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See The World’s Largest Mining Shovel

There are big shovels and then there are BIG SHOVELS, particularly in the mining industry. This beast of a mining machine resembles the toy rig you used to play with in your sandbox as a child. Consider this one to be the super sized version of that. It takes scooping dirt to a whole new level. For that matter, it takes scooping anything to a whole new level.

The massive shovel is made by P&H. They have been making mining equipment since 1884. Started by Alanzo Pawling and Henry Harnischfeger, they were two unlikely candidates at the time. They were both employees at a local sewing machine company. Alanzo was a pattern maker for industrial castings and Henry was a locksmith machinist of all things. The pair worked at Whitehill together and left the company to start their own game.

It paid off big. To begin with, they supplied parts and assembly service for large manufacturing outfits in the Milwaukee area. They had a customer list ranging from industrial knitting factories to large beer breweries. Remember though, I said to begin with. As fate would have it, they would soon transition their business to much larger machinery. Why? Well a nearby overhead crane collapsed and the dynamic duo were called in to repair it.

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They got it up and running with a completely new simplified design. Soon after, they transitioned their business model over to large industrial construction cranes. That business

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