Many people throughout the world have made hobbies and even careers out of repairing and restoring antique cars and trucks, but what about antique construction equipment? Due to the sheer size and weight of the machines of the past, it places of major limitations on their collect-ability to be sure. At least one man has taken it upon himself to collect them before we lose them all.
Jim Carter of Zionsville, Indianapolis finds, collects, preserves, and rescues old construction equipment that he has found throughout the country. He mostly prefers excavators, whether they’re of cranes, drag lines, or clam shells, but he does also have a few dozers and tractors. The videos below show a 4 part series of Dick Wolfsie’s interview of Carter, which aired on WISH in Indianapolis. In the videos, Carter shows off a 1968 Koehring 305 crane, which weighs 25 tons and still operates. While sitting inside the cab, Carter walks Wolfsie through the differences of today’s machines versus the older versions. The early machines, he says, is stone age technology, operating mostly with gears, brakes, and clutches, as opposed to the hydraulics and electronics of today’s equipment. Unsurprisingly and just like older cars, the more simply the machine is built, the easier it is to fix.
Cramer also explains in the interview that he’s a member of the Historical Construction Equipment Association, which is headquartered in Bowling Green, OH. The organization, which has roughly 4,000 members worldwide, also owns the National Construction Equipment Museum, also in Bowling Green. They also put on a yearly convention for antique equipment; this year’s will be near the headquarters from September 16-18.
Most of these antique machines are not useful on a modern job site, Carter explains, so many of them are scrapped, never to be seen again. We can only hope that we don’t lose the historical machines that built many of the buildings and infrastructure throughout the World.
Early this year, a landslide caused catastrophic failure to the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along California’s famous Highway 1. California Transit officials closed the bridge on February 21st and announced it would be demolished and replaced. Time is of the essence as US News reports that over 400 residents are stranded on one side of the bridge and helicopters have had to bring in food for them. The residents are still able to use the footpaths in the area to cross the canyon.
Atlanta, GA has been busy recently updated their major sports facilities. The new Atlanta Falcon’s new $1.4 Billion football stadium just recently celebrated a milestone as contractors installed the final roof beam. That stadium is scheduled to open before the start of the 2017 NFL season. Before that, however, the Atlanta Braves’ new baseball stadium will officially open in time to kick off the MLB season, which starts on April 2nd.
If you’re into heights, then China may be the place you need to be. The country recently unveiled the world’s highest and longest glass bridge and, as scary as many tourists may find that, it was way more dangerous while it was under construction. New footage of another construction site in the Laowang Monutains is giving that bridge a run for it’s money.
Since Construction Junkie was conceived in 2015, we’ve seen a lot of construction equipment flip for some really stupid reasons. Like this crane, this other crane, and this third crane dropping a bulldozer. Those are just some of the ones caught on video and they should be enough to convince you not to go out of your way to do dangerous things with a crane.
Rowlett, Texas was hit hard by a tornado in 2015 and the city is still dealing with the effects of it. In the horrible storm, 13 people were killed and over 400 buildings were damaged or destroyed, according to CBS DFW. In a story we covered last year, one Rowlett woman also had her house mistakenly knocked down by a demolition company when addresses got mixed up after the tornado.
With the increased push from nearly all major tool manufacturers to ditch the cords and convert your toolbox to battery power, it’s important and interesting to learn about where all that lithium is coming from. Not only are lithium ion batteries in power tool batteries, but, as you probably know, they also power smartphone batteries and electric cars.
No matter how much your clients wish they could, construction projects take a considerable amount of time to complete. After working on a project for months, even years, sometimes it’s hard to look back and realize the magnitude of the work that’s been done. That’s one of the beauties of timelapse videos. Where a single picture tells the story of a particular moment, a timelapse video condenses thousands and thousands of man hours down to a few minutes or seconds. Not only does it help you appreciate the hard work that you and your co-workers put forward, but it can also be a great marketing tool for your company.
Throughout 2016, we’ve shared many newsworthy construction related timelapse videos and, with the new year upon us, it’s time to reflect on our favorite videos.
Whether you're feeling sad, mad, happy, or indifferent, there are few things more satisfying to watch than a good demolition video. It's destruction for a purpose and the result is a blank slate for the next construction project. There were plenty of good demolition videos in 2016, but we narrowed the list down to our 11 favorite and we hope you enjoy
Seattle is in the middle of a construction boom. With that, comes a series of challenges, such as the struggle to fill jobs, an enormous amount of noise that irritates residents, and even a skyline filled with the most out of any other city in the country. That’s right, you may not have guessed it, but Seattle’s 58 cranes lining the city’s skyline are the most in America currently, with the next closest being Los Angeles, California with 40. Amazingly, 58 cranes is also the number currently being used to build one single project oversees: the new Istanbul Airport, which is currently on track to be the world’s largest after completion.
If the tire on your car gets punctured, you might be stuck waiting at the maintenance shop for around an hour for the hole to be patched. But, if one of your $30,000 heavy duty earthmoving tires develops a hole, you’re going to be waiting much longer.