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This excavator is built by Krupp, seen hear crossing a federal highway in Germany en route to its destination (an open-pit coal mine). It is cheaper to move the machine like this than to construct or re-assemble it on-site.

Some specifications:

  • It stands over 95 metres tall
  • It is over 215 metres long (2.5 football fields)
  • It weighs over 45,500 tons (yes that's 45 thousand tons!)
  • It costs $100 million USD
  • It took 5 years to design & manufacture and 5 years to assemble
  • It only Requires 5 people to operate
  • The Bucket Wheel is over 70 feet in diameter with 20 buckets
  • Each of the buckets can hold over 15 cubic metres of material. A 6-foot man can stand up inside one of the buckets.
  • It moves on 12 crawlers (each is 3.6 metres wide, 2.4 metres high and 14 metres long) 8 in front and 4 in back
  • It has a maximum speed of 10m/min
  • It can remove over 76,455 cubic metres of overburden each day

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