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Old 11-17-2012, 05:01 PM   #46
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That coal needs to move to the power plant:

Komatsu I think, possibly from their Haulpak plant, in Peoria IL. That has to piss off Caterpillar, drive down by the river and see a Komatsu factory. A legacy of LeTourneau which makes some big ass electrified equipment.

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Old 11-17-2012, 08:12 PM   #47
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Name the crane....

Crane guy, I do not have a bigger pic. I remember that the newspaper said that crane was one of 4 in the world. Buckner was the contractor. I don't think Manitowocs are sold in yellow.

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Old 11-18-2012, 05:47 AM   #48
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Ok, if it's Buckner then it's a Liebherr LR1600, another new model. Color is irrelevant as any buyer can take the stock color or have it painted as they wish by the factory.

All of Lampson's cranes are blue for example. All of Bay Crane's are red / white.

Nice find. There are only a few of them in the US as you say.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:36 AM   #49
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I may as well take 'Heavy Equipment' operation off of my resume then... holy hell is that stuff big. I must have been playing with Tonka toys
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:50 PM   #50
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I work with Caterpillar delivering parts to a local mine. The mine I go to has one of those big Letourneau rubber tire loaders. Watching it move is impressive.

They've also got... what... Two dozen ish Liebherr 400 ton electric drive haul trucks, ten Cat 795f AC electric drive haul trucks, with four more being built and another 22 due for next year. How I get to the build yard allows me to see them from over a mile away from across the pit, and they're big bastards from that far out.

As far as I know one of the two test bed 795s they bought currently holds the record for heaviest load in a standard haul truck at 525 tons. The Liebherrs tend to stop loading at about 350 tons because the dry braking system can't handle the heat, but the 795s go to 400-425 regularly because it's a clutch pack wet braking system. But they can't officially rate them for more that 400 tons because the tires can't be rated for that much. Life of the tire is significantly reduced, and at $125k apiece that gets spendy.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:15 PM   #51
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I work at a mine. It's funny to think of how big those trucks and shovels seemed at first, now I'm just used to them. I guess you have to when one's walking 10' off the highwall as the shovel is taking up a scoop.

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