Logo-IC2 40 Miner contains information about the Industrial Craft mod.
Block Miner
Type Machine
Tool Grid Wrench (Industrialcraft)
Stackable No
Mod Included Industrial Craft

The Automated Miner is one of the lazy man's answers to mining.

Why spend all that time down in dangerous caves when with a little EU, and a few bits and pieces, you can mine ore from the surface!

Maximum Input: 32 EU/T before exploding.

Returns machine block when mined with pickaxe.


To run, the Automated Miner requires 3 things, with several other highly recommended things (however they are not necessary):

Energy: From a cable or portable sources (NOT including Batpacks or Tier II or Tier III energy devices.)

Pipe: Mining pipe is consumed to dig down. Returned once the miner retracts

Drill bit: Mining Drill or Diamond Drill


Scanner: OD Scanner or OV Scanner | So that it branches off to the sides to mine blocks, instead of just boring a shaft directly down.

Pump: Pump with Empty Cell | To collect source water blocks that get in the way of mining, and to clear + store lava in a stackable container.


To use the miner insert a Drill Bit into the top-left, a Scanner in the top-right and your Mining Pipes into the top-middle.

The miner will consume the pipes to dig down extracting ore it finds in its scan range(See Scanning Range section).

Any ore found will be brought up and ejected onto the surface next to the miner. Placing a chest next to the miner will result in the ore being stored in it instead.

Once the miner has finished you can retract the pipes by removing the Drill bit. Also you may place blocks (Dirt etc.) in the pipe slot to fill in the shaft when it retracts.

An easy method of efficiently mining with the Automated Miner is to dig down to the upper level of the strata containing the ore you are seeking. Dig through a tunnel until you find a scan result you are happy with and set up the Miner. For power, consider using a Geothermal Generator, as you are likely to be relatively deep and hauling buckets of Lava is an energy efficient means to power the Miner.

Scanning rangeEdit

A miner with an OD Scanner mines all ore in a 5x5 block area around it.

Miner area

However a miner with an OV Scanner mines all ore in a massive 9x9 block area!

Miner area large


If the miner hits water or lava while tunneling it will stop unless they are cleared.

Alternatively if you place a Pump next to the miner (filled with empty cells) it will extract the liquids for you, storing the lava in the cells for power generation!


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Electronic Circuit

Machine Block

Mining Pipe(IC)

Mining Pipe(IC)

Electronic Circuit


Energy CostsEdit

Rough power costs for one operation:

Mining Drill: ~450-470 EU

Diamond Drill: ~880-900 EU

OD Scanner: ~65-75 EU

OV Scanner: ~165-190 EU

So the cost to drill down 1 level with a Mining Drill + OD Scanner is ~460+~70 = 530

And the cost to drill down 1 level with a Diamond Drill + OD Scanner is ~990+~70 = 960

Diamond Drills are far more expensive but far faster. ~4 times as fast.


A miner with a Mining Drill and OD Scanner will use ~2-3 EU/t.

A miner with a Diamond Drill and OV Scanner will use ~20-24 EU/t due to the higher cost per tool and faster mining speed.


  • Miners cannot mine through items like torches, redstone wiring etc.
  • Sought after blocks are controlled in the .minecraft/config/IC2.cfg file on the line start with valuableOres=, if you want to add blocks from other mods the list is a comma separated set of blocks following this pattern: blockID-Damage:ScannerValue, ; when the damage value is not specified all possible values match. [1]
  • by adding lava source blocks to the list of valuable ores one can use a pump and miner to bring up significant amounts of lava from the nether.
  • You might want to just paste and use this from the beginning 8-0:1, 10-0:1, 11-0:1, 14:3, 15:4, 16:1, 21:3, 49:1, 56:5, 73:3, 183:1, 2314:1, 2400:1, 2401:1, 2402:1, 2415-5:1 Here 8-0 - "disturbed" water source, 10-0, 11-0 - lava sources, 49 - obsidian, 183 - all nether ores, 2314 - rubi to nikolite ores from Red Power, 2400..2402 - uranium, tin, copper, 2415-5 - tainted vis ore.

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