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The power shovel is the workhorse of the pipeline. A multitude of attachments can be put on the end of the arm to address whatever the job of the day is. This day, pipe needed to be unloaded from trucks without damaging the factory coating and placed on wooden blocks adjacent to where the trench would be. This attachment is an electromagnet shaped to fit the curve of the pipe and powerful enough to lift the huge pipe section without grasping it. Watching the unloading process is watching modern magic at its best.
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