All About Heavy Machinery: Earth Movers
What are earth movers? Are they considered heavy machinery?
'Earth mover' is a bit of a misleading term as it has come to encompass any heavy machine that is used in construction, engineering and agricultural projects, from mining and excavating to bulldozing, farming and combat engineering.
Specially designed for construction and engineering tasks, earth movers are also called engineering vehicles and construction equipment, specific terms that fall under the broader category of heavy machinery.
What are some examples of heavy machines that are earth movers?
There are many examples of heavy machinery, or earth movers; all you have to do is look at a construction site and you'll see various types of heavy machines, though you won't necessarily know their names. Well known types of earth movers include: backhoes, bulldozers, cranes, skid-loaders, forklifts, tractors and combat engineering vehicles like tanks.
Less well-known heavy machines are excavators, scrapers, pavers, front loaders, feller bunchers, rotary tillers, drag line excavators, forwarders, harvesters, drilling machines, skidders, road rollers or roller-compactors, graders and more. The list of heavy machines and earth movers could go on, but you get a general idea of the types of engineering vehicles referred to as 'earth movers.'
What tools do they use, if any?
Earth movers use a number of attachments and tools to make the operator's job easier. These tools range from special attachments for knocking down buildings to shovels, tracks and wheels.
Specific tools used by heavy machinery like the earth movers mentioned above include blades, buckets, backhoes, jackhammers, hydraulics, tracks, wheels and other specific attachments that allow the heavy machines to do their jobs quicker and more efficiently.
What are earth movers and other heavy machines used for?
They are used for a number of applications, from agriculture and farming to drilling and mining. Specific areas of use include civil engineering, combat engineering, construction, earthworks, excavations, mining, waste and forestry.
Who makes heavy machines and earth movers?
A number of manufacturers and companies make heavy machines like earth movers, from the well known Deere & Co. to Caterpillar and Bobcat. Some major players in the field of heavy machinery manufacturing include JCB, Komatsu, CASE, Ingersoll Rand, Hitachi, Atlas, Daewoo, Volvo, Demag, Koering, Pierce Pacific, Poclain, Skaggit, Kubota, The Liebherr Group, O &K, Terex, Timberjack and Madill. Many others exist as well, and the heavy machine engineering industry continues to boom throughout the US and the rest of the world.
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