Friday, November 03, 2006

Largest Earth Mover in the World



This is the largest earth mover in the world.



Built by the German company, Krupp,and seen here crossing a federal highway in Germany en route to its destination (an open-pit coal mine).



It is cheaper to move the thing like this, than to construct or reassemble onsite.





Specifications:
~ 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.
~ 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)

97 Comments:

At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Saturday, November 04, 2006 1:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So we have 5 people operating it... Forward, back, left, right, digshit!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 1:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You spell a mower with a W mover means one that moves.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Photoshop is your friend.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Siddhartha Gandhi said...

amazing!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:35:00 PM, Blogger Avatar Palin said...

Meh.... it isn't that big hehe

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy smokes, that thing is huge. What the heck would you need to move using something like this?

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 2:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does it get for gas mileage? Seriously- I wonder!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats amazing, i want one.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"~ It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.(100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)"

...and yet; that thing still wouldn't be able to dig us out of the quagmire that has become Iraq.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:17:00 PM, Blogger Flamekebab said...

Very cool, I'd love to see the real thing.

However, I don't suppose you could provide the statistics for it in metric measurements, could you?

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It feels like there should be a rammstein song about this

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It feels like there should be a rammstein song about this

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:23:00 PM, Blogger Scottman25 said...

It feels like there should be a rammstein song about this

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:23:00 PM, Blogger Scottman25 said...

It feels like there should be a rammstein son a bout this

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but what's the mileage?

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 3:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the MPG on a puppy like this?

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 4:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy tamale thats a spicy meatball

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 4:36:00 PM, Anonymous eric said...

That is very very interesting, I think.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 4:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's beautiful. Really. An amazing feat of modern engineering.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 4:52:00 PM, Blogger dbitsolutions said...

It's beautiful. Really. An amazing feat of modern engineering.

 
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At Saturday, November 04, 2006 5:20:00 PM, Anonymous Nick said...

I want to see Godzilla take that thing on.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 5:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that thing! It's so huge... :)

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Crap!!!!!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:27:00 PM, Blogger Me said...

Wow that is a crazy looking machine.....

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF that is crazy. wonder if they even have enough dump trucks for it!!!!.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 7:24:00 PM, Blogger Phil said...

That is ridiculous...

and hey, you're on the digg homepage :)
http://digg.com/hardware/Largest_Earth_Mover_in_the_World

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 7:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They tried these in the US, but failed due to rocks in the overburden.

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 8:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My rich neighbour has one of those

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 9:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.(100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)

76,455 (cubic meters) = 100,000 cubic yards
100,000 dump tucks * 40 yds = 4,000,000 yards...

Just curious if I've made an error here. I only question because my father's earth moving company set some sort of record by moving 600,000 yards of dirt in one day in Souther California. 4 million would be incredible!

 
At Saturday, November 04, 2006 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous DP said...

ooohhhh, can it TRANSFORM? :D

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 12:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Sunday, November 05, 2006 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

astonishing. good find.

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 2:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy jesus mother of God, that thing is a monster, props to the designer thou on the idea of it, and all the people that made and put it together!!

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 5:52:00 AM, Blogger chewtoy eleven said...

This thing reminds me of the big spider in the movie Wild Wild West. It also reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle. Either way it is awestriking.

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 11:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wait till they take the governer of that bad boy

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 11:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

god any liberal who brings up the war in iraq in a fuckign picture that has nothing to do with the war should b run over by that fucking thing. and that thing is badass by the way

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous El muy titereateado y tijereteado pairino said...

If you do the conversion and the arithmetic, the scoop will fill a mere 2500 40-cubic-yard trucks a day !

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 4:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Sunday, November 05, 2006 4:58:00 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Picture #4 is NOT the same machine as the rest of the pics, you can see the bucket wheel and the upper rigging towers are different totaly.

another note is that these type of rigs run on Electric Power, I work in a surface pit coal mine operation in the states and all of the Cross pit spreaders and Drag lines run on trail cables that carry 40Kv to each unit. The largest Drag Line we have moves about 95 square yards of material a scoop and the pit has 4 of those drag lines in it.

 
At Sunday, November 05, 2006 6:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich people buy these with the money they used to pay their capital gains tax with.

 
At Monday, November 06, 2006 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a car accident with my mom's minivan, i wonder who would win...

that thing is like really, really big,

what do you do when it breaks down?

 
At Monday, November 06, 2006 10:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in a car accident with my mom's minivan, i wonder who would win...

that thing is like really, really big,

what do you do when it breaks down?

 
At Monday, November 06, 2006 1:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's the mother I think it is, it's used for mining lignite from open-cast mines in Garzweiler near Cologne in Germany.

Within a few square miles there are 3 or 4 open-cast mines and 4 existing power stations with a new one called BoA 2/3 being built (it will have 2x1 gigawatt generators and the boiler houses and cooling towers are nearly 200m high).

The whole area is full of lignite and because lignite is 50% water, it's too expensive to transport so they build all the power plants nearby and supply them with a private railway.

When a mine is empty, the drive the excavator a couple of miles down the road (as shown above) and start digging again.

The digger is owned by RWE and there are some more picture here:
http://www.olivepixel.com/misc/beast/beast.htm

 
At Monday, November 06, 2006 3:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that thing real?

 
At Thursday, November 09, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much gas does it take?

 
At Friday, November 10, 2006 6:59:00 PM, Anonymous Clinton Gallagher said...

Men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin used to hold the honors of having built the largest machines in the world.

