WORLD’S LARGEST MAN-MADE EXCAVATION-KENNECOTT COPPER MINE-BINGHAM CANYON MINE-RIO TINTO MINE IN SALT LAKE CITY-UTAH Take the mine tour with Sue & I as we show you the world’s largest man-made “hole” what has been in operation since 1906! This mine is being worked in the Oquirrh Mountains, south of Salt Lake City Utah. This open pit is 5/8 of a mile deep, and 2.5 miles in dia. It covers 2000 acres, and has provided much of the copper used in the world today.

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  1. Pius Horning on May 31, 2022 at 7:44 am

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  2. Lost Comma on May 31, 2022 at 7:46 am

    I think that sitting on that tooth of the bucket is how you get your man card. Mistakes are the right of passage on these kinds of industrial sites.

  3. josh801 on May 31, 2022 at 7:48 am

    I work there, haul trucks haul about 370 tons every load, the tires apparently cost around $70,000 each.

  4. TABE Hammers on May 31, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Impresive mine! Great tour! thanks

  5. Westville Finest on May 31, 2022 at 7:50 am

    I think its like 300 tons it can load

  6. wabi c on May 31, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Love the Video but Maybe with your experience @ BE and P&H you can answer a burning question I’ve had for the last 10 yrs Casting parts for both BE now Cat, P&H /Joy/Komatsu…..Whistler lips, why are they called Whistler lips? I’ve asked this question multiple times to guys in both companies and no one I’ve talked too knows why or the origin..

  7. Johnny Karate on May 31, 2022 at 7:51 am

    Fantastic! Thank you for making this – very inspiring for future engineers 🙂

  8. Paulo Losi on May 31, 2022 at 7:54 am

    My second home for 6 years now driving those monsters! Loved it it’s the easiest job I’ve ever had! Really happy to be a part of it and to have driven one!

  9. singularwave on May 31, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Lol! What happened at the end?!?

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  11. Wander Lost on May 31, 2022 at 7:58 am

    We definitely want to see this mine… thanks for sharing… looks so interesting!!

  12. The Jersey J on May 31, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Very cool tour of this mine
    I went to see "Big Brutus" in West Mineral, Kansas and was overwhelmed by its size. You must go if you haven’t already.

  13. Westville Finest on May 31, 2022 at 8:01 am

    All the upper trucks are hauling uselly just dirt so they can widening the bottom.. and there the ones making the hills out side the mined.. and all the trucks in the bottom of the mined are the trucks with copper and minerals

  14. Lonnie Thompson on May 31, 2022 at 8:03 am

    My entire family worked up there both grandpas all my great uncles and one of my uncles who worked with my grandpa on my moms side.

  15. Westville Finest on May 31, 2022 at 8:04 am

    So glad they reopen the visiting center

  16. John Beeck on May 31, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Bucyrus Erie! Now that is a classic Wisconsin company – too bad it went out of business in 2011!

  17. Westville Finest on May 31, 2022 at 8:07 am

    That tire is 50,000

  18. Davina Miller on May 31, 2022 at 8:07 am

    I have one thing to say nice!!

  19. Phil Ridley Adventures on May 31, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Incredible that they use a brand new 63” tyre for display !!

  20. Mike Prichard on May 31, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Mark, there is an old abandoned Kennecott Copper mine in south east Alaska outside of McCarthy. I believe it was abandoned around in the 1920s and a lot of it is still there. Now if you and Sue were to drive up there and record the adventure, I for one would enjoy watching those videos. Yours and Sues’ take on the adventure and views of what is going on around you is spot on. I truly enjoy your videos and your sense of humor is outstanding. Rock on and stay safe

  21. Clonedlife on May 31, 2022 at 8:10 am

    As a copper miner , the drill diameter is most likely not larger then 12 inches. I think the bench height of this mine is 50 feet. The holes are filled with Anfo, or heavy anfo based on the hardness and water content of the area. In 2013 the main stay failure happened . They knew that the failure was going to happen but didn’t know the size. The next part he is looking at is a total station and prism system. Total station shoots a light beam at a reflective surfers and measures the change from the last scan. These are very helpful to show trends over a long time. Busieris was bought out by Cat. The tooth and adapter weight 54 lbs.

  22. J.T.S. OUTDOOR LIFE on May 31, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Yay!!! My cousin works for this company!!! Great video and info. I love being able to see the mine.

  23. Mamadu on May 31, 2022 at 8:11 am

    what happens if you go to the bottom of the mine

  24. D. J. McCormick on May 31, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Now that’s a open pit surface mine right there.

