Big boys play with big toys

Saw these posted over at reddit the other day and since I live just down the road from where these big boys are used, I thought I’d share it. In fact, one of the men in my neighborhood drives one of these trucks. The comparison with the school bus next to it is pretty mind-bending.

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Here’s an image of the Kenecott open-pit copper mine where these devices are in use; the inset shows one of the loaders and its relative size to the pit.

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Next up is a time-lapse video showing the reconstruction of an access road that was wiped out during the massive slide of April 10, 2013 – in fact, four of these monster trucks were buried in the debris, but have since been recovered.

Of course, even these humonstrous machines are dwarfed by the Bagger 288, the largest movable machine ever created by man – built in 1978 in Germany by Krupp.

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This beast was designed for coal mining, and it chews up everything – including the occasional stray bulldozer.

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For more eye-popping images of this device, head over to Dark Roasted Blend.

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3 responses to “Big boys play with big toys

  1. Looking Forward
    by Robert Louis Stevenson

    When I am grown to man’s estate,
    I shall be very proud and great
    And tell the other girls and boys
    Not to meddle with my toys. 🙂

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