Why crawl when you can walk?

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John Connor

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I northern ND they have some massive ass cranes in the coal fields. What I don't get about ND is that they have a shit load of natural resources yet they also have wind farms. Who's dumb ass idea was that? WY I can see as they have a shit load of wind. Especially on the border between Colorado and Wyoming.
 

utahraptor

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The reason these cranes walk instead of run on treads is due to historic tax code. Tread based cranes were imposed a heavy mining tax based on shovel size and tread length. By giving the crane walking feet it was considered only a single able bodied miner regardless of size and thus the tax could be avoided. Coincidentally, this is why some of these cranes have what appears to be a large mining hat mounted on top. It made their appearance as a human miner rather than a machine more convincing.
 

manimal

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Those have to be in the next Terminator movie. Would be good tension with Arnold running ahead of one slowing saying AHHHHHHH while it chases him
 

Phoenix86

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Those have to be in the next Terminator movie. Would be good tension with Arnold running ahead of one slowing saying AHHHHHHH while it chases him
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SagaLore

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The reason these cranes walk instead of run on treads is due to historic tax code. Tread based cranes were imposed a heavy mining tax based on shovel size and tread length. By giving the crane walking feet it was considered only a single able bodied miner regardless of size and thus the tax could be avoided. Coincidentally, this is why some of these cranes have what appears to be a large mining hat mounted on top. It made their appearance as a human miner rather than a machine more convincing.

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