Cars are absolutely different. There are some very small cars like smart and also there are really big cars. Really goddamn big cars like these BELAZ ones. They are made for above-ground means, and each of them is a real rock handler.
Many mines in different countries are in need of such trucks, but some of the countries are not so large and machine production isnâ€™t developed so well to make such big and difficult cars. And Belarus machine-building plant BELAZ have lots of its offsprings being exported to different countries of the world every year.
Yeah, thatâ€™s cool, you would say. But how the hell they ship these sturdy trucks? Because an each bird is 35 (!!!) feet long, 25 feet wide and 26 feet high. Well, usually they deliver them by air or by train. Each truck consumes 3 platform-cars of space. And here is some shots of how these BELAZ cars are being assembled:
At first they mount engine with front wheels to the case of a truck. Then installing rear wheels and mounting front axle group. After the platform and front wheelsâ€™ tyres need to be installed. And that is almost all, just a few details and the truck is ready for work. Only cabin, hydraulics and loading platform are left. By the way, loading platforms are shipped to the destination cut into several parts because they’re too heavy and workers of a factory burn them together on the spot.
And the car is steady. Total weight of such a super-duty truck is 130 tonnes (something around 260,000 pounds).
During the first start-up of an each car, engine makes such an awful noise that the human ear can barely stand it.