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isn't this just cool in that mad evil scientist kinda way?

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ironed_orchid
Sep. 6th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
love the circular saw, that's a beautiful 'I am the Frankenstein's monster of machine tools' sorta touch.
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:28 am (UTC)
yeah, it's the saw that really makes it. it's just seems so... unnecessary.
ironed_orchid
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:38 am (UTC)
what do you cut with a saw like that anyway? Trucks? Buildings?
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
the world.
ironed_orchid
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
of course
shadowsandice
Sep. 6th, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
!

*saves to harddrive*
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
i did that and then emailed it around.
ceret
Sep. 6th, 2004 11:46 pm (UTC)
What the hell *is* that thing?
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2004 12:31 am (UTC)
apparently, it's some sort of mining tool. i can't see it, myself. all i can see is that it tractors alongs and demolishes cities.
shadowsandice
Sep. 7th, 2004 04:25 am (UTC)
Not only that, but it has a sidekick.
capnoblivious
Sep. 7th, 2004 05:03 am (UTC)
Nah, I think that's just a van.
shadowsandice
Sep. 7th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)
It looks like one giant spikey machine with a buzz saw, and a smaller parasite latched on behind it.
capnoblivious
Sep. 7th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh. I thought that was an outgrowth. Not a sidekick, but maybe offspring.
shadowsandice
Sep. 7th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
A mechanoid teratoma!
call_me_robert
Sep. 7th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
If anyone *really* cares, that is what steam shovels have eventually become. I forget the actual name of it; something like a dragline machine, but it is the world's largest version of a crane. They are used for strip mining, and there are actually a few of them in existence. I used to read about them in my construction trades magazines; they are like large ships, in that the crew actually lives on board the thing, eating and sleeping and so forth in shifts. It operates 24/7.

To gain an appreciation for how massive that thing is, you can spot a few derrick crane booms on board the thing; that's right, it is so large it has onboard cranes for lifting up parts and so forth to the different decks.

The back piece, that sort of looks like a tail, is the conveyor belt that transfers the mined material into dump truck beds. I should provide a link to Lift Equipment, but I can't remember it and I'm too lazy.

I wonder what kind of gas mileage that thing gets?
benpeek
Sep. 7th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
actually, i'm strangely fascinated by it, and it just gets worse with the more i learn. people live on it you say?

this thing'd make a seriously cool setting. you could do so much with it.
bodhichitta0
Sep. 7th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
"Die Hard" on a Finnish death machine. I think it has potential.

And I am not surprised at this thing at all. I've had to check out "Monster Machines" in the little people's section of the library. My son thinks the bigger the machine the better. I'm a gardener myself.
call_me_robert
Sep. 7th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
Back with more info...
The Large Bucket Wheel Excavator (#293)

- Stands over 310 feet tall (higher than the Statue of Liberty) (13)
- Is over 700 feet long (2 ½ football fields) (14)
- Weighs over 100 million pounds
- Cost $100 million, took 5 years to design & manufacture and 5 years to assemble on site
- Requires 5 people to operate (including CAT D6R bulldozer operator)
- The Bucket Wheel is over 70 feet in diameter with 20 buckets each of which can hold over 20 cubic yards of material. A 6-foot man can stand up inside one of the buckets. (15,16 & 16.1)
- The “Belt Caddy” is separately operated and has a retractable boom which connects it to the Bucket Wheel Excavator (17, 18, 18.1 & 18.2))
- It moves on 12 crawlers (each is 12’ wide, 8’ high and 45’ long) - 8 in front and 4 in back (19, 20 & 21)
- It can remove over 100,000 cubic yards of overburden each day

If you search for "world's largest excavator" or "bucket wheel excavator", you'll wind up very frustrated and maybe find some of the same information I did, but no really cool links. At least, not yet.

Machine #288 is in New Zealand. Frightening to think they've built nearly 300 of these machines, innit?

There are a couple of cool Lego reconstructions, one even had protestors chained to the buckets, police arrests, even statue defacing over the very hot issue of brown coal mining. Who knew.

Anyway, it was an interesting field trip to embark on. Sorry I couldn't provide more information.
shadowsandice
Sep. 7th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Back with more info...
Oh hey, don't be sorry. That's awesome stuff right there.

(New Zealand isn't that far away. Hmmm.)
benpeek
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC)
Re: Back with more info...
surely australia has one. three hundred int he world--we've got to have one.
benpeek
Sep. 8th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
Re: Back with more info...
that's cool, man. mucho thankness.

i think that they should get all three and have fights. though i don't imagine you can take one very far.
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