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Equipment Identification: Cable Shovels, Draglines and Backhoes | Historical Construction Equipment Association

Steam shovel: 1927 Erie Shovel Company Type B. A "steam shovel" was powered by steam, were usually full-revolving, and travelled on crawlers or wheels.
Steam shovel: 1927 Erie Shovel Company Type B. A "steam shovel" was powered by steam, were usually full-revolving, and travelled on crawlers or wheels. (JPEG Image, 33.33 KB)
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Railroad shovel: 1883 Barnhart Style A, built by Marion Steam Shovel Company. Railroad shovels traveled on rails, were usually powered by steam, and were half-swing as opposed to full-revolving.
Railroad shovel: 1883 Barnhart Style A, built by Marion Steam Shovel Company. Railroad shovels traveled on rails, were usually powered by steam, and were half-swing as opposed to full-revolving. (JPEG Image, 32.5 KB)
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Cable backhoe: 1951 and 1954 Bucyrus-Erie 15B.
Cable backhoe: 1951 and 1954 Bucyrus-Erie 15B. (JPEG Image, 119.41 KB)
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Cable shovel: 1926 Marion Power Shovel 21. This example is also referred to as an electric shovel, because it’s powered by electricity.
Cable shovel: 1926 Marion Power Shovel 21. This example is also referred to as an electric shovel, because it’s powered by electricity. (JPEG Image, 130.33 KB)
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Crawler dragline: Koehring 535. A dragline gets its name by dragging an open-ended bucket towards itself when digging.
Crawler dragline: Koehring 535. A dragline gets its name by dragging an open-ended bucket towards itself when digging. (JPEG Image, 32.57 KB)
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Half-swing skimmer: 1926 Keystone Driller No. 4. It digs by skimming the surface with the boom lowered.  “Half-swing” means the boom can swing left or right about 90 degrees.
Half-swing skimmer: 1926 Keystone Driller No. 4. It digs by skimming the surface with the boom lowered.  “Half-swing” means the boom can swing left or right about 90 degrees. (JPEG Image, 180.25 KB)
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Tractor shovel: 1928 Wilford Power Shovel Model B. Sometimes applied to wheel loaders, the term describes a cable excavator, usually half-swing, mounted on and/or powered by an industrial wheel tractor chassis.
Tractor shovel: 1928 Wilford Power Shovel Model B. Sometimes applied to wheel loaders, the term describes a cable excavator, usually half-swing, mounted on and/or powered by an industrial wheel tractor chassis. (JPEG Image, 79.09 KB)
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Cable/hydraulic backhoe: Lima 2400. The digging attachment is called a backhoe front (or shovel front, for shovels). It uses a hydraulic cylinder to tilt the bucket.  This was the largest cable backhoe ever built.
Cable/hydraulic backhoe: Lima 2400. The digging attachment is called a backhoe front (or shovel front, for shovels). It uses a hydraulic cylinder to tilt the bucket.  This was the largest cable backhoe ever built. (JPEG Image, 116.09 KB)
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Stripping shovel: 1965 Bucyrus-Erie 1950B Silver Spade. A stripping shovel had an extra-long boom and dipper for overburden removal. This is a Super Stripper, one of 37 gigantic shovels that weighed 2,750 tons or more.
Stripping shovel: 1965 Bucyrus-Erie 1950B Silver Spade. A stripping shovel had an extra-long boom and dipper for overburden removal. This is a Super Stripper, one of 37 gigantic shovels that weighed 2,750 tons or more. (JPEG Image, 77.28 KB)
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Walking dragline: 1955 Page Engineering 618. The machine travels through the walking motion of the mechanism directly behind the cab.
Walking dragline: 1955 Page Engineering 618. The machine travels through the walking motion of the mechanism directly behind the cab. (JPEG Image, 24.66 KB)
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Walking dragline: Bucyrus-Erie 4250W Big Muskie. This was the world’s largest dragline during its existence and, at 14,000 tons, one of the world’s two largest land-based mobile machines of its time.
Walking dragline: Bucyrus-Erie 4250W Big Muskie. This was the world’s largest dragline during its existence and, at 14,000 tons, one of the world’s two largest land-based mobile machines of its time. (JPEG Image, 198.14 KB)
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Title:
Equipment Identification: Cable Shovels, Draglines and Backhoes
Description:
This gallery of equipment images is designed to help you identify common types of cable-operated excavators, both past and present, by the terminology used in this database.
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