This thing was truley one of the most impressive pieces of equipment I
have seen. In the configuration I saw it I counted over 80 tires. The
power unit in the rear was pretty nifty as well. Thought some of you may
find it interesting.
I cant imagine what the dual lane rig must look like running down the road.
Depends on what? There is likely no way a truck like this is loaded
with a fork lift or lift(s). If it was loaded with multiple small lifts
totaling the 160 tons it would be astronomically cheaper to separate the
material into dozens of smaller shipments.
These type trucks are used for material that _can not_ be broken down
into smaller shipments for economic or practical reasons. That is why
they exist in the first place. There would be no use for the exorbitant
heavy highway taxes, transit fees, costly state police escorts, scouting
of the route, timing of transit (certain times of the day/night),
private escort equipment, and so on, not to mention the cost of the
equipment itself. If the material could practically and economically
broken down into smaller shipments it would be.
The trucks are likely loaded by crane or crane(s) working in unison or
no crane at all. Considering that NASA has one of the largest fork lifts
in the world (the PGHM) and the shuttles total capacity (not a single
load) is 55,000 lbs (27.5 tons) this would equate to 6 of these
forklifts working together to load the truck and 8 of them to load the
Once you break standard over the road shipping container weights you
are likely talking about crane or cranes loading or no crane at all.
What is more likely is the cargo may never be lifted in the first
place. It would be built with allowance for the transportation equipment
to be moved under the unit (built on stantions of some sort) and then
unloaded the same way.
Milwaukee, Wisconin -- used to be -- the world's center of massive
industrial equipment design and manufacturing. Then the city was plagued by
decades of socalist Mayors one of whom had signs erected (denied) along the
highways inviting Negros to apply for welfare in Milwaukee. The rest is
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Commonly referred to as a "Gooseneck".
Years ago in Cincinnati, they had one move a huge box from the river to a
company up in the northern section of the county. The route was well
planned. The newspaper dubbed it "Superload".
It took 4 hours to move it the first 1,000 feet because they got stuck in
The routing would take the "parade" somewhat near our house, so I planned on
climbing our 100 ft radio tower and take a few pictures as it went by. To
cold to climb.
So I went up to take a closer peek as it went by. They had escorts after
escorts front and rear. The gas company had "sniffers" front and rear. The
phone company had trucks that would move any low hanging wires.
The planned day long move took 2 and a half days.
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