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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2016 - 02:55 PM

Today I had an interesting job given to me.  Go to the mine, go to the overland belt drive, open up the top cover of a large gear reducer and fish out an iphone 6 plus that a guy had dropped in there awhile inspecting the gearing 2 days ago.  I went to lowes picked up one of those trash grabbers and see if I could snag it.

 

The inspection hole was about 10"x10".  This gear case holds 150 gallons of oil, is roughly 8 feet long 2 feet wide, and 6 feet tall.  We eventually drained the oil out, and found the phone.  After much messing around I was finally able to get ahold of it with the trash grabber.  It was a slippery son of a gun!

 

The phone was STILL ON.  Had 50% battery, screen worked, everything.  Picked it up and made a call on it.  Worked 100% perfect.

 

The case was a pelican.  The phone spent over 48 hours completely submerged in 320 synthetic gear oil.  Phone as far as I can tell has no problems.  Speakers work, touch screen works, screen is clear as it ever way.

 

http://www.pelican.c...phone-6-and-6s/  Marine model.

 

I highly recommend it. 


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Posted June 30, 2016 - 03:00 PM

Oil being thicker than water probably saved it as it can't get in through the smaller gaps without more pressure. Still a great case anyhow.
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Posted June 30, 2016 - 03:10 PM

And just how much does it cost for the honor to own an oil proof cell phone? ?


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Posted June 30, 2016 - 03:14 PM

Not sure what it costs. I just don't drop mine in oil filled gear cases

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Posted June 30, 2016 - 03:25 PM

And just how much does it cost for the honor to own an oil proof cell phone? ?

I'll bet a lot less  then the manpower labor and machine downtime to recover said phone.


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Posted June 30, 2016 - 05:24 PM

I'll bet a lot less then the manpower labor and machine downtime to recover said phone.

Downtime wasn't an issue. This belt is idle for a couple days. If it was down for 8 hours because of this it would of been $440,000. That's 10,000 tons of coal production lost at $44 dollars a ton.

3400 labor(5 people 8 hours) 85 an hour is the general purpose labor rate for when our group has to be in the field.

800 for 150 gallons of synthetic gear lube

4200 to retrieve the phone.

The phone wasn't retrieved for the owner but because we didn't want it to get picked up and smashed into the gearing.

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Posted June 30, 2016 - 05:25 PM

Oil being thicker than water probably saved it as it can't get in through the smaller gaps without more pressure. Still a great case anyhow.

You are probably right. But I am still impressed by the performance of this case!

I usually by otter boxes just because it offers some protection.

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