A P&H 4100 shovel is capable of digging more than 35 million cubic yards in a single year, a volume more that ten times that of Egypt's Great Pyramid.
Each year, tens of thousands of Americans suffer back injuries, rotator-cuff tears, wrist strains, and broken bones -- all from shoveling snow.
The Ames Shovel and Tool Company produced more than 11 million entrenching shovels during World War II.
In 1993, the largest mining shovel ever built, "The Captain," was sold for scrap after a 1991 fire caused catastrophic damage.
Narrator: If digging ditches is your game, these machines are the biggest and baddest shovels in the pit. From the legendary steam shovel to supershovels with teeth and monster shovels with bigger teeth. The latest scoops are stronger, faster and even smarter than ever. Now, Shovels, dig it, on Modern Marvels.
Mine General Supervisor, US Borax
Shovel Operator, US Borax
Marketing, P&H Mining Equipment Co.
Bucyrus International, Inc.
Public Relations, P&H Mining Equipment Co.
Steam Shovel Owner & Mechanic
Curator, Stonehill Industrial History Center
Jane Peterson, PhD
Archaeology, Marquette University
President, Seymour Manufacturing Co.
Seymour Manufacturing Co.
Field Maintenance Supervisor, US Borax
Operation Manager, Berkeley Forge & Tool
President, Berkeley Forge & Tool
Manager, Phoenix Project, JPL/NASA
Harry Truman (archival footage)
Lyndon B. Johnson (archival footage)
Bill Clinton (archival footage)
Executive Producer: Don Cambou
Writer: Jim Hense
Producer: Jim Hense
Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
Associate Producer: Lara D. Tabor
Associate Producer: David Bradstreet
Editor: Andrew Corwin
Narrator: Max Raphael
Music: Alan Ett Music Group
Producer: Bruce Nash
Creator: Bruce Nash
Production Manager: Shelia Collins
Post Producer: Tim Knauff
Director of Rights and Clearances: Katie Del Core
Director of Research: Allison Boon
Production Controller: Dani Eslin
Coordinator: Boni Osmani
Coordinator: Brad Skiles
Researcher: Uldis Balodis
Researcher: Bradley Combest
Researcher: John Knapp
Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III
Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober
Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
Voice over Coordinator: John Knapp
Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
Assistant Editor: Alexander Rubinow
Assistant Post Coordinator: Jeremiah Dockray
Post Assistant: Rob Harrington
Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
Camera: John Kabasakalis
Camera: Lon Magdich
Camera: Greg Steinbrecher
Field Audio: Charles Rohr
Field Audio: Richard Weiss
Online Editor: John Price
Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
Animation: Glenn Takakjian
Animated Photos: Adam Goodwin
Historical Consultant: Tom Barnes
Historical Consultant: Gregory Galer
Willard B. Hansen
Milwaukee Public Museum
Orchard Supply Hardware
Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox
Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
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