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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=78179
Submitted by: Low-Tech Redneck
Comments: 6  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 03-24-2009
View Stats Category: Other Vehicle
"Big Muskie" - This Bucyrus-Erie Model 4250W dragline crane was the only one of it's kind ever built. It's bucket had a 350 ton capacity, enough to move 220 cubic yards of material at a time. From 1969 until it's retirement in 1991, it's estimated this machine moved a total of 608 MILLION cubic yards of material in coal mining operations


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3-24-2009 @ 03:16:23 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Why is this considered a vehicle? Well, this rig was actualy self-mobile. See those red ski-like things under it? That's a pair of hydraulic "feet", it simply used them to walk from place to place. Sadly, it was scrapped in 1999 as changes in environmental laws made it impossible to strip mine on the scale it had been built for. The only part that survives today is the bucket, preserved in an Ohio public park.

3-24-2009 @ 06:17:57 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#1, That's interesting. We have big ass excavators in Poland too, but they use tracks to move around.

3-24-2009 @ 06:43:32 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#2, This one simply weighed too much for tracks, there were dozens of large-scale draglines like this that operated in the US from the 50's into the 90's, when basicaly they all became obsolete and were cut up for scrap.

3-24-2009 @ 05:33:15 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
It's a shame it was scrapped....the thing is certainly impressive. Then again, I guess it's just too damn big to preserve on any kind of reasonable level. Hell, it's bigger than most buildings.

3-25-2009 @ 02:53:33 AM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
Big Muskie's bucket, on display


When the time came to scrap it, workers had to use explosive demolition charges to sever the bucket from the steel support cables, which were 3 and 1/4'' thick

3-25-2009 @ 10:24:40 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
*pours 40 on curb*

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