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Monster 1,700T miner on the move

A giant German bucket wheel excavator draws crowds as it changes sites

On July 12 a bucket wheel excavator weighing almost 1,700 tonnes began a carefully planned journey between two mine sites south of Leipzig in Germany.

The 11km quest from MIBRAG’s Schleenhain open cast mine to the excavator’s new home in the Peres mining field is still underway, with the Takraf SRs 1300 excavator moving at a speed of six metres per minute – managing just 0.36km/h.

On July 26 it had reached federal highway 176, which had to be covered with a metre-thick layer of gravel for its protection to withstand the huge weight. Drawing crowds of onlookers as it progresses, the excavator is due to reach its final destination on July 31.

The Takraf excavator was built in 1981 and first used in the Groitzscher Dreieck open cast mine field. It has been modernised several times and has been at the Schleenhain mine since 1998.

The excavator, which can be used both in coal mining and in overburden extraction, is 32m high and 21m wide. Its wheel boom measures 74m with the average production volume approximately around 1,200 tonnes of coal per hour.

 

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