We’ve touched on several of the biggest and baldest construction machines in the past, like this 800 ton excavator and this 600 ton haul truck. While videos about these gigantic machines are fun to watch, they also truly put into perspective how many people and time goes into creating and assembling them.
In this post, we’ll be looking at Joy Global’s P&H L-2350, originally designed by LeTourneau Technologies, which currently holds the record for the world’s largest of its kind. At an operating capacity of 160,000 pounds (72,574 kg) and a total payload of more than 400 tons, this magnificent beast has a bucket capacity of 53 cubic yards (40.52 cubic meters).
When the designers set out to design the 2350, they couldn’t even find wheels big enough to work, so they had to team up with Firestone’s engineers to specially design a 13 foot tall tire, which also happened to be the world’s largest tire.
As you can imagine, this loader requires a lot of power to operate and even more fuel. The engine produces 2300 horsepower, which is turbo-charged and consumes roughly 50 gallons of fuel per hour. The total fuel tank capacity is around almost 1050 gallons (3974.68 liters).
According to ExtremeTV, who uploaded the video to Youtube, the price tag on the 2350 was $1.5 million in 2012.
Contact with overhead power lines is a major hazard when working on most construction sites and especially when working from elevated platforms or with heavy machinery.
When construction workers cut through nature and dig in the ground, it shouldn’t be a surprise when wildlife is encountered, although some are a little bit more frightening than others. Last year, crews had to help free a giant bear that was stuck in a cesspit and the bear was happy at all about it.
As annoying as it may be to deal with sometimes, there is a good reason why trucks carrying oversized loads have spotters and flaggers. We’ve seen the worst of what can happen when the spotter fails to alert truck drivers in time, like the one that caused a 2013 Washington State bridge collapse, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Residents living near a Jersey City, New Jersey construction site were frightened as they watched “explosions” of smoke coming out of holes in the ground.
For almost 80 years, the Old Kosciuszko Bridge connected Brooklyn and Queens in New York. Much like many other bridges its age, it is being replaced due to capacity issues and deterioration. When it was completed in 1939, it was built for 10,000 cars per day. Unfortunately for the people who needed to use that bridge that past few decades, around 180,000 cars used it.
Smaller heavy construction equipment is the most likely to be stolen on a jobsite, but most of the time the thieves try to sell the equipment for money. On rare occasions, the thief just takes the machine out on the town for a joy ride and leading the police on some pretty frustrating pursuits. Early last year, a man in Florida stole a backhoe and lead police on a wild 3 hour chase as the hammer attachment drug along the asphalt throwing sparks the whole way. Just last week, police dash cam footage showed an 18 year old backing over a police cruiser, with an officer still inside, and then leading several other officers on a slow chase.
As we saw after the Lake Oroville Dam in California collapsed earlier this year, dam failures can have sudden and devastating effects. Recent footage showing raging muddy waters swallowing a construction site in a matter of seconds has been shared after river dam in Thatom, Loas failed.
Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean and landed in South Florida a little over a week ago, sadly killing at least 50 people in Florida and causing plenty of property damage. High winds that accompanied the storm also caused the collapse of 3 construction cranes – two in Miami and one more in Fort Lauderdale. The crane in Fort Lauderdale was recently dismantled and the action was caught on video.
As if the high winds and heavy rains weren’t enough of a safety hazard for the people of Florida, citizens who are staying in the area also need to be concerned about the dozens of tower cranes that are still erected throughout downtown.
New demolition videos are always fun to watch. You know what’s even better, though? A bunch of demolitions all at once.