When you think of industrial machinery equipment, things that may spring to mind are relatively common machines such as large-haul trucks and boring machines that can dig out a building or condominium highrise site.
But the world of industrial machines doesn’t end there. Things get bigger. A lot bigger. That’s because huge industrial projects and construction sites can require some massive pieces of machinery. Here are some of the biggest pieces of major-project gear around.
The Chain Trencher
Check out this beast. The Tesmec TRS 1675 chain trencher is all business. Look at it – it has a huge chainsaw-style cutter on its front. This fearsome-looking device is used to dig trenches. The Tesmec monster uses its sheer heft and physical force to dig trenches of up to 7.3 metres deep, and a whopping 7.3 metres wide (that’s 26 feet – no small distance).
The machine itself weighs in at 563 kg, all of it as heavy-duty as the no-nonsense front-end chainsaw blades.
The World’s Biggest Bulldozer
Next up on the list is quite simply the world’s biggest production bulldozer – the D575A-3SD.
Don’t let that bland-sounding model name fool you – this thing is huge! It stands a towering 16 feet tall, is 41 feet long and another 24 feet wide. Built by Japanese company Komatsu, it’s the king of moving aggregate and a go-to for clearing huge volumes of rock or earth.Why so huge? Because the bigger the ‘dozer, the bigger the power to push things around.
The Biggest (Monster) Truck
From moving earth to hauling it away, enter the Liebherr T 282B – a humongous earth-moving dump truck made by a German manufacturer. The Liebherr beast may look like a big kid’s toy – and it is big, at 24 feet in height, nearly half of which is taken up by its tires – but this vehicle has earned the title of the largest earth-hauling truck around. Powering it all is a 2723-kilowatt engine driving not one but two electric motors. Not surprisingly, the thing ain’t cheap – costing some US$3 million – and there are about 75 built each year.
Earth’s Digging Machine
And by Earth’s we mean this thing is big enough to help dig up and relocate an entire planet’s worth of land! The Krupp digging machine takes the cake for the largest big-scale digger around. In the picture above you can see it casually making its way across a German road en route to its job eating away earthy rubble at an open air coal mine.
Coming in at 95 metres high and 215 metres in length (that’s two-and-a-half football fields, for those keeping score) this monster makes a huge imprint with a weight of 45,500 tons (including that fierce saw blade). It took some five years to come up with the design and build it, for a cool $100 million.
Massive Movable Machine
This epic piece of machinery is officially known as the Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60. That’s a fancy way of saying it’s a moveable bridge that stretches its 502-metre long self across major gaps to scoot objects over to the other side. It’s 202 metres wide, 80 metres tall and 11,000 tons in weight – massive!
The machine itself is a piece of history, built back in 1991 in East Germany by an outlet known as VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer. However, it lived a short working life of only 13 months. This is because it raised concerns about how much energy it was using, there comes the advantages of hydraulic and pneumatic products, and attracted some degree of political controversy. Its final work site was an open-pit mine called Klettwitz-Nord. However, it lives on after it was adopted by the community and now set up as what’s called the “Lying Eiffel Tower,” as seen in the somewhat-picturesque image above, complete with setting sun.
About the author:
Melissa Young was born in Ontario in 1986, sixth of seven children. Born and brought up in Toronto, she was graduated from the University of Western Ontario. Her father was a local social worker and he has been serving people through social work. Like her father, Melissa is also interested in doing social work and she has spent almost two years doing MSW in Counseling. For more information, catch her on twitter.