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Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader - Käppeli

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  689/12
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2013

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Packaging   (max 10)9
Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)21
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)77%


Liebherr L 586 2plus2 Wheel Loader - Käppeli video.
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Liebherr branded box.
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Parked up.
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Detailed engine cover.
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Bucket height is good.
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On the road with a 20ft container for company.
Loading a Volvo A40.
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The Liebherr L 586 2plus2 is a large wheel loader with an operating weight of around 31 tonnes.  The bucket capacity can be up to 5.5m³ 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 5m³ rock bucket. 

It is in the colours of Käppeli, a Swiss family-run firm founded in 1910.


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 and the Käppeli artwork looks very crisp.

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.


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 very good and the Käppeli colour scheme is attractive.


The L 586 is moderate value for a limited edition.


This is a high quality wheel loader from NZG and the Käppeli livery looks nice.  It is highly recommended.


The model was first presented in Liebherr's colours at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.  Many liveries have been produced and this Käppeli version appeared in a run of 300 models in 2013.
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High quality packaging.
Profile view.
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Heavy rear end.
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The tyres have branding in the moulding.
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Windscreen with the debris guard removed.
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Shifting rocks.