator built in Germany in 1995, and holds the Guinness World Record for the largest land vehicle. Video credit: Largest Dams

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04 Apr 2017

By Robyn Grimsley
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