Mining Turtle
Mining Turtles are upgraded versions of Turtles from ComputerCraft. When programmed correctly, they can mine in a square shape until they are full. A program for a mining turtle look like this:
excavate 5

This program would tell the turtle to excavate a cuboid with dimensions of 5 blocks on either side, and the turtle would excavate in the dimensions of 5 * 5 * Down to Bedrock and then return to the surface.

If the turtles inventory is full, it will return to the surface and you will have to re-enter the command.

Another use of the mining turtle is of entertainment, a command that one can give is.


The turtle then states "Preparing to get down" The turtle will then move in such a fashion it could be considered dancing. It will continue to "dance" until anything is typed into the robot again.

A mining turtle can also be used to make a 2x3 tunnel. Simply type in Tunnel X where X = the number of blocks in length you want the tunnel to be. This can be very useful for strip mining.

Turtles in Tekkit Classic do not require refueling.

For more advanced stuff, see Turtle API.

Fuel Usage

Item  Movement gained  Added by 
Biofuel Cell 624 IndustrialCraft
Scrap 18 IndustrialCraft
Coalfuel Cell 1824 IndustrialCraft
Wooden Tools 12 Vanilla
Lava Bucket 1200 Vanilla
Blaze Rod 142 Vanilla
Wood Blocks 18 Vanilla
Sticks 6 Vanilla
Sugar Cane 0 Vanilla
Coal 96 Vanilla
Giant Mushroom 18


Sapling 10 Vanilla


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Diamond Pickaxe

Mining Turtle

One computer (7 stone, 1 redstone, 1 glass pane), 7 iron ingots, 1 chest, one diamond pickaxe 


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Mining Turtle

Wireless Modem

Wireless Mining Turtle

  • Obsidian Mining

Given a single diamond pickaxe, a mining turtle can break obsidian infinitely and at the same pace as normal stone without being powered. Mining turtles are also impervious to lava. This is useful for quickly mining large quantities of obsidian early in the game. 

  • General Mining

As mining turtles don't seem to need to be powered, and do not use up their diamond pickaxe, they are arguably one of the most efficient and least costly mining methods, however they require considerable player attention to operate. 

Mining turtles provide a means of improving traditional branch mining. Use Jagster  

Start a Discussion Discussions about Mining Turtle

  • Mining Turtle unloading

    • Hi there, I can't get the mining turtle to automatically unload to a chest and resume mining. The wiki says to "place a chest in fr...
  • Do not use fuel cells!!!

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    • Turns out you can't use fuel cells directly, at least not in Tekkit Lite, maybe Classic is different. But I wasted a BUNCH of time. I wan...
    • Um, cool story, but turtles don't need fueling in Tekkit Classic. :P Not like fuel cans are the only obsolete item in TC. Almost ...
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