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General - The Eimco Rockershovel

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. The Kwan

    The Kwan funksoul Brother
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    After seeing a few of these Rockershovels on my underground travels and looking at a video or two of working examples I thought that I would post a some pictures and a link to some of those video clips of this ace bit of machinery. My mind boggles when I think of just how much noise that these machines would have made underground but that just feeds the fire.
    this machine is still in production in India

    The name Eimco is an abreviation of Easten and Iron Metal Corporation who are based in Utah USA and who manufactured the Rockershovel, this machine is also commonly known as a mucker or a mad wasp and some were made to run on rails and some made to roll on wheels and tracks. The Rockershovel had an ingenious way of removing waste in front of it and depositing it in a waste cart behind it by means of lifting it over itself almost in a rocking motion, hence the name Rockershovel, pretty dangerous for the operator but in a small mineshaft there is little other option.
    They were commonly powered by compressed air and were pretty dangerous to operate given the limited roof and wall space underground, anyway it is always a joy to see one of these looming out of the darkness when you are underground and it is always hard to drag yourself away from it because they are just too photogenic.

    The excitement of stumbling across one of these Rockershovels is always followed by a photo session, here Lenston and Wellingtonian are doing the photo biz. The compressed air chamber and operating controls are on the right hand side of the machine and there would normally be a small platform for the operator to stand on.
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    The same shovel from the rear, some grease, a wire brush and a 2" pipe from a compressor would likely get it going
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    Please watch this short video from Youtube to see just how this baby rocked and imagine the racket that it would make underground.



    or this one



    The chain looks woefully inadequate when you see the shovel that it needed to lift but it was obviously up to the job.
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    Above the business end, this is the top of the rocker that is attached to the wheel
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    I can never drag myself away from these things....looking back
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    Another one that we stumbled upon but with a cart attached, check the high sided cart for tipping the waste..A proper underground Tonka toy.
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  2. wellingtonian

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    Proper interesting mate. Was a bonus seeing this and getting the lowdown on how it worked from your good self.
    Like you said, to hear that baby operating at full tilt must have been deafening in such a confined space.
    Some good history sat there.
     
  3. Lenston

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    Cracking bit of kit that, dont see them very often :)
     
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    Missed this, interesting post TK enjoyed it :thumb

    Death Trap on wheels :eek:
     
  5. caiman

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    As far as I'm aware, the people at the Rogerley mine in Durham are the last people in England that still use one in real life. The Eimco 12B. I used so many of the larger versions in South Africa. But technology has moved on.
     
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    great stuff there very interesting. I believe they were in use in the ironstone mines of Cleveland in North Yorkshire i am sure somewhere i will have a photo of one in use will try and dig it out and post it. I think the pic was dated at the mid 1950s.
     
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    Good report that, very interesting. Really good photos too.
     
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    That just doesn't look real to me, I just cannot get the scale into perspective at all !
     
  10. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    Nice one kwan ,fascinating bit of kit that
     
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    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Nice bit of kit those, they certainly do look like tonka toys.
     
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  12. norfolkexplorer

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    That is very very nice mate
     
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    A proper big boy's toy, nice.
     
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    Another great mine :thumb
     
  15. The Kwan

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    There are two videos in the original post above but they dont seem to have survived the software upgrade as embedded, here they are and give some scale, perhaps some kind soul could re-embed them please ta thankee if possible :)

    [video=youtube_share;l0QbRN9gyJ0]


    or this one
    [video=youtube_share;-sHXF7iYp60]
     
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