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Matt Aker

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« on: June 13, 2008, 12:58:34 PM »

And it AIN'T a Tonka!  Since my B-day isn't too far off I'd better get to werk diggin' a giant hole in my back yard...
Cuz' I want one
 

 
An officially licensed model of a Bucyrus 8750 Walking Dragline in 1/50th scale!  It measures nearly 10' long and is over 5' tall at the flag pole! 
 

http://www.collectiblereviews.net/TWH_SPECIFICATIONS_SHEETS/bucytus/TWH087Bucyru875Dragline/index.htm
 

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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 03:03:06 PM »

Here's a pic of the real one fer comparison
 

 
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 04:21:39 PM »

Should get one of those for Snotty, be handy when he digs into the shrimp buffet. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 06:32:20 PM »

From Fort MacMurray Alberta.Used in the oil sands,eh?

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2008, 08:09:25 PM »

When the oil sands were first developed, the bitumen was very close to the surface so they used drag lines to first strip the overburden and then to load the bitumen on long conveyor belts for processing.  However this was expensive and with world oil prices at the time being around $30 they switched to monster shovels and super dump trucks to get their price down to around $27-$28 a barrel.  I've seen estimates that about 75% of the bitumen is buried deep enough that other recovery methods will be needed to get at it so soon even the big shovels will be gone. Monster dragline's are usually found these days working strip mines for things like coal. I remember, while I was still at Queens', reading about one I think was called something like Monster Muskie.  This was around '69 or '70 and it was  the largest dragline in  the world. It was for a coal operation somewhere in the US.


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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2008, 08:17:07 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008, 02:23:16 AM »


I couldn't even climb all those stairs to make it to the operator's room!!

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008, 09:25:40 AM »

Yes, Big Muskie built in '69, guess my memory is still partially functional! 

It's hard to visualize a machine as wide as an 8 lane highway with a bucket that weights 230 tons empty that can move 220 yards (5940 cu ft) of dirt weighing 325 tons (650,000 lbs) and do it repeatedly in 90 second cycles.  What's even more amazing is what has happened to our purchasing power over the last 39 years. At $25M in '69, I can't even imagine what it would cost today.


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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2008, 03:37:48 PM »

Here's the best info I've found on Big Muskie since her demise,

 
http://little-mountain.com/bigmuskie/
 
This dragline is the one I was hoping to photograph however
 

 
A Marion 7400.  This walking dragline shovel was the one widely publicized as the "Flight 93 crane".  She carried the US flag from her mast shortly after the 9-11-01 crash of that famous airliner that heroically was taken over by it's doomed passengers.  I arrived too late to take any pictures of this machine, as she was cut up earlier this year.  However over twenty tons of steel from her will find their way into the new USS Somerset, to honor those lost from Flight 93.
 
I visited the Flight 93 memorial last week.  There isn't much to see...  It is a very tranquil place, and I was moved by it's simple emotional power!
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2008, 02:00:34 PM »

I watched the History Channel story about Big Muskie a couple of weeks ago
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