The 4th photo from the top clearly shows a different Bucket Wheel than other photos as it has been pointed out.

Like a circular saw which may have 10 teeth per inch or 16 teeth per inch to determine the amount of material cut up when the blade turns the same principle must apply to the Bucket Wheel.

Despite what the narrative describes, the 4th photo shows there are different Bucket Wheels that can be used to enable greater or lessor cuts through the soil.

Finally, there's one more clue that can be observed in the 4th photo that proves different Bucket Wheels can be used. I'll leave that last clue to some other detective :-)

 
At Friday, November 10, 2006 7:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was one of those at a monster truck show I went to once

 
At Friday, November 10, 2006 8:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buckets are facing opposite direction in picture #4. Why is this?

 
At Saturday, November 11, 2006 12:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm ... can I use that thing on my ex-wife? :-)

 
At Monday, November 13, 2006 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Picture #4 is not the same earth mover -- look at the towers and other clues.

 
At Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:05:00 AM, Anonymous kral said...

What a huge mover this one! It's very interesting!

 
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At Wednesday, February 07, 2007 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my penis is bigger than that

 
At Thursday, February 08, 2007 10:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool machine

 
At Thursday, February 08, 2007 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy s***! What the heck! That thing is huge!

 
At Thursday, February 08, 2007 4:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoa

 
At Friday, April 13, 2007 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Bob said...

Somebodies math doesn't add up. "It can remove over 76,455 cubic meters each day.(100,000 large dump trucks at 40yds. each)"

2000 40 cubic meter dump trucks is more like it

 
At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree someone’s math is really bad. 76,455 cu meters equals about 100,000 cu yds. If you have 100,000 @ 40 cu yds trucks that would be 4,000,000 cu yds which is 3,058,220 cu meters which does not equal 76,455 cu meters.

 
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At Monday, January 21, 2008 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Dan said...

this is the final boss in ferngully

 
At Tuesday, April 22, 2008 12:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the 100,000m3 is a total for the strip mine in which this monster works. Do a google earth (or whatever map program you use) search for Tagebau Hambach, Germany. Check out the strip mine just to the east of there... a friend and I counted at least 8 of those monsters, maybe more, working in one mine. I'd guess the 100,000 comes as a total of their efforts. But just the same, it looks like they use huge conveyor belts, not dump truck, so who knows exactly. You want a big number, think about the 100 mil. times however many of those things they actually have out there. If you use google earth you can see pictures of the things up close, as well as the huge scab of a strip mine they work in. Simply incredible.

 
At Friday, June 13, 2008 5:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

now i know the end of the world

 
At Saturday, August 02, 2008 9:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's only a model...

 
At Friday, October 17, 2008 10:18:00 PM, Blogger nipun said...

i have 50 machines like this but the machines r little bit smaller in size.

 
At Sunday, November 02, 2008 5:16:00 PM, Blogger Luke H said...

It doesn't get mileage per gallon - it plugs in!

 
At Thursday, February 05, 2009 7:53:00 AM, Blogger There are some who call me... Tim said...

I think it is the Discovery Channel that has the "Big Machines" show, and this was featured along with other huge mofos the dig and move dirt.

"Impressive" is an understatement.

 
At Saturday, April 11, 2009 10:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monstrous...the bigger the technology, the bigger the impact...kinda sad and ugly I think

 
At Monday, April 13, 2009 6:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if this was built by Africans?
Oh, sorry, I forgot - I thought they were "just as intelligent as white people"
LOL.

 
At Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw a newsletter at work,didn't believe it, googled it - wicked!!

 
At Monday, August 10, 2009 10:30:00 PM, Anonymous Skendorian Department of Defence said...

Ok. I would like to acquire about 5 of these for the Skendorian Military. Name one of them the H.M.S Shread n Tear

 
At Tuesday, September 08, 2009 8:01:00 PM, Anonymous gate valves said...

this machine is the mother of all the ugliest machines ever.

 
At Thursday, September 24, 2009 6:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! That is a big earthmover! Godzilla! I can't sell it earthmover tires It's like a tank for King Kong!

 
At Friday, October 23, 2009 1:20:00 AM, Blogger count said...

but, will it mow my lawn!

 
At Friday, October 23, 2009 1:22:00 AM, Blogger count said...

i keep mine tarped in the garage. the wife HATES that!

 
At Friday, October 23, 2009 1:25:00 AM, Blogger count said...

hey! it looks like one of those transformers! ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!

 
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At Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:52:00 PM, Anonymous I said...

That is awesome.

 
At Sunday, January 31, 2010 6:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how come my knex set would never do this?

 
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At Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous Rockon said...

An amazing feat of modern engineering.

 
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At Saturday, January 22, 2011 11:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing

 
At Monday, January 31, 2011 12:22:00 PM, Anonymous used bucket trucks said...

This is amazing. I saw a big digger called Big Brutus that has been retired. It was used to dig mines in the mid 1900's. It was huge but, i'm sure it was nothing compared to this one. I wonder if they use <a href="http://www.buckettruckblogger.com>bucket trucks</a> to get high enough to clean it.

 
At Thursday, April 28, 2011 5:51:00 PM, Blogger Buy and Sell Cars for Profit said...

This thing looks awesome. I wanna get behind the wheel of this thing sooo bad.

I can't imagine how big of a hole this thing can dig. Really impressive and awe inspiring.

 
At Friday, August 05, 2011 5:10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy crap that's huge , I wonder how it would be if you stay in top of it ....:)

 
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