Earth disintegrators were machine applications used to vaporize soil, thus creating holes and trenches more efficiently than ordinary digging technology could. They resembled mobile cranes with energy weapons at the ends.
History and specificsEdit
In 2266, Captain James T. Kirk used earth disintegrators on the planet Zarta to make a trench which would trap the city builders. Although the machines fell into the pit, they soon escaped by constructing ramps. (TOS comic: "Invasion of the City Builders")