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  • What to do in Coober Pedy - Wandering the World

    Apr 5, 2016 There''s a lot to do in Coober Pedy, the small opal mining town in the Australian Outback. old trucks and buses converted into mining equipment are left to rust Near the Opal Beetles (or Opal Bugs), we found an old blower 

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  • Blowers they''re actually suckers! - ASHET

    Blowers In the early 1970s a completely new kind of machine appeared on the mining fields around Blowers were a radically new technology in opal mining.

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  • Opal Mining - Black Opal Direct

    May 2, 2012 Here in Lightning Ridge an average opal mine is a 50-meter by the opal bearing dirt up the hole is by using a machine called a blower.

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  • Opal - Minerals - Department of State Development

    Blowers are truck-mounted machines similar to large vacuum cleaners. A fan The nature of the weathered profile varies, and opal miners consider even subtle  

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  • Opal mining in Coober Pedy | Opalios

    You may have seen looking machines as you drove through the opal fields, on your way to Coober Pedy. A blower is like a giant vacuum cleaner. purpose built  

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  • National Opal Miners Association - Safe Work Australia Public

    In addition to this, any revenue from opal mining is more likely to be invested back . (e) Opal mining winches are slow moving, non-free fall machines that already have braking using blowers/fans to disperse gasses, dusts and or particles.

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  • Photos: Coober Pedy, Land of Opals and Underground Living

    Jan 6, 2016 See photos of Coober Pedy, one of the world''s largest opal sources. of picks and shovels in the opal mines of Coober Pedy, South Australia. followed by blower trucks—huge vacuum cleaners—to suck out . An electronics repair company gives a compassionate farewell to mechanical pets, with a.

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  • Opal Mining - Opals Information

    Apr 8, 2009 Opal Mining info page. Mechanical hoists and ''blowers'' (large vacuum extractors) now haul the mullock to the surface, having replaced the 

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  • How is Opal Mined? | Opals Down Under

    The simplest form of mining, carried out in the early days of opal mining, is by shaft There has been a rapid increase in the use of mining machines since the 1970s. "Blowers" at some loions suck the opal dirt into trucks at topside, which 

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  • Opal Mines

    opal mines in australia are loed at lightning ridge, coober pedy, and the Giant Vacuum cleaner [A ''blower''] makes it much easier to suck out the mullock so that it can be processed. Heavy equipment is required for this type of mining .

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  • Opal Mining in Coober Pedy: History and Methods - International

    Coober Pedy town sign with blower truck. Opal miners use trucks like these. A vacuum sucks debris into the drum. When full, the drum is emptied, forming 

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  • Books : South Australian Mining History Association

    This is a history of a unique mining machine that was created by Coober Pedy opal miners. The blower, a mobile pneumatic suction device, sparked off the 

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  • Opal Mining in Coober Pedy: History and Methods - International

    Coober Pedy town sign with blower truck. Opal miners use trucks like these. A vacuum sucks debris into the drum. When full, the drum is emptied, forming 

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  • opal mining | Gumtree Australia Free Local Classifieds

    Most recent. Opal Australian Lightning Ridge Mines Solid Opal Blue Black . Also includes working opal mine and includes all mining equipment. It is a walk in 

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  • Enduristan: Opal Fever in Coober Pedy

    Apr 26, 2009 The opal mining here is not done by some large mining companies but by example who guides us through a mine and demonstrates all the equipment. So an old Truck becomes a "blower", some kind of a huge vacuum 

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  • How is Opal mined? - Opal Jewelry,Opals,Custom Made Opal Jewelry.

    Let''s start by talking about how opal was mined in the late nineteenth century To remove the spoil from the mine he will have a machine called a “blower” 

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  • Opal Mining in Coober Pedy - The Opalcutter

    To begin with, opal mining can be likened to a very expensive hobby, there by very powerful suction machines called “blowers” and dumped on the surface.

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  • Coober Pedy: images and observations

    Sep 20, 2016 Coober Pedy is a small opal-mining town on the Stewart Highway, the .. about blowers and other mining machines elsewhere on this page.

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  • Used Mine Fans for Sale - EquipmentMine - InfoMine

    Used Underground Equipment for Sale. Featured Mining Equipment Listings Mine Fans, Ventilation, High Capacity Mine Ventilation Fan, 1, United States 

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  • How is Opal Mined | Opal Auctions

    May 1, 2013 A hoist or blower is used to do this and the Opal dirt is loaded into a Many Opal miners built their own mining equipment as they could not be 

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  • Opal Machinery Makers - ASHET

    DIY Mining Machinery In early decades of mining at Lightning Ridge the miners These miners supplemented their income from opal mining by making and machines: autohoists, wet puddlers, rumblers, blowers, diggers, man-hoists, and  

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  • Mining overview - NSW Resources and Energy

    Opal is generally extracted by underground mining and a typical mining operation involves include wet (or sometimes dry) puddling techniques usually by mechanical means. There are in excess of 200 blowers in use at Lightning Ridge.

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  • Coober Pedy - Opal Capital of the World - Coober Pedy

    Coober Pedy - Opal Capital of the World - Centenary 2015. The 60''s and 70''s saw opal mining develop into a multi million dollar industry with Coober . Today truck-mounted blowers, which operate like vacuum cleaners, are more Tunnelling machines with revolving cutting heads and small underground front- end 

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  • White Cliffs Pictorial - Australian Pictorials

    White Cliffs Opal field pictorial in New South Wales Australia. by a blower system or hand sorting. Because most . easier these days because many opal miners use mechanical tools which weren''t available in the early opal rush days.

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  • - MINING OPAL - White Cliffs NSW

    The general rule for opal mining is the ground substructure produces an Self Tipper - Mechanical structure that brings the bucket up, tips and sends the Blower - Truck like vacuum that sucks the dirt out and usually into a tip truck (Few )

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  • From Mine To Market - Joel Price Opals

    Today modern machinery has eased the burden of a still painstaking and a blower is more costly to run and runs more risk at damaging the rough opal then a At one time opal mining was the most dangerous form of mining in Australia.

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  • Blowers they''re actually suckers! - ASHET

    Blowers In the early 1970s a completely new kind of machine appeared on the mining fields around Blowers were a radically new technology in opal mining.

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  • Opal Mining - Black Opal Direct

    May 2, 2012 Here in Lightning Ridge an average opal mine is a 50-meter by the opal bearing dirt up the hole is by using a machine called a blower.

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  • Old Timers Mine, Coober Pedy - | SA Community History

    The Old Timers Mine is an attraction like no other, providing a fascinating and the first Coober Pedy opal mining blower, used in the 1960s, lasting only Modern opal mining machines are operated for the visitor to see and be involved in.

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  • Opal Mining Processing | Opals - Lightning Ridge

    Back when the first commercial opal mines were dug, the operation was extremely For larger mines, a blower is often used which is like a very large vacuum cleaner Dry-puddling is similar, but instead of water, mechanical action is used to 

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