I'm am looking to create a vehicle that can break sand block, although I don't know how. I have the body, the last thing I need is a contraption that can brake sand blocks in Minecraft

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    please include relevant version tag
    – Topcode
    Mar 11, 2021 at 14:44

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Frits34000 and a couple other redditors for a good while worked on 'sand quarry' machines - you can find the assorted designs on r/redstone.

The gist of it is to lift the sand block using a sticky piston, and while it is still falling, insert a non-full block like a trapdoor into the space it's trying to land in. Unable to solidify into a regular block, sand drops as item - the machine to do just this is fairly trivial, but there are numerous caveats about making it practical.

Frits34000 published a pretty in-depth tutorial on his designs and ways of dealing with the caveats.

  • I tried this with a slab and instead of dropping it just fell on to the the slab, although I couldn't break it while it was on the slab (Because it was in between blocks?). Is this a glitch, or do I need to use a different type of block for it to fall on to. Mar 12, 2021 at 14:49
  • @MinecraftNoob Let me guess. Bedrock edition? sigh Does it remain in that half-fallen state indefinitely or will it break after 30 seconds?
    – SF.
    Mar 12, 2021 at 15:02
  • Not sure, I try waiting next time I have the chance. Thanks for your help! Also, yes, it is in bedrock edition. Mar 12, 2021 at 17:26

So your trying to make a “bulldozer” vehicle. If sand falls on slabs or anything with a height of less than a block. BUT the only one that is pushable is a slab. So you can simply put slabs in front of the vehicle and move it. Note that any sand NOT above the slabs will not break.

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