Monday, May 01, 2006

Boys Toys

This is amazing. I can not cite a source because I did not see one. But you have to check this out.

~ The mover stands  311 feet tall and 705 feet long.
~ It weighs over 45,500 tons
~ Cost $100 million to build
~ Took 5 years to design and manufacture
~ 5 years to assemble. 
~ Requires 5 people to operate it. This amazes me, only 5 people.
~ The Bucket Wheel is over 70 feet in diameter with 20 buckets, each of which can hold over 530 cubic feet of material.  A 6-foot man can stand up inside one of the buckets. 
~ It moves on 12 crawlers
(each is 12 feet wide, 8' high and 46 feet long). 
There are 8 crawlers in front and 4 in back. 
~It has a maximum speed of 1 mile in 3 hours (1/3 mile/hour).
~ It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.
(100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)

This is a bull dozer that got stuck in the bucket wheel. Nice perspective on the damn size of the thing.

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