Name Miner
Source Mod IndustrialCraft2
ID Name
Type Machine
Stackable Yes (64)
Blast Resistance 10.0
Hardness 2.0
Solid Yes
Transparent No
Affected by Gravity No
Emits Light No
Flammable No
Required Tool Wrench
Current LV (32 EU/p)

The Miner is a machine from IndustrialCraft2 that searches for ores in either a 5x5 or 9x9 area with itself in the center. It then drills straight down and extracts only the ores (and the blocks in the way of the ores). Unlike the BuildCraft Quarry, it does not remove all of the stone in a given area, only that which is needed to access the ores. The Miner is a formidable machine to extract ores from The End and from the 20 lowest layers of the Nether, if you have mods that add ores to these dimensions.

Required Components[edit]

The Miner requires a number of different components to function properly.

Without a scanner card, the Miner will drill a single 1x1 shaft straight down. With one of the two scanners installed, it will check a 5x5 or 9x9 area. The Mining Drill is more efficient in terms of power to blocks harvested, but slower and incapable of breaking Obsidian like the Diamond Drill. The Miner needs a Pump with Empty Cells beside itself; otherwise it will be stopped by lava or water.


Both miner and pump need a low voltage (max 32EU/p) current. Once powered, the miner will place the pipes below itself to dig down and extract ore it finds in its scan range. Any ore found will be brought up and ejected onto the surface next to the miner. Placing a chest or other inventory next to the miner will result in the ore being stored instead. Once the miner has finished, the pipes can be retracted by removing the Drill from the Miner. If blocks are placed in the pipe slot at the same time, the miner will refill the shaft (though not any side passages) as it reclaims the pipes.

Once the Miner is retracted, it is recommended to mark where the miner was placed with a torch or similar object to help determine where to place the next miner. To prevent from spelunking in areas that have been cleared of ore by the Miner, check the mini map used in your modpack while it is in cave mode. You should see holes that occur periodically. These are places the Miner has mined.

If the miner has insufficient power flowing to it for it's continuous operation, it will stall a lot. If the miner isn't running continuously, expect to spend a very long time waiting for it to finish. For this reason, you should not use the diamond drill, or any scanner that you cant support at full power. It should be noted that the miner needs (or at least my experiments suggest this is true) more than 128 EU/t to operate at full speed with a diamond pick and OV scanner yielding about 4-5 blocks per second. One MV-Transformer and two LV-Transformers are needed to avoid exploding the miner with oversized packets. Additionally, it seems that the most demanding resource for the power consumption is the drill, the scanner seems to make little to no difference in power needs. The diamond drill needs at most 256 EU/t, but 128 EU/t is not enough. The mining drill seems to need 128 EU/t, and 64 EU/t is not enough.

An easy method of efficiently mining with the Miner is to dig down to the upper level of the strata containing the ore being sought, thus avoiding the less desirable layers. Dig a horizontal tunnel and place the Miner in a grid pattern, moving it each time bedrock is reached.

For power, consider using a Geothermal Generator or Thermal Generator when working deep underground with plentiful lava sources. For surface operations, a Miner can be powered with Solar Panels, or even an Advanced Lappack charging a MFE with a LV-Transformer to down-step the voltage. Bear in mind that both the miner and pump need EU to operate, and bring appropriate power sources.

On rare occasions, the Miner can become "caught" on a natural Cobblestone generator, a place where flowing water meets flowing lava to produce Cobblestone. The Miner will mine the Cobblestone as fast as it is produced which will lead to wasted EU and massive amounts of Cobblestone if not noticed. If the player finds the Miner using energy but not producing anything but Cobblestone for an extended period and no pipes being used, this may be the cause. The player may wish to either pack up the Miner and move to a new location or go down to fix the problem manually.

If your server runs the Forestry Mod, the miner can on occasion get stumped by the presence of a beehive, which will need to be manually removed and the miner reset before it can continue.

There is currently a bug with the Miner where when it first deploys, it will lay down a mining pipe in the world without consuming any of the pipes in its inventory. This appears to be resolved in Minecraft 1.5.2 version modpacks.


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Electronic Circuit
Electronic Circuit

Mining Pipe


Before 1.6

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Electronic Circuit
Machine Block
Electronic Circuit

Mining Pipe

Mining Pipe



Miner can be used to craft the following items: