"When the going gets tough, the tough get going", as the famous Billy Ocean lyric goes. This is especially true when designing heavy equipment for some of the hardest tasks in the world.
Whether that be tearing up the ground or carrying massive loads with ease, heavy equipment like the following is vital. With that in mind, here are some of the most impressive pieces of heavy equipment from around the world.
What are some examples of the latest heavy equipment technologies?
So, without further ado, here are some great examples of the latest in heavy equipment technology. This list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.
1. This powered exoskeleton is amazing
This powered exoskeleton is a great example of the latest in heavy equipment. By donning this suit any wearer exponentially increases their strength, enabling them to lift very heavy objects, like a missile, without needing any other assistance.
This not only multiplies a person's ability to complete manual labor tasks but also drastically reduces the chances of them sustaining injuries from lifting heavy things.
Developed by Sarcos Robotics, the Guardian XO exoskeleton is the latest in a long line of robotic technologies that they have been working on for decades. It is hoped that this exoskeleton will be ready for sale by the end of the year.
2. Check out this Menzi Muck "spider excavator"
Developed by Menzi Muck, this amazing piece of heavy equipment is known as a walking excavator or "spider". It specially designed chassis and patented boom makes this one of the most versatile pieces of construction equipment around.
"Fixed tilting edges on Menzi Muck tracked excavators can be adjusted depending on the task ahead thanks to the adjustable wheel and claw supports. As a result, it produces lifting and ripping forces beyond those of conventional excavators. A Menzi Muck weighing 9.5 tons produces an output similar to that of a 20 ton tracked excavator." - Menzi Muck.
3. This heavy-duty trencher is a beast
This amazing piece of heavy equipment really is a monster. Developed by Ditch Witch, this heavy-duty trencher machine makes digging trenches child's play.
Resembling an enormous chainsaw with caterpillar tracks, this massive machine certainly fits the title of "heavy equipment".
Called the HT275, this machine boosts productivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. It was specifically designed to increase year-over-year return on investment for water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution, and other heavy-duty trenching tasks.
"The HT275 provides operators exceptional efficiency on installations up to 3-metres deep and 660-mm wide." - Ditch Witch.
4. This enormous tree spade is another great example of heavy equipments
Designed to move trees in one piece without harming them, tree spades come in many shapes and sizes. This particular example is an absolute monster and can move trees up to 30.5 cm in diameter with ease.
Called the Curved Blade 100, this tree spade is so big it needs to be mounted on the back of a truck. It was developed by Dutchman Industries and comes with added accessories like a dirt cover.
"Dirt Covers assure the least amount of soil is lost while in transit. Two fabricated metal plates with a horseshoe cutout allow the operator to easily center the tree trunk inside the cover." - Dutchman Industries.
5. This bucket-wheel excavator is a monster
Another example of the latest in heavy equipment is this cutting edge bucket wheel excavator. Called the Bagger 288, this monster machine can excavate 240,000 tons of rock every single day.
Quicker and more reliable than drilling or blast mining, excavators like this makes short work of mining operations. Not only does it tear up rock in short order, but this piece of heavy equipment can also sort things like coal out and dump the overburden.
Despite its enormous size, this machine can be run by a skeleton crew of between 5 and 10 people.
6. This "Super Dozer" is one heck of a machine
The ACCO "Super Dozer" might just be the world's largest bulldozer. It is over 40 feet long (12.2 m) weighs in at 183 tons, and is powered by two 8-cylinder, 675 hp Caterpillar diesel engines.
The machine's dozer blade measures in at 23 feet (7 m) wide by 9 feet (2.74 m) high. It also comes with a massive rear claw-like device called a ripper that is powered by hydraulics.
For comparison, Caterpillar's largest available model, the D11 Dozer, weighs a paltry 115 tons and is just under 11 meters long.
7. This might just be the world's biggest dump truck
Called the Belaz 75710, this dump truck is an impressive piece of heavy equipment. It weighs a whopping 360 tonnes and has a haulage capacity of up to around 450 tonnes.
To carry all that weight, the truck consists of 8 pairs of wheels, each one capable of handling 102 tonnes. It is powered by two 16-cylinder diesel engines that can produce an incredible 3,430 kW of power and provides the truck with a top speed of 64 km/h.
Produced in Belarus, you can pick one up for yourself for $6 million.
8. "Bertha" is one of the world's biggest boring machines
Called "Bertha", this amazing piece of heavy equipment is one of the world's largest boring machines. With a total length of 300 feet (91.4 m) and standing at 5 stories high, this machine really does dwarf its competitors.
She was designed and built specifically for the Washington State Department of Transportation's Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel project. "Bertha" was made by Hitachi Zoen Sakai Works in Japan.
The entire machine weighs somewhere in the region of 7,000 tons, and it needs to be dismantled and shipped between each deployment on-site. At 17.5 meters wide, this machine could easily swallow the world's second-largest borer.
9. The Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60 is another impressive piece of heavy equipment
Called the Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60, this monster truly does like up to the term "heavy equipment". It weighs a massive 11,000 tons and measures in at 502 meters long, 202 meters wide and 80 meters in height,
It is the world's largest existing overburden bridge and is used in brown coal opencast mining. This machine was built by the former Volkseigener Betrieb TAKRAF in Lauchhammer and are also some of the largest movable technical industrial machines in the world.
There are still four of these machines in operation.