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2014-06-09 10:20:32 AM
Digger please!
 
2014-06-09 10:38:24 AM
Someone should come up with a digger that can easily be dismantled and removed.  Duh.
 
2014-06-09 10:49:41 AM
Successful and attractive excavator, please.
 
2014-06-09 11:55:34 AM
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2014-06-09 12:50:23 PM
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2014-06-09 12:53:53 PM
First thing I thought on seeing the headline.
 
2014-06-09 01:23:09 PM
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Finally, I get to re-use some vintage 90s web crap!!
 
2014-06-09 01:29:46 PM
Or, on the other hand, you could pay one or two of your employees to dismantle the machines and bring the more-portable parts back upstairs over the course of a long afternoon. At worst, you'd have lots of replacement parts for the rest of your equipment.

(Kinda makes you wonder if that's what they really did, and used the "covered it with concrete" excuse as a way to bill the client for the cost of a whole machine.)
 
2014-06-09 01:40:27 PM
We're talking about basement pits next to the street? I don't know if they were available in the 80s in the UK, but I could make a phone call and get a wrecker crane on site in under an hour. It's a wrecker intended for righting trailers or pulling things from embankments.
 
2014-06-09 01:43:43 PM
"Why are Londoners afraid of chainsaws?"

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2014-06-09 01:57:36 PM

wildcardjack: We're talking about basement pits next to the street? I don't know if they were available in the 80s in the UK, but I could make a phone call and get a wrecker crane on site in under an hour. It's a wrecker intended for righting trailers or pulling things from embankments.


I think it depends on the specifications for the digger, but it might be that they're too heavy/too deep for that kind of operation.

I think it'd be hilarous if the 'standard' became to dig up the old digger, refill it with oil, fuel* and replace the battery before firing it up to conduct the new work to be done.

*If they don't drain these things before entombing it I think it's a foul.
 
2014-06-09 02:32:13 PM
FTA:   Initially, the developers would often use a large crane to scoop up the digger, which was by now nestled almost out of sight at the bottom of a deep hole. Then they began to calculate the cost-benefit equation of this procedure. First, a crane would have to be hired; second, the entire street would need to be closed for a day while the crane was manoeuvred into place. Both of these stages were very expensive, not to mention unpopular among the distinguished local residents.

A new solution emerged: simply bury the digger in its own hole. Given the exceptional profits of London property development, why bother with the expense and hassle of retrieving a used digger - worth only £5,000 or £6,000 - from the back of a house that would soon be sold for several million? The time and money expended on rescuing a digger were better spent moving on to the next big deal.

The new method, now considered standard operating practice, is to cover the digger with "hardcore", a mixture of sand and gravel. Then a layer of concrete is simply poured over the top. Digger? What digger? The digger has literally dug its own grave - just as the boring machines that excavated the Channel Tunnel were abandoned beneath the passage they had just created.


This sounds familiar...

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2014-06-09 03:54:08 PM
REMEMBER TUNNEL #17!
 
2014-06-09 04:10:05 PM
Depending on what size machines they are using, the relative cost is not much if you are talking about remodeling a palatial mansion. You can buy a small Cat  mini 301 series excavator (digger?) for about 45 grand (cheaper used).  It sounds like these are multi-million dollar (euros?, pounds?) projects.  A crane with the proper reach and lifting capacity to retrieve it is going to run you probably 700 an hour with operators, plus permits for blocking the streets, plus permits for just traveling on certain streets, etc....Once the machine has done its work, it has earned its money and then some.  And paying somebody to disassemble the machine and carry the parts back up isn't exactly cost effective or safe (they are "mini" excavators, but the parts still weigh a considerable amount).
 
2014-06-09 04:15:12 PM
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2014-06-09 04:31:58 PM
chevydeuce:
And paying somebody to disassemble the machine and carry the parts back up isn't exactly cost effective or safe (they are "mini" excavators, but the parts still weigh a considerable amount).

It is compared to tearing the whole house apart to allow a regular crane to lift it out of the basement.

The article indicates that the small digger is in a deep hole - but they leave out the part where it's usually in a deep hole underneath an existing building - thus the "drive it inside" part. It's easy enough to lift one out when you're doing new construction, but it's incredibly expensive to do so when it's add-on basement construction underneath a hugely expensive house.

Most of the parts in small excavators can be easily lifted by one or two men - it's just the big frame pieces that weigh a lot.
 
2014-06-09 04:37:48 PM
Parthenogenetic:This sounds familiar...

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The fire station across the street from my house as a kid had a steam shovel in working condition. It was identical to the one in that book too. I loved that thing.
 
2014-06-09 06:29:09 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Digger please!


Damnit so much came here to say that!
 
2014-06-09 07:14:17 PM

The Green Intern: REMEMBER TUNNEL #17!


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2014-06-09 08:14:24 PM

TheHighlandHowler: Someone should come up with a digger that can easily be dismantled and removed.  Duh.


Our done a group block deal and just ramped it out down the road.
 
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