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BIG machines

  1. Dec 25, 2005 #1


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    Now... that monster also known as the first mobile skyscraper.. costs a small fortune.... or well, a large fortune... very large... $100,000,000.

    Now I must ask with things like these... why are they built? Now I could hear things like "they are more efficient" or "they boost profits" etc etc... but I think to myself... $100,000,000. I mean, does this thing really replace more then $100,000,000 worth of equipment and do a faster and better job????? I've also seen huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge ships and they say its more efficient and cost effective... and of course, I think "How can something whose cost is some countries GDP's be cost effective?". I've also seen ships that could actually move entire oil rigs. Now... this stuff is just absolutely awe inspiring to see and supposedly there all "worth it". Now are these things really worth it or are people really putting a value on sheer shock and awe?
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  3. Dec 25, 2005 #2
    Man, I would love to attack and take over a small country with that machine.
  4. Dec 25, 2005 #3
    How is that a skyscraper? And that circular blade thing looks way too big to be usable, unless it's like a huge lawn tiller. It looks cool though.
  5. Dec 25, 2005 #4
    Oh that's its name. Gotcha.
  6. Dec 25, 2005 #5


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    It's not really a name, it just looks like it to me :P Its 317 feet tall.
  7. Dec 25, 2005 #6
    Us east-coasters think of something much more specific when hearing the word "skyscraper" :biggrin:
  8. Dec 25, 2005 #7

    DUHH! because it looks cool. and to fuction as a first line of defense vs. godzilla.
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    Sounds like those Germans are well-prepared! I know I wouldn't take that thing on if i were a giant green lizard.
  10. Dec 25, 2005 #9
    I suspect the savings is tied to time. If you put that thing to work for a year is can probably do what would take 20 years worth of work done by pre-existing methods. They have to figure out what the other equipment would cost them, if they used conventional means, over the time conventional means would take. Taking inflation into account, this probably comes out to way more than they spend with this machine.

    It's very unlikely it would ever have to be used against Godzilla, though. Statistically, non-Japanese nations are about 90% more likely to be attacked by some other giant mutation which Godzilla is then later called in to take care of.
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    Hm. My first thought was that it must have a weakness to lightning magic.

  12. Dec 25, 2005 #11
    I wonder if it comes with automatic, air conditioning, power windows, and traction control.:smile:

    Actually those monsters are used in open pit strip mining. There goes the neighborhood.
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  13. Dec 25, 2005 #12


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    That is the big earthmover built by Krupp. It was being moved from one mine site to another. Along the way, it would appear that the bucket wheel was engaged and that big machine scooped up a large bulldozer. See -
    www.up.ac.za/organizations/movup/images/minefun/WhereismyDozer.pps[/URL] (save target as) and then watch.

    Some more BIG stuff - [PLAIN]http://www.up.ac.za/organizations/movup/mine.php?SessionID= [Broken]
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  14. Dec 25, 2005 #13
    These machines are built by companies, not governments. Yes they are cost effective or they wouldn't be built.
    I had a job at a gold mine one summer. The mine was brand new and hadn't started mining yet. They bought one of those monster shovels, which showed up in several pieces. They bought it used and my job was to take a putty knife and scrape the grease off of the pieces. I would climb into these huge boxes and gears and go home every day black from head to toe. I did get quite a few naps in though, no one wanted to climb in and check on me.
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    It's built by a german manufactorer called Krupp. Sounds like a peaceful job with nice privacy :D
  16. Dec 25, 2005 #15
    yeah, well the mine I worked at was called "Marigold" and it was peaceful
  17. Dec 25, 2005 #16
    that big earthmover is spectacular, like something out of sci-fi

    every so often there's a show on tv here on big machines like those. i saw a big excavator that works in canada's tarsands that has the biggest bucket in the world. i think i could fill up a terex titan dumptruck in 2 dumps or something. another one was a machine that travelled along a railway, tore it up, levelled/graded the path & laid down new rails as it moved along. it could do 1/4 mile in 8hrs or something ridiculous like that. :surprised
  18. Dec 26, 2005 #17


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    That german machine was on a Discovery chnnel show once. It was something like Monster Machines or something like that. Pretty impressive especially when they showed just one of the buckets next to one of those huge dump trucks mining companies use. Truly impresssive.
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