History of Heavy Duty Equipment

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Construction
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Heavy equipment like Mini bobcat hire in brisbane has an interesting history. It was not until the 20th century that steam powered engines started to drive heavy duty equipment. Prior to that, heavy machine were driven by humans or animals. However, the first heavy duty machine-the pile driver is believed to have been invented as early as the 15th century. And even before, there have been records of a heavy duty type of equipment being used. According to the treatise-De architectura by roman engineer Vitruvius, cranes and other heavy duty equipment were already being used in the 1st century. The first tunnelling shied was patented by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1818.

During the midst of the 20th century, internal-combustion had replaced steam powered engines and became the chief source of power for heavy duty equipment. At that time the main fuels used were kerosene, ethanol and gasoline. The main fuel used today is diesel. Also, mechanical transmission had given way to hydraulic machinery. This period also saw the development of electric-powered machines such as the Forklift. The Fordson tractor was the first heavy machine to be used by the masses.


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