Hydraulic excavator (shovelis maximus) digging its own grave on Speen Street on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Framingham DPW is doing some work.

A bad-boy full-sized hydraulic excavator...

  • it can climb steep terrain,
  • it can rapidly excavate large holes,
  • it can rapidly dig trenches up to 20 feet down (certainly deep enough to bury itself),
  • it can fully rotate 12 times per minute,
  • it's bucket can hold 2,500 pounds of soil,
  • it requires a sober, drug free operator,
  • it can snarl commuter traffic for hours, and
  • it does not seem to be able to dig its way out of a hole.

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