In this series of articles on little industrial vehicles, we have taken a look
at some types of little industrial vehicles and some places you can expect to
find them. In this last instalment, we will take a look at a few of the little
industrials we consider to be the most interesting, either in how they are made
up or in the jobs they perform.
The Vacuum Truck: One of the reasons we included this little industrial vehicle
here is that it is too often overlooked, given its significance in our day-to-day
lives. Actually, like many industrial vehicles, vacuum trucks can vary significantly
in size. The size of the vehicle can make a difference in the capabilities. The most common are about the size of a truck and
camper unit. They are equipped with a huge vacuum, which enables them to generate
enormous suction power, making them useful for cleaning out pipe systems as
well as open areas. They are also used for cleaning streets, and with a water
tank can be used for hydro excavation. You may recognize these from outside
a suburban home making sure everything below is working as it should.
One and two person submersibles: Little industrial vehicles have become
indispensable when it comes to research and the way we understand how our planet
works. It's not economically feasible to run a nuclear powered large submarine
for most types of underwater research, but these little submersibles get the
job done in a much more efficient manner. They could be doing everything from
determining the after effects of supplies to exploring
Peanut sheller: In the food production industry, machines are needed
to keep food available in good quantities at good prices. This has led to some
very interesting industrial machinery being developed, and one of our favourites has to be the peanut sheller. This little guy can be driven from plant to plant, where it picks and shells the nuts, making it all the easier and cheaper to get them from fields to properties.
The Spider Tractor: Yes, you read that correctly. This machine has six
legs that help it navigate even the most treacherous terrain. It was developed
by a Finnish subsidiary of John Deere, and is a lot easier to operate than you
might think (the driver uses a joystick!). If you live in a rural region you may not have seen these grace the farms or factories in your
These are just a few of the highlights in the interesting world of little industrial
vehicles. These machines may be small, but they pack a punch that has helped
to shape our society as we know it. Of course you will see other business trucks, such as the trucks used by Shower Door Canada to transport shower glass and shower doors from the factory to the client's home.