Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket

Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket

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Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann w dust jacket
 
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment By Eric C. Orlemann
Hardcover With Dustjacket - 128 Pages
Copyright 1995
Contents
Acknowledgments6
Specifications6
Introduction7
CHAPTER 1 The Loading Shovels12
CHAPTER 2 The Stripping Shovels30
CHAPTER 3 The Draglines 68
CHAPTER 4 The Hydraulic Excavators96
CHAPTER 5 The Bucket Wheel Excavators118
Index128

Giant Earth-Moving Equipment
A shovel that stands more than twenty stories tall. A dragline bucket so large it can hold two Greyhound buses side by side. A German bucket wheel excavator that stretches more than two football fields in length. These are but a few of the incredible dimensions of some of the largest mobile land machines ever created by man. They are the giant mining excavators that spend almost all of their working days well out of the public eye. So secluded are many of these fantastic creations that a majority of people do not even realize that there is equipment of this magnitude at work around the world.
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment tells the story of some of the largest earth-moving excavators ever created for the mining and construction industry. These machines, along with the companies that build and use them, are directly responsible for the modern industrial society that we live in, making possible just about everything that we use on a daily basis.
For the first time, all of the world's giant excavators have been gathered together in one volume. The fascinating story of these machines is illustrated by more than 150 images, the majority in color, of this giant equipment at work and at rest around the world. Many of these images have been taken by the author over the last four years, while others are from rare company archives and private individuals throughout the industry. Most have never been published before.
Giant Earth-Moving Equipment covers the 1950s through the present with equipment representing all of the major manufacturers working in North America, Europe, Australia, and Russia.

Introduction
STANDING AT THE BASE OF a gigantic stripping shovel, I was in awe at the sheer size and scope of such a man-made marvel. This machine had presence. It commanded your respect. This was not some fire-breathing monstrosity from a monster truck freak show. No, this was the real thing, a true mechanical dinosaur, able to take massive bites out of the earth's crust as it roams where few of us are able, or would care to go.
Yet for the men and women who work with these titans, they are something more than just "earthmoving" machines. Carrying distinctive names-Elza, Dakota Star, Big Geordie, The Silver Spade, Lady of the Lake, Freddy Flintstone, Sequoia, Brutus, Big Hog, The Captain, The GEM of Egypt, Big Muskie, The Tiger, The Green Hornet, The Wasp, Ursa Major, and dozens more-they start to take on their own distinct personalities, as did aircraft named by fighter and bomber crews in World War II.
The earthmoving equipment operators depend on these machines and the machines give their operators everything they have, often in the most treacherous working conditions one can imagine. You can always count on them coming through, no matter what the circumstances. They were and are a sense of pride to the operators, the workers, and to the companies that build and operate them.
For most of us, these machines are but pictures in an encyclopedia or a "Guinness Book of World Records". Many have already played out their lives and are but a memory held by the miners and construction workers who kept them going, sometimes for decades. But in our everyday lives we reap the benefits that these giants have helped provide. They uncover and load the coal that provides energy for our homes and industries. They unearth minerals such as gold, silver, copper, uranium, lead, zinc, iron, salt, and countless others that make up the jewelry we wear, the cars we drive, and the stereos we listen to. From high fashion to high tech, no industry can do without the massive amounts of minerals made accessible by these fantastic machines.
But what is it that attracts us to these giants? Maybe it's our fascination with machines that are the pinnacle in their class for size, power, and speed. It's not the plain Pontiac LeMans that is coveted, but the powerful GTO version instead. These machines we're examining are the things that are larger than life, making us ask the questions of how they were built, where do they work, and inevitably, how much do they cost?

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