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Here's the world's largest earth mover, built by Krupp of Germany, crossing a German federal highway en route to its destination, an open-pit coal mine. Want to own one? The price tag alone could wreck your personal budget not mention its maintenance and other expenses.

 

Specifications:

  • 311 feet tall
  • 705 feet long
  • Weighs 45,500 tons
  • Removes 100,000 cubic yards per day
  • Its bucket wheel is over 70 feet in diameter
  • Each of its 20 buckets holds 530 cubic feet
  • Each bucket can hold a 6-foot man standing inside
  • It moves on 8 front tracks and 4 back tracks
  • Each track is 12' wide, 8' high, and 46' long, about the size of a school bus
  • Cost: $100 million each
  • Took 5 years to design and manufacture plus another 5 years to assemble
  • Requires 5 operators
  • Maximum speed 1/3 mile per hour

What would happen if this monster inadvertently tangled with a very large bulldozer?

No contest!

Look up there.

Near the top of the bucket wheel?

See that?

Yep. That's my dozer!
To understand just how high in the air this is, look down at those cars in the distance.

Definitely time for a new dozer!

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