Sankey, E. W. Marion Power Shovel Division, Dresser Industries, Inc., Marion, Ohio.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Machine components
- Machine operation
- Hydraulic excavators
- Backhoe machines
- Stripping shovels
- Lattice boom machines
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A power-operated digging machine consisting of a lower frame and crawlers, a machinery frame, and a gantry supporting a boom which in turn supports a dipper handle and dipper (see illustration). Dipper sizes range from 1 to 180 yd3 (0.7 to 137 m3). The machines are powered by on-board diesel engines or by electric motors. Diesel-powered machines utilize a series of clutches and brakes that allow the operator to control various motions. Electric motor machines generally have individual motors for each motion, but occasionally clutches and brakes are used allowing one motor to drive two motions.
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