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Coal

Segments of a Mechanical Coal-Cutter

Description:
The first miners used their own physical strength and implements such as picks to cut coal. As the mining industry developed, mechanical means were devised for cutting coal at an increased rate. These coal cutters operated on a principle similar to that of a chain-saw with a series of linked teeth. Each ‘tooth’ was tipped with an extra hard metal alloy.
Source:
The Baird Institute
Digital Number:
EAMI053n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council