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    I owned a Marion 43M shovel--4-71 GM diesel pneumatic controls
    definitely the smoothest handling cable machine to pass thru my stable

    Marion was never second tier to Bucyrus---or any other shovel builder---


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    How did you find those expanding shoe clutches on the 43? I had to fit some used ones on an old 43Marion-Babcock and found them not too exciting. Mind you , it was fitted with the "Rolls-Royce" of diesel engines, how that company put their name to such an awful engine I can't imagine.
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    Richard

    my machine --build year 1956---was configured as heel boom log loader

    there was a time when timber 6 -8 feet thru was harvested here--

    the boom was an L shaped affair which allowed the wire rope held log grapple to open and lock into log --when suspended the log inboard end was stabilized by v shaped flange weldment on boom
    this allowed swing onto truck or rail car--machine could comfortably handle 20 short ton loads

    I had no problem with the hoist or boom elevation mechanism on 43M

    but my Bucyrus no 15--dragline configured--required constant tweaking--
    with components wearing more rapidly

    Marion's ongoing tribute is legacy of launch vehicle transport at Kennedy facility--Cape Canaveral---the 6 million lb Transporter

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