Bucket Wheel Excavator is LEGO set 42055-1. It has a score of 81. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 1 reviews, based on 6 scored reviews and 11 reviews total. It is ranked in the bottom 48.98% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2016, and it is categorised in Technic.
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Contrary to a few other people, I would say that the XL-motor has enough power to do the job, but the slip clutches go too easily while digging. And, as I found out, the slip clutches are needed! While digging larger pieces, some of them don't leave the buckets at the top, and go around the wheel until they jam. If you didn't have the slip clutches in this situation, you might wreck something. I am working on adding another XL-motor, after the gearbox. The clutches, (not to be confused with the slip clutches,) cannot handle anything more than an XL-motor, so I don't want to wreck them with too much power. Other than that, the set is solid. I was especially impressed by the lengths they took to make the main turntable sturdy so that it doesn't bind on anything. The model, like 42042, doesn't turn, and this one is more difficult to mod because there is much less room by the tracks. However, the model isn't designed to move as fast as the Crawler Crane, so I found it less of an issue. Their are boatloads of good pieces on this model, I was especially impressed by the 32 pulleys they provide as well as the amount of track. The mining truck they provide is almost the same as 42035 with the sad exception of the engine. I think they should have kept that part of the truck, but it is still a very good add-on. Overall this is a very good model. Just because it's Technic and it costs over $200 doesn't mean it's going to be great. This one is.
W.O.W. This set is so detailed & intricate! The manual (one HUGE book!) is well made & will hold up over many builds & rebuilds. The box is gorgeous, the packaging convenient. There are lots of extra pieces, so no worries about missing something. The gears are smooth & slow, just like the real machine. Beautifully recreated, incredibly accurate, hours of building pleasure.This is a MUST HAVE for the crazed LEGO fan in your life.
Die-hard Technic fans will ignore all the criticisms and have probably not only bought this already but will be working on modifications and improvements to solve some of the issues we've talked about. But for those who are wavering… £180 is a lot of money to spend on a set that has limited play value, is awkward to put on show due to its size, and struggles to carry out the functions for which it's designed.
It is a fascinating and in some ways unusual build, resulting in a truly giant piece of mining equipment. Aside from the various functions I have described throughout this review there are a lot of fulfilling play features, including the addition of the white mining truck. However the main function, the scooping and transportation of dirt, only works well if you give it a hand; the bucket-wheel does not always move in a constant fashion and is jerky. Like the real thing, most of the other motorised functions are sluggish to the extreme but this merely emphasises the physical limits of how big a LEGO Technic set can become. Indeed, perhaps 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator stretches the boundaries of what is possible with axles, gears and beams.
It's a great set to build and to behold but its operation lets it down a bit. Also, its size -- while impressive -- will make it difficult for many people, myself included, to display. It's not something you could take into work and put on your desk, for example! I am therefore not able to wholeheartedly recommend this set: Personally I think it's pushing the boundaries of what's possible with Technic, particularly the Power Functions system, a bit too far and the model has suffered as a result.
If the 'rocks' were LEGO footballs and 1x1 spheres (which don't exist) I am sure it would work perfectly, but as it is, yes, it works, but not without problems. Nevertheless it's a very interesting machine to construct and operate and if you have the opportunity to build it for yourself I encourage you to so do. Perhaps you'll come up with some fixes for the other issues... [Editor's note: This review is for the alternate model.]
Get this set! It's a great model with lots of play features. And if you don't like the model, you will get a lot of good rebrickable parts.
What can I say other than to utter lots of superlatives? This is the biggest Technic model ever in terms of dimensions and in terms of parts. It's complexity is right up there with the best, it works great, and it is a wonderful parts pack. Yes it costs a lot, but if you were starting a Technic collection from scratch this one model would provide everything you need for years of building (except, strangely, wheels).