- The machine is up to 220 m (721 ft) long and approximately 96 m (315 ft) high
- It weighs 13,500 tons
- It can excavate 240,000 tons of coal or 240,000 cubic meters of overburden daily – the equivalent of a football field dug to 30 m (98 ft) deep.
- The large surface area of the tracks means the ground pressure of the Bagger 288 is very small (17.1 N/cm2 or 24.8 psi). This allows the excavator to travel over gravel, earth and even grass without leaving a significant track.