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The Excavator is a specialised digging operations machine used by International Rescue. Rescue operations involving the Excavator often include mine or cave collapses.

The Excavator is equipped with a powerful precision drill in the scoop containing the rock crushers that can cut through extremely tough rock and metal.

The rock cutter spins forward, scraping rock pieces into the scoop where they are crushed. The crushed rock and dust goes through some ducts and out two extraction nozzles at the rear of the vehicle.

Technical Data

  • Length: 68 feet
  • Power Source: 800 bhp high-compression engine
  • Weight: 26 tons
  • Width: 25 feet

Cutaway Drawings

As far as is known, only two cutaway drawings of the Excavator exists. The first appeared in the Redan comic (issue 81), and was illustrated by Graham Bleathman. The second drawing was included in the Haynes Thunderbirds manual.


  • The Excavator's precision drill is made from Formula C30/1 Cahelium alloy. The Mole's drill bit is also constructed from this.

The Excavator In Action