Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Tower-Climbing - Excavator?!


spbhooligan, YouTube (February 02, 2009)(video apparently dates from 1997)
video, 9:14

"экскаватор Liebherr" (Russian, "excavator Liebherr")

What Rupert did with that Liebherr excavator is of the 'kids, don't try this at home' variety. I particularly liked the way he spun the undercarriage after he got to the top and cantilevered the excavator out from the tower.

I probably need to say this: Trying to duplicate this stunt - cool as it is - is a really bad idea. Liebherr obviously went to a lot of trouble to make sure preparations were done the right way.

On a lighter note, we got a really good look at Rupert: there was an in-cab camera. I know that the video wasn't done in America, but Rupert and just about everybody else looked pretty much like a lot of my neighbors.

Oh, wait. Until recent years, people in Sauk Centre were either Irish - or German. That's changing, which is fine by me: it's nice to see a wider range of humanity around town.

By the way: The Liebherr company started in Germany - and has long since gone global. I think their website detects viewer language preferences - but it helps if you know German.
A tip of the hat to my father-in-law, for the heads-up on this video.

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