  25. Phil Ridley Adventures on May 31, 2022 at 8:13 am

    I’ve heard about this mine. It’s absolutely astonishing in size, hard to comprehend !!!

  26. rockkitty100 on May 31, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Thank you! As you know, there are hundreds of YouTube videos with people commenting on things they know nothing about. It was great to hear someone that really understands what they are talking about!! Thank you again for an interesting video!

  27. István Tóth on May 31, 2022 at 8:15 am

    How many million tonnes of rock were excavated during history of bingham canyon mine?

  28. Aiden Belnap on May 31, 2022 at 8:21 am

    The biggest mine in the world is the kennicott copper mine(Bingham canyon mine) in Utah,USA and I live by it. It also has the tallest tower at the kennicott smelter in the u.s. western hemisphere! You can still go to the mines overlook! 100% recommend it is beautiful. Those big huge mine trucks are amazing!

  29. gorelord187 on May 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Our average load is around 378 tons. The road you can see trucks driving up by the shovel is called OCut ramp that’s usually going out to the SEW/AR dumps the main road going to the crusher is called the 10% because that road is a 10%grade The road that goes up along the shop is called code 80 haul road. And that goes out to the BC dumps aka Bingham Canyon dump. Right now we’re currently working on relocating the crusher up by where the shop in all the buildings are a lot has definitely changed and most of the shovels in the upper pit are now at the crusher lvl. Nice video! Our longest run we currently have from the very bottom all the way to the outside BC dumps is 42 minutes one-way.

  30. C. Victoria Ritchie on May 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Very cool!

  31. WatchYoutubeAllDay on May 31, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Very informative! Thank you.

  32. Relay TeK on May 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

    The Crusher output goes by conveyer to the Transfer Station west of Copperton Utah from there it goes to another conveyor up to the Concentrator north of Copperton, Utah!
    @ present work on crusher relocation to the top of the filled up former Bingham Canyon is ongoing!

  33. Westville Finest on May 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

    No one was hurt cause they new it was coming

  34. AP on May 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

    I live in Sandy, UT and see this mine every day across the valley while I’m on my way to work.

  35. dave kathy on May 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Ammonia phosphate makes boom, drills are used for oil also.

  36. Houston Denton on May 31, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Saw this quarry from my flight from SNA to SLC. It’s shockingly gigantic!

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  39. MrGrunthunter's Adventures on May 31, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Great overview. We saw a similar mine up in Montana about 20 years ago. We may have to check this one out this fall.

  40. Mike Day on May 31, 2022 at 8:27 am

    So that giant hole didn’t used to be there?

  41. Mitch Miter on May 31, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I once had the hell job

  42. RJW 831 on May 31, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Mark, I’m just wondering… it possible and/or cost efficient to replace your tag with a steerable version?

  43. Nolan Rueckert on May 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

    This is amazing I love copper and mines and seeing how large this place is it’s so cool

  44. Eastern Traveller on May 31, 2022 at 8:33 am

    the machines are like little working beatles from the distance

  45. Porter Vanderlinden on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    My dad works for this company! Great video, I’ve been in it

  46. Matthew McCullough on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Should of said old visitor center isn’t there anymore.

  47. WILLIAM COOLEY on May 31, 2022 at 8:34 am

    Great video. I remember going by the Bucyrus Erie plant in Erie PA. when I was young. I use to thing it was a neet place because they had a big yard where they got to play with all the new toys as the came off the assembly line before shipping them to the customers. Or just because they could.

  48. Jack Reed on May 31, 2022 at 8:35 am

    The small rusty loader on rails you were talking about it still made and used in underground mines around the world. It runs on air and I helped rebuild one in the ’70’s that was going to South America. I also rebuilt an electric "locomotive" that was used to pull strings of the small ore cars that the loader loaded.

  49. Matthew McCullough on May 31, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Too bad the visitor center isn’t there anymore! Half the Mountain slid into the mine about 4 years ago it was a big thing on the news here in Salt Lake.

  50. Jabber Jawz on May 31, 2022 at 8:40 am

    I had read an article about Kennecott Copper mine and wanted to look up video of it and I stumbled across this video. Did you say you got your start at Bucyrus Erie? In Erie, Pa? I am from Erie, Pa. I was a kid when Bucyrus closed, I think it was the 80’s.. It was like the first in a long line of manufacturing plants to shut down here. The building itself reopened and it is now PSB. I’m a welder, I’ve been in there a few times, most recently, last January to take a pipe welding test. Are you originally from Erie, Pa? Huge coincidence that I clicked on this video.

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