The Archless Bucket

The Page archless bucket could be seen on draglines from many manufacturers. The absence of an arch was said to be an advantage in making the bucket lighter and in loading and emptying large rocks, which could sometimes stick fast under the arch. Above, a K&J Coal Co. Manitowoc 4600 (a crawler-mounted dragline that was very popular among central Pennsylvania coal operators) uses a 7 cu.-yd. archless at a stripping near LeContes Mills in 1971. Below, an operator's view of the bucket. (Note the water in the cut, even though this pit was on a hilltop.)
Below, a Lima 2400 in factory black-and-yellow uses an archless bucket while doing backfilling at a Johnson and Morgan Coal Co. mine near Moshannon.
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