The Caterpillar is a very resourceful tool to automate digging a 3×3 hole; essentially a tool to start a mineshaft. You can add a few attachments to it to gather materials as well as place blocks as it digs.



It’s very simple to build and greatly streamlines your mining. The Drill base and Drill head are the key components but you’ll want to add an Item Collector, Drill Storage, and a Decoration Placer in order to do some of the more advanced tasks. The collector and storage pieces allow the machine to scoop up blocks as it travels.


And the Decoration Placer will place the necessary blocks to properly navigate your new tunnel. All you need to do is supply the drill with the key items (i.e. rails, torches, wood planks, etc) and the machine will do the rest. Soon your tunnel will look like an authentic mine shaft.


The most important aspects of the drill to keep up on are the fuel source, which is coal, and the drill head. You can give it stone, iron, gold, or diamond drill heads but for longevity and if you can afford it, diamond may be your best option.



It’s truly a fantastic mod to get any mine started and for automating a fairly tedious task. Now your mine can get a jump with rails and supports set up for you to return home to. Just set it and forget it… until it needs restocking of course.

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Caterpillar, 3.54 / 5 (107 votes)


  1. I cant get my drillhead to drag the rest of the compobents with it. They stay and the drillhead keeps going. What am I doing wrong?

    December 24, 2015
    • Don’t attach the drill head if you’re using other pieces. Just break it, and attach the other pieces to the drill casket.

      May 23, 2016
  2. It’s a nice mod. But I’m not able to create the element to put decorations on the way… can someone help me? Its craftet with two droppers, right?

    December 30, 2015
    • Two dispensers.

      February 29, 2016
  3. The diamond head seems to be bugged, it leaves the rest of the device behind without “braking” them like when you add more then the drag limit allows.. any ideas whats wrong?

    February 28, 2016
  4. I cannot get the decoration placer to work. It has the mineshaft items I want and it is connected to the caterpillar, but it never places the decorations! It is like the decoration placer never existed!

    July 20, 2016