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For the quarry in buildcraft 2 - see this.
For the quarry in buildcraft 3 - see this.
The Quarry will excavate a 9x9 or an area specified with landmarks. It will continue mining down until it reaches bedrock or lava. There is the option to adjust the size of the quarry using landmarks. The Quarry must be powered by a redstone clock. On starting, the Quarry will start building its frame and clear the area within it. Any blocks it replaces or clears are simply dropped. Once the frame is complete, it will spawn a crane-like structure that will begin to mine the area one block at a time. These blocks will "pop out" from the Quarry, unless a pipe is attached to take the items. There is no need for a wood pipe to fetch the items, the Quarry will place the items into a connected stone, cobblestone, gold pipe, iron pipe or diamond pipe on its own. If the quarry encounters lava while digging, the rest of the blocks under the lava will not be mined. If the lava is turned to obsidian or cobblestone, the quarry will return to mining those blocks again, ensuring the entire area is dug out. If the quarry has finished all it can (all the bottom of the quarry is bedrock or lava) then it will need to be replaced before it will mine again. ( In SSP, if you have removed the lava after it has finished and gets "stuck", you can simply save and rejoin your game, and the quarries will work again. )
Recipe EditThe recipe requires:
A Quarry can function at any level. Simply placing it against a shaft wall and powering it is all that is required to start the default 9x9 area. The blocks in the frame area will be destroyed.
Uses in ConversionEdit
The Quarry is instrumental if you would like to create a system that converts blocks into items, and back again, without player intervention. Under this system, blocks that you would like to place into pipes are pushed into the quarry area at a high level, so that the quarry will constantly mine these blocks and place them into Pipes.