Bucket wheel excavator SRs6300
The 17-meter-high, 180-ton bucket wheel of what was once the largest excavator of its type is a contemporary witness from the Breitenfeld open pit mine.
The SRs 6300 bucket wheel excavator was one of the largest excavators of its type in the world. It was assembled in 1989 and prepared for use in the Breitenfeld open pit mine. However, the open pit mine was closed down in 1991 after a short period of operation. Since it was uneconomical to move it to a new location, it was blown up in 1996. A 17 m high and 180 t heavy bucket wheel could be set up and secured as a contemporary witness after the blasting. Small components of the opencast mining operation are included in the surface design around the impressive bucket wheel.