Volvo Machines Build A Highway Across the Andes

Volvo Dump Truck in The AndesA fleet of 60 Volvo road-building machines is being used to construct a 140km (87 mile) highway across the Andes Mountains, from Bucaramanga, Colombia’s eighth largest city, to Cucuta on the border – providing the country with a much-needed high-speed link with Venezuela.

Read the full story on Volvo’s website.


National Geographic – Frontlines of Construction – Video

Gigantic machines ripping apart bridges, moving 400 tons of earth at a time, and laying hundreds of miles of pipeline on the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico.  In this video you’ll see machines like the Cat 797, a massive Komatsu wheel loader, an oil rig building machine, the world’s largest tower crane, and a huge tunnel drilling machine.

Komatsu America Introduces the WA270-7 Wheel Loader

Komatsu WA270-7 Wheel Loader“Komatsu America Corp. introduced the WA270-7 wheel loader. With a net horsepower of 149 hp, Komatsu has designed a more environmentally friendly engine with fuel consumption decreased by up to 10 percent. Weighing in at 28,836 pounds, it features improved efficiency, lower fuel consumption, improved operator comfort and enhanced serviceability to maximize productivity while lowering operating costs.”

Read the full article on SitePrep.

Best Pictures From bauma 2013

bauma is an international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. It has been taking place every year in Munich Germany since 1982.  This years show had 3,400 exhibitors and over 500,000 attendees.

This year’s trade fair just finished up and here are some of the best pictures from the show.



Caterpillar 797F Mining Truck

Cat 797F Mining Dump Truck

This is Cat’s largest off-highway mining truck and you know it’s a beast when you need a ladder to get the driver’s seat!

The engine is a quad turbocharged 20 cylinder Cat diesel that pumps out 3793 net horse power. This is matched with the Cat seven speed planetary power shift transmission.  This combo let’s you haul 400 tons at a top speed of 42 mph!

The gross weight is 1,375,000 lbs, so don’t try parking this one in your driveway.  You might run into clearance issues too becuase the 797F is also 25 ft tall, 49 ft long and 32 ft wide – that’s quite a foot print.