Tuesday’s marvels of engineering: World's Tallest Mobile Crane
LTM 11200-9.1 Source: Liebherr

The LTM 11200-9.1 is both the strongest and tallest telescopic crane in the world, lifting up to 1,200 tons (that’s 2,645,000 pounds or 12 adult Blue Whales, depending on who’s counting).

Its eight-part telescoping boom extends up to 328 feet (50 feet taller than the last record holder) and, with the addition of a lattice jib, has a maximum lift height of 630 feet, more than 50 stories high!

Though, despite its 445,000 pounds of counter-weight, when the LTM 11200 is picking up 2 million+ pounds, it can only extend about eight feet laterally without tipping.

Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1
Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1
Source: Liebherr

The crane is powered by a separate 6-cylinder 240kW engine (in addition to the 500kW engine that runs the 65-foot, 9-axle carrier). Its 100 ton boom is as long as the truck itself and actually has to be shipped separately when moving job sites. Luckily, the carrier isn’t much wider than a normal big rig, which means that it can travel where other large cranes can’t—like into fields, where the wind turbines live.

Technical data:

Max. load capacity

1,200 t

At radius

2.50 m

Telescopic boom from

18.30 m

Telescopic boom up to

100.00 m

Lattice jib from

6.5 m

Lattice jib up to

126.0 m

Drive engine/make


Drive engine


Drive engine/power

500 kW

Number of axles


Crane engine/make


Crane engine


Crane engine/power

270 kW

Drive/Steering standard

18 x 8 x 18

Driving speed

75.00 km/h

Total ballast

202.00 t


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