Mythbusters did an episode on this. They couldn't get it to work, but I think they concluded that it ought to be possible.As long as we're playing "using excavators for purposes they were never designed for" I give you "Propellers? We don't need no stinking propellers!"
"Vincent Price reads to Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre on the set of The Comedy of Terrors, 1963 ".What an awesome picture. I recognize Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre. Is that Boris Karloff in the middle? You find some really interesting photos.