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Monster Machinery

Posted November 27, 2012 9:44 AM

From Dark Roasted Blend:

This time at Dark Roasted Blend, we again take a look at some of the largest vehicles and machines ever constructed.

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11/27/2012 3:28 PM

True, they are monstrous machine. I like to separate those machines from machines that make other machines. I speak of machine tools like lathes with a 72" swing and 60' between centers; forges for making anchor links; saw mills that can handle trees 6' diameter. I put them in a separate category as they are used to make other tools and the monstrous machines shown

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11/27/2012 5:13 PM

I agree Ron, the featured machines are monstrous.

Another singular machine that came to mind when reading the intro:
Weighing in at a whopping 495 tons (450,000 kg), 236 feet by 350 feet by 66 feet (73 by 108 by 20 meters), I submit for consideration the International Space Station.

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11/28/2012 8:32 AM

... but if you consider the ISS as a space-ship, it's tiny when compared with some ocean-going ships.

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11/28/2012 9:13 AM

Very good point JohnDG. There are some real iron monsters roaming the seven seas of the Earth.

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11/28/2012 12:57 PM

Back in the '50s the US built huge forging and extrusion presses for aerospace that I think are still in use. 50,000 metric tons of forging capacity certainly qualifies as monstrous!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Press_Program

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