Watch the Demolition of the World's Largest Earth Mover
Big Muskie was the world's largest earth mover and it was quite a machine. It had 53,000 horsepower, with a bucket capable of moving 220 cubic yards of material at one time. Over its life, it moved more earth than the amount moved during the construction of the Panama Canal. It was an incredible machine and its life ended in dramatic fashion. Originally sold in the late 1960s, Big Muskie was a workhorse for 20 years, until the Clean Air Act made it obsolete. The vehicle was used to clear dirt off of high sulfur coal, which was banned by the Clean Air act and left Big Muskie out of a job. RELATED: Watch Five Huge Airbus A350s Perform Stunt Formations
According to BangShift, it sat around for a few years until the owners decided to sell its 15,000 ton bulk for scrap. That left them with the challenge of disassembling the monster. A team of demolition experts took to the rig, cutting supports and planting charges to bring the machine down.
And down it came in a cloud of smoke and dust. It's sad to see a piece of history meet its end, but it was a fitting ending. Instead of slowly rusting to pieces, Big Muskie went out with a bang befitting its history.
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