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Liebherr LH 80 Material Handler

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  810
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2013

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Detail   (max 30)23
Features   (max 20)15
Quality   (max 25)22
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)78%


Liebherr LH 80 Material Handler Video
Large Liebherr box.
Cab elevated.
Underneath there is some detailing of the transmission.  Slick tyres are nice.
Orange peel grapple is a nice metal part.
Very nice cab.
Travelling on the wheels.
Big boom and stick.
Grabbing bits of 'steel'.
Comment on this model.

The Liebherr LH 80 is a material handling machine with an operating weight of between 76 and 78 tonnes.  It is aimed at the scrap and timber handling markets, and also ship unloading.  The multi-tine grapple has a capacity of 1.4 - 1.7m.  The machine features an optional energy recovery system to recycle energy when the boom is lowered.

The LH 80 was the first model in Liebherr's LH series machines, and the scale model was announced at the BAUMA 2013 show.


The model comes in a large Liebherr branded box containing two trays.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

There is no information about the real machine and no instructions for the model. 

Assembly is limited to attaching the grapple using a pin, and this is easy to do.


The undercarriage is largely the same as that on the Liebherr A 954 C HD model.  It has a heavy construction with some transmission details modelled underneath.  The solid rubber slick tyres are mounted on very detailed hubs.  Each side has a metal access platform with a nicely represented non-slip surface.

The access platform outside the cab is metal with an excellent fine mesh surface.  The cab is modelled with a nice interior, and there are mirrors, an aerial, wipers and tinted windows.  A full bank of plastic cables run from the cab to the body.

The body is nicely modelled with the curved shape enhanced by sharp graphics and careful paint highlighting.  At the rear is a video camera and fine grab rails and handrails surround the top. 

Soft hydraulic hoses run to the boom and up the top side of the boom and connect to the cylinders.  The additional connection points for the main lift cylinders have been modelled and the larger energy-recovering gas cylinder is modelled too. 

The boom and stick are mainly metal with a couple of graphics to add detail  and there are lights modelled on the boom.

The grapple has five sections and is a nice metal part.


The wheels roll well with the steering axle able to achieve an angle of around 30°.

The outriggers on the undercarriage can be lowered and they are stiff enough to hold the model 'wheels-free'.  The metal pads are pinned and move on the beams.

The upper carriage rotates, and the cab elevates with the cylinders stiff enough to hold any pose.

The range of movement on the boom and stick is good.  However although the boom folds horizontal the stick does not fully fold in so the model cannot be displayed as a viable transport load.

The grapple rotates and fully opens and closes.


As usual for NZG this is a very well made model with sparing use of plastic.

The paint and graphics are very good.


It is a good value.


NZG has produced a high quality model of the LH 80.  Some additional tools such as a magnet and clamshell would have been nice, and it is a pity it cannot be displayed in transport mode.  Nonetheless it is highly recommended.


The model first appeared at the BAUMA exhibition in 2013. 

Standing around chatting.
Profile view.
Metal outrigger beam and pads.
Hydraulic hoses run to the top of the outer lift rams.  The larger central ram is gas-filled and is used to recover energy.
Undercarriage is large and detailed.
Mass of hydraulic hoses.
Curved body shape is modelled well, with finely painted lights.
Impressively large.