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Rookie Mechanic Sent to Fix $1,000,000 Gold Digging Excavator in a Pinch

It might seem like going out and digging for gold is an incredibly profitable venture. While that might be true, making real money from it isn’t as simple as heading out with a pan and a shovel. Instead, millions of dollars in equipment can be necessary to get the job done in a way that’s really going to yield some profits.

For example, some of the excavators that end up on a job site of gold diggers can cost seven figures. Not only that but there are usually several machines on the site that attempt to get the job done.

Needless to say, when one of these machines isn’t functioning, money is being lost big time. In this particular case, we check in with an episode of Gold Rush that has a 750 excavator out of commission. In place of the machine, the man in charge of the site is using a 480 which can function but is only able to move 1/3 of the load that a 750 can.

In order to get this machine back on track, Rick, the man in charge, called for a mechanic. What he got, though, was a man who was a little bit younger than he had expected. At just 20 years old, the mechanic who showed up was only a third-year apprentice. This young man was given quite a big task.

Sure, at the end of the day, the excavator did only require assembly and there was no complicated troubleshooting involved. However, we’re sure that lots could’ve gone wrong with this 750 being put together. One mistake could mean more downtime and expensive parts being broken. This is certainly a situation where we would be inclined to think that a third-year apprentice had some proving himself to do.

Down in the video below, we check in with the intense situation where this million-dollar machine needed to be brought back to life.