This particular engine we’re looking at has four strokes: the intake, the compression, the combustion (or power), and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff.
This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines, and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber…
Mother Nature always forgets to end winter in places like Norway so it’s up to these giant snow blower tractors to clear the road. You can see how it works in the video below, the monster snow blower blasts through the layers of thick snow and carves out an open path, revealing the mountain road that was buried…
There’s a lot of moving parts when it comes to the construction of a bridge. Like, how do you build a bridge without the help of a bridge? The easiest way? This SLJ900 machine. It moves in coordinated parts to deftly erect a bridge or viaduct, balancing its weight on the beams before laying out the groundwork. It’s…
Ah. When life gives you a mess, just use this curb roller to smooth things out. It packs and flattens and smoothes any thing it meets. Just look at how kludges of cement transform into a perfectly shaped curb after the roller gets its roll on. It’s like the world’s strongest rolling pin but for cement and not baking.
Here’s the Hammel Red Giant Car Shredder tasting a few engine block appetizers before the beast machine moves on to swallowing whole cars. It’s fun seeing the direct view of the evil Transformer-sized machine at work, the teeth just roll together and grind away at any and every thing that gets thrown in.
There's just something about tube bending machines that I can never get enough of. This video of the Sharpe Nissin CNC tube bender machine is basically hypnotizing me. As the tube pops (poops?) out of the machine, it gets bent and shaped perfectly.
Twenty-seven wooden blocks weighing 600 pounds each? That's no regular game of Jenga—that's a job for a team of five giant, yet agile, Cat excavators and telehandlers to take on. Just some machines having fun.
In 1968, Hungarians had to engineer something quickly to kill a massive gas fire. Pictured above, the 'Big Wind' is a T34 tank with twin MiG-29 jets pushing out a mixture of 1,585 gallons of steamed water and oxygen-poor air every minute. It's pretty bizarre, but here are ten even weirder machines.
A massive steel worm with a bright patina of yellow paint covering its blade-edged face started its journey through Manhattan's Upper East Side on May 14th, 2010, chewing up 60 linear feet of earth each day. 17 months later, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), stripped of its paint, has emerged — but now, instead of a…
Some people didn't believe the stunning snow scenes from Japan. What kind of monster machines do they use to clean roads from snowfall as tall as a four-story building? A Gundam plow machine? Now you can watch how they do it.
A road printer. That's the only way I can classify this machine, which can build 400 yards of road per day using cobblestone. You just have to keep feeding it bricks, and it will just work. [Thanks Perico!]
With the recent rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, we've got mining on the brain. How do they create those crazy tunnels deep in the earth? With these spinning, churning, crushing machines of mayhem and destruction, that's how.
Marcus Mumbach, of German website Bauforum24, "Das Portal fur Bau und Baumaschinen," ("Bau" means construction — you can probably figure out the rest), has helped complete the site's first Heavy Equipment Calendar for 2010. It's pure machine porn.