HomeWelcomeReviewsEditorials/PressReferenceShopping MallLinksPhoto ArchiveSearchContact
Liebherr A954 Wheeled Handler

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2839
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  May 2005

Conrad Index
Materials Handling Index

Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)15
Features   (max 20)12
Quality   (max 25)15
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)60%


A simple but effective model.
The box.
In transport mode the boom cannot fold right down.
'I'm just going to test the grab hydraulics now'
This model represents the type of machine usually seen in docks and metal recycling plants rather than on construction sites.


It is supplied in the typical Liebherr picture sleeve box which holds together two expanded polystyrene trays.  The review model was securely packed and undamaged.


The very solid undercarriage is dominated by the large slick tyres which suit the model very well.  Four outriggers are provided and these are all metal, including the pads.  In fact the only plastic on this part of the model are the black wheel hubs.

The body of the machine is a large metal casting topped by a plastic engine cover.  Around the body casting details are fine including louvres and other surface features.  At the cab some plastic steps are provided and the cab itself has some very good casting details including door handles and hinges.  Inside, the cab is reasonably detailed with steering wheel and seat.  Plastic hydraulic hosing runs from the body to the base of the boom.

The boom is two piece with cast-in hydraulic hose details.  Four plastic lights are provided which fit into holes in the lower boom section.  Unfortunately these lights are solid plastic and would be improved significantly with some kind of representation of lenses.  At the end of the boom a choice of two tools can be fitted, a shovel and a grab.  The shovel is substantially a metal piece and looks very effective.  The grab however is an entirely plastic piece and although it looks good it does not have the same feel of quality as the shovel.


One of the two axles steers and a good hard lock can be obtained.  This axle also floats on a pivot providing a form of suspension.  The outriggers can be lowered and they support the machine well.

The body rotates and the boom can be configured in almost any position.  Both the shovel and the grab can be posed in open or closed positions.


The model has a solid feel and detailing is good.  The paintwork and lettering is also of good quality.


The model is reasonable value for money.


The strong point of this model is the ability to pose it in many different ways.  It can also be mounted on a suitable low loader to make an impressive load.


The model was first introduced in 1999 and this version had a yellow undercarriage.  The later version had a grey undercarriage as shown in the model review photos.  The model disappeared from Conrad's on-line catalogue in February 2006.  In the 3rd quarter 2006 NZG model 648 was introduced which was a 'high rise' version denoted the A954C HD.
The model in the tray.
Machine stands quite tall.
Attachments with pin.
Sturdy outriggers and fat slick tyres.