For some people, the appeal of construction work is the fact that some construction sites get to use big, fun-looking machines. While at Trackout Control Mats, we understand that construction equipment isn’t a toy, you have to admit that there is something fascinating about enormous powerful equipment. That’s why in today’s blog, we talk about 10 of the biggest, baddest construction machines out there. Keep reading to learn more and contact us at Trackout Control Mats for your stabilized construction entrance solutions.
Please note that the below machines are amongst the heaviest in the world — much too heavy to utilize trackout control mats. Trackout control mats are rated to be highly effective at removing trackout from vehicles that fall under class one through class 9 construction vehicles that use pneumatic tires. If you have any questions about the weight restrictions of our stabilized construction entrances at Trackout Control Mats, feel free to reach out to us at any time!
Let’s get started with the biggest, most impressive construction equipment out there — the Bagger 293. This gigantic piece of art holds the world record for the largest land vehicle. Not to mention it is the largest excavator in the world at a staggering 310 feet tall and 721 feet long. The Bagger 293 is a German-built machine that can move up to 240,000 cubic tons of earth in just one day. For perspective, that is about 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools in one day worth of earth. This incredible machine weighs about 14,000 tons which is roughly the equivalent of the Brooklyn Bridge!
TBM, or the Tunnel Boring Machine, is considered the world’s largest boring machine. It was built for the purpose of creating an underground roadway underneath Seattle, but unfortunately, it went down for repairs in December of 2013. The repairs were completed in January of 2016 and the TBM machine completed it’s boring in April of 2017. This behemoth is about 57 feet in diameter, 326 feet long, and weighs more than six tons.
Fun Fact: This particular machine is often affectionately referred to as “Big Bertha.”
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The Crawler Transporter created by NASA was originally built more than 50 years ago, and there are a pair of them still in use today. These impressive machines are used to transport spaceships from one site to another. The older of the two pieces of equipment has traveled more than 2,300 miles in its lifetime. This is particularly impressive because the top speed of a loaded crawler is a painful 1 MPH. While the NASA Crawlers are not necessarily construction equipment, we felt they deserved a spot on this list. These machines measure in at 131 feet long, 114 feet wide, and weigh more than 6 million pounds.
Trackout control mats may not be able to withstand the weight of a 6 million pound NASA Transporter, but you can bet that they can handle most of the heaviest equipment at your worksite. Support your class one through nine construction vehicles with pneumatic tires with trackout control mats. Learn more about our stabilized construction entrance solutions here at Trackout Control Mats today.
Bucyrus 2570W Walking Dragline
The Bucyrus 2570W Walking Dragline is a dragline excavator with a bucket that can hold up to 160 cubic yards. It has a boom length of more than 300 feet and can dig down to a depth of 140 feet! The Bucyrus 2570W is sometimes referred to as “Big Kate” and while you should never talk about a lady’s weight, Big Kate doesn’t mind. She clocks in at a whopping 10.4 million pounds and moves at a blinding .15 MPH.
P&H 4100XPC Electric Rope Shovel
The P&H 4100XPC is a mining machine that loads haul trucks more efficiently and quickly than other loaders. This machine comes in at just over 47 feet tall and 48 feet long and is capable of handling up to 82 cubic yards at a time. This mining goliath weighs in at more than 100 tons.
Trackout Control Mats
At Trackout Control Mats, we specialize in stabilized construction entrances and exits to help prevent trackout from entering roadways. Our trackout control mats are capable of handling up to class nine construction equipment on your site without breaking. Unless, of course, it is one of the record-setting pieces of equipment above! We hope today’s blog entry was informational and fun. Be sure to check back to our blog regularly for great information regarding trackout solutions, industry information, and more. And don’t forget to reach out to us for your custom trackout control mat quote.