Canadian Digs Out Basement Using Only Radio Controlled Scale Tractors And Trucks…Since 2005!

Excavating a basement using professional machinery is nothing new but doing it with radio controlled (RC) scaled models is something unheard of. Welcome to the little big world of Joe, from Saskatchewan, Canada.

For the past 7 years (!), Joe has been digging out his basement at an average annual rate of 8 to 9 cubic feet using nothing more than RC tractors and trucks!

And we’re talking about the whole nine yards here – he starts by transporting the excavator on an RC truck to the basement, unloads it, digs and uses other trucks to transfer the dirt up to the ground through a spiral ramp! He even has a miniature rock crusher!

“I feel quite fortunate to have stumbled onto this basement excavation idea, it’s been a great past time to date dreaming up new ideas to tackle different projects along the way,” Joe wrote on the Scale4x4rc forums where he also posted pictures and videos of his feat.

“It’s been a great hobby thus far, dreaming up – building all sorts of different minature equipment from kits or from scratch for this “mining” project. If it wasn’t for this mining project I probably would have lost of interest in this hobby by now b/c once the models are built – the novelty of how they work & perform would wear off with no task to be accomplished them,” he notes in another post.

Take a look at the pictures Joe posted on the forum as well as a sample of the videos he’s recorded over the years after the break, and then head over to the comments area for your thoughts.

*Corrections: A previous version of this article said Joe had been working on the project since 1997. Joe came in contact with Carscoops and told us that he was practicing the hobby of radio controlled models since 1996, but began the basement project in June of 2005

Update! If you want to know more about Joe and how this hobby came to be, click here to read his story

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Story References: Scale4x4rc via Houston-Imports

  • archeval

    now if he could automate the whole process with a software controller to have it dig for him and machines not in use go to a charging station that would be even more impressive to me

  • Jim

    I have been into RC for many years, Cars, Boats, Planes..Now this is soooo
    impressive…what a great hobby you are in..no one can possibly understand the fun you are having till they have tried it..

  • C Jones

    Maybe his next project will be construction of a scale model underground railroad between the barn and the house. I would love to see a scale model tunnel borer and track layer in operation.

  • Sam

    I want to do this….. Except I want to set things so that all the RC devices are controlled by computer… And are able to work while unsupervised.
    Start on a project at the beginning of the day, check on it from work and come back to it when it’s done. Then perhaps 3D print some buildings on the construction sight. Oh, and perhaps use slightly larger RC trucks and equipment.

  • Fred Flinstone

    Commenting on articles is a waste of life.

  • gio

    When there is nothing else to do in Canada…

    This man unfortunately proves so many stereotypes about Canadians right…

  • gbb

    “He making the news everywhere…”. Oh, boy…

    Sorry, this is the only site that has it or would care.

    • No I’ve seen this news already a few years ago on another website.

  • Runner

    Some people land on the moon, invent the car or airplane, or have 5,000 years of history…This is what you get in Canada.

    Oh, boy…

  • PoorCanada

    Agree, but it is Canada so don’t expect much.

  • That is so awesome!

  • BrunoT

    Must be some soft soil. My real size backhoe will lift itself off the ground sometimes trying to dig in really hard clay and rock.

  • Six_Tymes

    Two points goes to Jeff!

  • Gator

    I got here looking for a remote control tractor loader to put to work in my yard. Something of the larger scale (about 3’to 4′ in length, 250 pounds US load capacity), all be it. Quite amazing what he was able to accomplish w/ the small machinery that was used.

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