Interesting Machines

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 Cabbagetown homes in Toronto 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 new species.

Malian 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 the Oakville region you may not have seen these grace the farms or factories in your area yet.

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.





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Tuesday, May 23, 2017