I have to admit that one of the big reasons that I got into mining was the big equipment. I think that the fact that I am a big guy plays into this a little bit. It's nice to see that there are things in life that are truly huge and impressive. I don't think that I went on a field trip at the University of Utah where I didn't get my picture taken in front of one of the big haul trucks.
One of the drawbacks of working for Maptek Vulcan is that I wasn't able to be around this big equipment as often. Now all that has changed. At the mine last month we got a new, bigger shovel.
I can't believe how big this shovel is. It is so big and powerful that it makes the 300 ton haul trucks look like empty shells. This new shovel can't help but increase what is being produced in the mine plan.
The only thing better (bigger) than the 5500? A wire rope shovel!