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Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader - Hilti

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  689/11
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  September 2012


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Cranes Etc Model Rating
Packaging   (max 10)9
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)78%

Footnotes


Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader - Hilti video.
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Liebherr branded box.
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It's a big machine.
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Lights at the back.
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Detail underneath.
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Tyre designation on the sidewall.
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Protection removed from the windscreen.
Heavy bucket.
Together with a Liebherr PR 764 in Hilti colours.
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.  It is in the colours of Hilti, a construction company based in Liechtenstein.

Packaging

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.

Detail

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 a little off to the painted metal parts. 

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

Features

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.

Quality

This is a high quality model with few plastic parts.  The paintwork and graphics are very good and the Hilti colour scheme is attractive.

Price

The L 586 is good value for a limited edition.

Overall

NZG has done a good job with this wheel loader and the Hilti livery adds interest too.  It is highly recommended.

Footnotes

The model was first presented in Liebherr's colours at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.  Many liveries have been produced and this Hilti version appeared in a run of 300 models in Summer 2012.
 
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High quality packaging.
Profile view
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Decent steering angle.
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Smart Hilti graphics.
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Graphics on the loader arm.
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Parked up ready.
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Very good lifting height.
A good looking wheel loader.