The two Bucyrus Erie 3270 machines were B.E.'s second
largest offerings in the dragline line-up .
Slightly smaller than the Big Muskie, These
machines were still GIANTS.
The first 3270 (the
Lot-1 machine,-- shown here)was comissioned in late 1979,
Carrying a 176CU-YD bucket at the end of a 330 Ft.
boom, and weighing in at around 17.5 million pounds, this machine was
I've heard it said that to build the best machine
possible, you must first reach the extreme limits of your ability,
then back up one step.
If this is true, then the 3270's could be described
as b.E.'s best machines.
The limits were reached when they built the Big
Muskie, and after learning from the problems that the muskie
encountered, they "Backed up" a little and built the 3270's.
Though I have no personal knowledge of the working
history of these machines, I've heard that they were more reliable
and considerably less troublesome than the Muskie was.