Saturday, July 11, 2020

Spider Hoes Are Back

The spider hoes that helped us build the Zuma and Beavers Chairlifts are back. A spider hoe is a very specialized type of excavator. It is designed to travel in extremely rugged terrain and leave a very small foot print. The machine has four big rubber tires on legs that articulate in many directions. The legs and the boom that holds the bucket allow the operator to guide the machine gently and slowly down very steep and rugged terrain. We used these machines to dig the tower holes on the Zuma and Beavers Lifts. It is hard to tell where the machine traveled on those lift lines.

Right now there are two spiders hoes working on the Pali Lift Line. The photos below were taken yesterday at the site of NEW Pali Tower 3.