A Mining Turtle is the same as a Turtle, only now you can use it to do your mining for you. A great place to get started with this is right click on the Mining Turtle once placed to open the GUI. Type in excavate then a number (e.g excavate 3). By typing excavate 3, you are telling it to mine 3x3 hole down to bedrock. It can return before hand if it encounters a problem. By typing excavate 9, you are telling it to mine a 9x9 hole to bedrock.
So you might be thinking, ok, excavate 100. Well, unfortunatly, it isn't that straight forward: it only has 9 inventory slots and once they are filled, the Turtle will return to the place where it started mining from. To continue mining the same size hole, break the turtle and return it to the next possible starting point that has the same y coordinates as the original starting point.
If you put a chest adjacent to where the mining turtle starts, the turtle will empty its contents into the chest. It will also empty the coal into the chest and so may run out of fuel.
Since it mines every minable block at the same speed, the mining turtle is also very useful for quickly mining obsidian, as long as you're familiar with the controls.
The Mining Turtle has an EMC value of 26511 (not counting the glass pane in the computer).
Excavate: The turtle will dig in a ?X? (e.g. 'excavate 5' will make the turtle dig down in a 5X5 hole) straight down to bedrock level.
Tunnel: The turtle will dig a 3X2 tunnel for a ? amount of blocks.(e.g. 'tunnel 143' will make a 3X2X143 tunnel in the direction it pointing) Dig: The turtle will dig the block in front of it.
Dance: The turtle will dance.
There are also other commands that are not listed here.
|Item||Movement gained||Added by|
|Recharge station||187 per. sec.||FTB|
Although mining turtles are one of the most powerful automation tools available in the Technic Pack, they do have some problems:
- When the chunk they're in is unloaded, they will stop mid-program.
- If a mining turtle mines any block that a Vis Crystal (from ThaumCraft 2) is connected to, the crystal will drop next to the turtle rather than being collected in its inventory. However, the mining turtle will collect the crystal if it mines it directly.