Bucket Wheel Excavators

By Deane Barker on January 25, 2006

A while back, we posted about a picture of a big machine I had stumbled across. Sometime after that, it was identified as a mining machine over in Europe, complete with many pictures.

Last night, I was watching Modern Marvels on The History Channel (great, great show), and the topic was “The World’s Biggest Machines.” They had some plenty big stuff, but then I saw it…video of the same picture we had talked about on this site. I thought, “Hey, isn’t that the same…” Then the phone rang.

It was Noel, fellow Gadgetopia editor. “Deane, you have to turn on the History Channel…” Apparently, we both need to get out more.

It turns out that our big machine is not alone. The class of machines to which it belongs is called “bucket wheel excavators.” Having that name, I’ve been able to do a little better searching on them. It turns out that they’re commonly considered the largest, land-based moving objects on Earth.

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  1. just so happens to be the world’s largest land vehicle that move under its own power. Called the Bagger 288

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