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Would you do this? Video of tower-climbing excavator

  1. Apr 15, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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  3. Apr 15, 2009 #2

    Danger

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    Re: Would you do this?

    No. :surprised
    I'm terrified of heights. Sure looks cool, though.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2009 #3

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    Impressive operator. I hope he is well compensated.

    I presume someone did the appropriate mechanical analyses.


    On the other hand, some people have way too much time on their hands.


    What height? :biggrin:
     
  5. Apr 15, 2009 #4
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    It would have to be of really special construction. Especially the third picture makes me skeptical.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2009 #5

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    If you're referring to the apparent defiance of gravity, notice that the front of the tracks is wedged between the step and a topside retainer block. It took me a while to figure that out.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2009 #6
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    Oh, I didn't spot that. I was thinking first that the digger was creating a gravitational hill in space geometry.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2009 #7
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    Hellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll no.
     
  9. Apr 15, 2009 #8

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    I have fallen for too many cool things that have later proven to be PhotoChopped or otherwise hoaxed. I have no reason to think this is fake - other than precedent.

    You can blame my cynicism on the 'Stunt pilot lands with one wing' video, which shook my faith.

    Actually, you can trace my cynicism farther back to the break up of Brad and Jennifer but let's just go with the stunt pilot landing on one wing bit...
     
  10. Apr 15, 2009 #9

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    I dunno... that looks entirely real to me. The lighting is consistent throughout, and there seems to be way more detail than a fraudster would bother with.
    I'm quite interested to know what that tower is made of. It looks like concrete, but it's hard for me to think of that being strong enough (especially referring to the dimensions of the retainer blocks). I don't know much about structures, though.
     
  11. Apr 15, 2009 #10
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    F yes I'd do that! Thats awesome!
     
  12. Apr 15, 2009 #11
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    whoa! that's suicide! no thanks...i won't do it. i salute him anyway(that's a world record):surprised
     
  13. Apr 15, 2009 #12

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    No thanks! I wouldn't even be willing to stand as close as those spectators were to watch.
     
  14. Apr 16, 2009 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    Re: Would you do this?

    There is a video of the same demo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RobaJKGMMiE
     
  15. Apr 16, 2009 #14
    It's a clever trick. If you look at the tower, it locks the machine in place. It isnt sitting in it, so much as the machine pins itself into place. So it's self locking. Still, I wouldn't do it.
     
  16. Apr 16, 2009 #15

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    Obviously the tower is made of steel, not a concrete.

    Take a look around 5:17, looks like there are additional hooks to make the thing more stable.

    What I don't get is - did he get down, or is he still up there?
     
  17. Apr 16, 2009 #16
    If I could do that, I would do it in a heartbeat, but only after some training....
     
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