20 construction machines getting the job done

  • These construction machines are all working hard to get the job done.
  • From a machine that digs up tree trunks to a tunnel-washing truck that looks like a car wash on wheels, we’re highlighting 20 machines.
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#1 The Ponsse Beaver is an industrial tree-harvesting machine.

It cuts the tree at the base.

Then in one motion, it removes the limbs and cuts the tree into logs.

#2 This monster machine can dig trenches in seconds.

It digs holes up to 5.5m deep and 1.5m wide.

Used on large trenching projects like water pipes, it can also be used for sewage, oil, and gas projects.

#3 The 5700-C machine continuously forms and pours concrete.

It makes curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and barrier walls.

It can even handle irrigation ditches and bridge walkways.

#4 These machines can paint road markings in seconds.

The paint is made up of thermoplastics.

It also uses reflective glass beads.

This makes the markings more visible and long-lasting.

#5 This truck could save 90% of construction time.

The arched rollers on the back function as the structural frame.

Supporting the blocks while they’re set in place.

The blocks fit together like LEGOs.

#6 The rotor stump grinder can dig up a tree trunk in seconds.

Each grinder is powered by hydraulics.

#7 The ScreedSaver BOSS 240 smoothes out concrete with rollers and blades.

It uses a boom instead of wheels that damage concrete.

A GPS ensures accuracy.

#8 The Hunklinger makes bricklaying much quicker.

It lays 1,000 bricks of any size and shape per hour.

#9 The Moty KE 3000 harvests pumpkin seeds.

It picks up the pumpkins using a spike wheel and sends them down a conveyor belt.

The pumpkin seeds are then separated, cleaned and easily transferred.

#10 The Roadrunner machine places and retrieves street cones.

The cones are loaded into the machine from the bed of the truck.

This makes placing cones safer and more efficient.

#11 The BMM300 truck rolls out 300 bricks a minute.

Raw clay is loaded into the back.

Where it’s compressed into molds.

The brick is pushed out once the mold is facing the ground.

Leaving a clean trail of perfect bricks.

#12 SAM is a bricklaying machine.

It picks up bricks, adds mortar, and places them in order.

#13 This machine replaces railway ties, also known as sleepers.

It does it without removing any of the railway track.

The machine is fitted with a tie changer.

Which grabs the railway ties and replaces with a new one.

#14 This Splitmaster machine splits logs with a hydraulic press. The machine picks up heavy logs.

The press then feeds the log into a splitting knife.

And voila! Smaller pieces.

#15 These scraping machines remove floor coverings. It can handle ceramics, linoleum, vinyl, carpet, and even glue.

#16 The Spartan Leaf Pro Plus sucks up thousands of leaves per minute.

It works on wet or snowy leaves. It’s controlled by a remote.

#17 This road-building machine rolls out bricks like a carpet. As the RPS6 RoadPrinter rolls backward, gravity brings the bricks flat to rest on the ground. This creates a perfect brick road.

#18 The Golden Series Six Shooter machine is used to remove manhole frames. It’s braced to the center of the manhole. It then cuts a perfect circle around the hole.

#19 This machine cleans tunnels. It uses the same rollers as a car wash. It can easily adapt to different tunnels.

#20 The LSM 740 machine can mow around signposts. It uses two mower disks that automatically turn the mower when near a post. Avoiding any damage to the mower.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in March 2019.

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Miami’s Mayor will tour Elon Musk’s Las Vegas tunnels as the two discuss plans for a Florida project

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  • The mayor of Miami plans to visit The Boring Company’s tunnels in Las Vegas.
  • In February, Elon Musk told the mayor he could build a tunnel in Miami for $30 million.
  • The city has been looking into constructing a tunnel, but estimated a $900 million cost.
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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez will visit the Boring Company’s newly constructed tunnels in Las Vegas on March 18 to investigate plans for a tunnel under his own city.

Suarez told the Miami Herald on Monday he plans to visit the tunnels built by Elon Musk’s startup to investigate whether it would be feasible to build a tunnel under the Brickell Avenue bridge in Miami.

“I’ve been in constant communication with Steve Davis, the CEO of The Boring Company, with the hope and expectation we can go up there and see if there’s a solution for our community,” Suarez told the paper.

The mayor will be accompanied by several other city officials.  The group will be continuing an effort that Miami has pursued for many years. In 2018, Miami-Dade County transit officials said the two-mile tunnel under the Miami River would cost nearly $1 billion and take about four years to construct.

In February, Suarez told the Miami Herald Musk had offered to construct the tunnel for around $30 million in about six months. Musk’s company has long been focused on streamlining the tunnel digging process. In July, Boring Company announced plans to host a competition to see who could dig the fastest tunnel. The winners will be announced this summer.

The previous month Musk tweeted about the project. “Cars & trucks stuck in traffic generate megatons of toxic gases &  particulate, but @boringcompany road tunnels under Miami would solve traffic & be an example to the world,” Musk said.

The Boring Company has active construction projects and planned future projects across the country, including in Los Angeles and the Baltimore-Washington areas, though none are as close to completion as those in Las Vegas. In other places, like Chicago, his venture has beenmet with a more skeptical eye

The startup just recently celebrated the completion of its first full project at the Las Vegas site after several months of delays in the construction for the 0.8 mile tunnel. In January, Musk posted a picture of himself with three of his children at the tunnels.

Construction on the Las Vegas loop began in 2019, but the site has been closed since the pandemic started. In December, the Las Vegas City Council granted Musk’s company a special permit to extend the Vegas Loop tunnel into a 4.6 mile circuit.

The Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis visited The Boring Company’s tunnel projects in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in February. The city is investigating the possibility of constructing a tunnel for trains under the New River.


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