Mining in Manitoba

Slusher Mining

Engineering Considerations

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slusher2.jpg (23086 bytes) Although not an actual mining method, the use of slushers for removing ore from drawpoints and pillar stopes was common in the past.

A slusher is essentially a double drum hoist. Slushers may have either electric or compressed air motors of 5 to 125 hp.

One cable of the slusher is attached to the front of the scraper so that it can be pulled towards the slusher and an orepass. The other cable goes around a block securely fastened in the far end if the slusher drift or pillar and is attached to the back of the scraper. Pulling this cable brings the bucket toward the end of the drift or pillar for another load. As the scraper is dragged across the muck pile, the ore is pulled into an ore pass or into an ore car.

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