Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Super-Excavator

I've worked with various types of construction equipment for over 11 years. Not operated, just worked with and around.

Often the most impressive are the excavators. A really good operator can use the arm and scoop like an extension of their body. I've seen some extremely dexterous moves in my time. But I've never seen anything quite on this scale.

This thing is huge. According to this article, the machine is 800 tons and has a bucket capacity of 11,000 gallons. With an approximate weight of 8 pounds per gallon, that means that car got hit with close to 44 tons of water in about a second.

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