From Industrial-Craft-Wiki
(Redirected from Automated Miner)
Jump to: navigation, search
Miner ig.png
Grid Miner.png
Type Machine
Tool Grid Wrench.png
Armor rating {{{armorrating}}}
Damage {{{damage}}}
Durability {{{durability}}}
Mining level {{{mininglevel}}}
Stackable Yes (64)
Flammable No
Danger {{{danger}}}
Protection {{{protection}}}
Storage 3 tools
15 output
Liquid Storage {{{lstorage}}} mB
Grid Ejector Upgrade.png
Grid Advanced Ejector Upgrade.png
Grid Pulling Upgrade.png
Grid Advanced Pulling Upgrade.png
Previous tier {{{prevtier}}}
Next tier Grid Advanced Miner.png Advanced Miner
Energy Consumption
Max EU Input 32 EU/t (LV)
EU Use ~2-24 EU/t
Depending on drill / scanner
EU Per Operation ~1350 EU
EU Storage 1000 EU
EU Production {{{eu_produce}}} EU/t
Max EU Output {{{maxout}}}
Max Heat Input {{{maxhu}}} HU/t
Heat Use {{{hu_use}}} HU/t
Heat Production {{{hu_produce}}} HU/t
Max Kinetic Input {{{maxku}}} KU/t
Kinetic Use {{{ku_use}}} KU/t
Kinetic Production {{{ku_produce}}} KU/t
Technical Details
Operation Length ~33-2.8 Seconds
UU Cost {{{uu_cost}}}
First appearance Early IC1
Last appearance {{{lastappearance}}}
ID IC2:blockMachine@7
Flow Speed {{{fluidspeed}}} m/s
Player Speed {{{movespeed}}}

The automated Miner is the lazy man's answer 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!?


Grid Electronic Circuit.png

Grid Chest.png
Grid Machine.png
Grid Mining Pipe.png

Grid Electronic Circuit.png

Grid Miner.png


Running the Miner requires 3 things:

  • Energy from a cable or portable sources. It will only accept 32EU/p
  • Mining Pipe is consumed to dig down, but will be returned if the drill is removed.
  • A Grid Mining Drill.png Mining Drill or Grid Diamond Drill.png Diamond Drill


  • An Grid OD Scanner.png OD Scanner or Grid OV Scanner.png OV Scanner, so that it branches off to the sides to mine blocks, instead of just boring a shaft directly down.
  • A Grid Pump.png Pump to collect lava and water blocks that get in the way of mining.

These are optional, but highly recommended.


The GUI of the Miner containing a Diamond Drill, Mining Pipe, an OV Scanner, and an Ejector Upgrade.

To use the Miner, insert a Drill Bit into the top-left, a Scanner in the bottom-left and Mining Pipes into the middle-left.

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 stored in the inventory of the Miner. Placing an Grid Ejector Upgrade.png Ejector Upgrade in the top right slot will make the Miner eject the ores and cobblestone into whatever inventory the Ejector Upgrade is set to eject to.

Once the Miner has finished, you can retract the pipes by removing the Drill bit. If you place a stack (eg. of cobblestone) in the pipe slot, this will be placed in place of the pipe, avoiding leaving a deep dangerous hole.

An easy method of efficiently mining with the 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 Grid Geothermal Generator.png Geothermal Generator, as you are likely to be relatively deep and pumping Lava from a Grid Pump.png Pump adjacent to the Miner is an energy efficient means to power the Miner.

Scanning Range

A miner with an Grid OD Scanner.png OD Scanner mines all ore in a 7x7 block column (3 for each direction + the shaft) centered and below it.

The 7x7 blocks area

A miner with an Grid OV Scanner.png OV Scanner mines all ore in a massive 13x13 block column!


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

Placing a Grid Pump.png Pump next to the Miner will automatically extract liquids, storing the lava in the tank and discarding the water. Liquid extraction will not allow the Miner to penetrate large bodies of liquid (ie: oceans or lakes) as source blocks regenerate faster than the Pump can gather them.

Energy Costs

Rough power costs for one operation
Tools Grid Mining Drill.png Mining Drill Grid Diamond Drill.png Diamond Drill
EU ~1250 ~1190
Grid OD Scanner.png OD Scanner ~140 ~1390 ~1330
Grid OV Scanner.png OV Scanner ~160 ~1410 ~1350

Based on just few hundred block mining, don't know why this strange result came out

The Diamond Drill is far more expensive but around four times faster.


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.

Other Notes

  • Miners can not mine through items like torches, redstone wiring, etc.
  • In the 2.X Experimental version of IndustrialCraft there is an Grid Advanced Miner.png Advanced Miner with two modes: blacklist and whitelist. It can accept up to High Voltage (512 EU/t), and does not need Mining Pipe or a Mining Drill.
  • 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. Example