Big Brutus is the nickname of the Bucyrus-Erie model 1850B electric shovel, which was the second largest of its type in operation in the 1960s and 1970s. It is currently the centerpiece of a mining museum in West Mineral, Kansas.


It is 160 feet (49 m) high and weighs 11 million pounds. The bucket holds 90 cubic yards (69 m³) or 150 tons. Maximum speed is 0.22 MPH. It cost $6.5 million in 1962.

Big Brutus, while not the largest electric shovel ever built, is the largest electric shovel still in existence. The Captain, at 28 million pounds, was the largest shovel and one of the two largest land-based mobile machines ever built. It was scrapped in 1992.[1]

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  1. Haddock, Keith (September 18, 2000). Colossal Earthmovers. MBI, 67. ISBN 978-0760307717. 

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