Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Biggest Earth mover in the world-Mega Machine



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)



9 comments:

Excavator said...

Besides actually building that machine I wonder how Krupp got the money to actually build the excavator.

Devon said...

That's the beauty of contracts. You say "Give me 100,000,000 and I'll build you a giant thing!" And then you get a check, and you go off and build something.

Ken said...

is that an entire bulldozer lying sideways after being scooped up?... see first and second pics

Rockon said...

Besides actually building that machine I wonder how Krupp got the money to actually build the excavator.

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