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Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  689
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  November 2010

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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)12
Overall   (max 100)79%


The Liebherr L 586 2plus2 with excellent rock tyres.
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Liebherr branded box.
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Heavy looking rock bucket.
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Lights at the back.
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The lift height for the bucket is very good.
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Front axle details look the part.
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The floating rear axle allows huge movement and still keep all the tyres on the ground.
The Liebherr L 586 2plus2 is the largest wheel loader currently made by Liebherr and it has an operating weight of around 31 tonnes.  The bucket capacity can be up to 5.5m and the tipping load is over 20 tonnes.  It has hydrostatic drive technology and is noted for its efficiency and fuel economy.

The model configuration reflects a rock quarry application with a protection grille, Good Year rock tyres and 5m rock bucket.


The L 586 comes in a nice Liebherr box, with an opening flap which reveals the model sitting within foam rubber.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

A simple instruction sheet describes how the debris guard can be removed from the windscreen, and a couple of wooden pointers are provided to help with the task.


Underneath, the detail is quite good with prop shafts and differentials modelled.  The wheels have very good metal hubs and it is particularly pleasing to see that the heavily treaded tyres have 'Good Year' and the type designation moulded into the side walls.

The cab detailing is nice with windscreen wipers and mirrors and the tinted glass is reproduced well inside delicate looking frames.  The grab rails around the top of the cab are plastic.  The access steps have a textured surface and have excellent fine gauge metal hand rails on each side.  The plastic debris guard looks realistic.

At the rear the engine cover has some excellent grilles and other details within the casting.

The loader arms look authentic and some of the lift cylinders have hydraulic lines running to them although the colour match of the cylinder jackets is slightly off to the painted metal parts. 

The bucket is really nice with very good teeth and wear plates.


The rear axle has significant amount of pivot so it can be posed running over very rough terrain with all tyres grounded.  The wheels share a common axle so they tend to turn as pairs.

The articulation to allow steering works well and an angle of about 30 can be obtained.

At the front the loader arms can lift the bucket to above the cab height and a good tipping angle can be obtained.  The cylinders are stiff and hold any pose set.

The debris guard on the cab is removable.


This is a high quality model with few plastic parts.  The paintwork and graphics are crisply done and look smart.


The L 586 is very good value.


This is another very pleasing Liebherr model by NZG.  Some of the detailing is very good and it is a faithful copy of the real machine and is highly recommended.


The model was presented at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.  A version in the colours of Hilti is reviewed here.
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High quality packaging.
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Very good metal hand rails.
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Detail underneath.
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Well detailed engine cover.
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Good tipping angle.
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The cab with the debris guard removed.
A good load on a Rogers Trailer.