Powertrain, Drivetrain, Driveline: What’s the Difference?

Powertrain, Drivetrain, and Driveline You may have heard the terms "powertrain" and "drivetrain" (and sometimes even "driveline") used interchangeably. While these are all related to the fundamental operations that move or "drive" a vehicle, they are not exactly the same. Driveline - Includes components such as the driveshaft, differential(s), transfer [...]

A Guide to Aerial Lifts

What are Aerial Lifts? Before discussing the uses and classifications of aerial lifts, let's start by defining them. Aerial lifts are defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as "machines/devices intended for moving persons, tools, and material to working positions, consisting of at least a work platform with controls, an extending [...]

Common Types of Forestry Equipment

Common Types of Forestry Equipment Foresters and loggers utilize many different pieces of equipment in order to cut and process trees. In this post we will discuss some of the basic types of equipment most commonly used in forestry and logging applications. Feller Bunchers Feller bunchers are used in both thinnings and clearcuts to grab, cut, and [...]

Common Types of Mining Equipment

Types of Mining There are a variety of machines used in the mining industry to drill, blast, hoist, and haul materials. The machinery used depends on the material being extracted, the environment, and the method of mining. Before discussing the equipment most commonly used in mining operations, let's discuss the different types of mining. There are two [...]

Cab-Over v.s. Conventional Trucks: What’s the Difference?

What's the Difference? There are two varieties of trucks typically seen on the road: cab-over and conventional. Cab-over trucks (also called cab over engine) have a flat front end with the cab sitting above or in front of the truck's front axle. Conventional trucks more resemble a car, with a hooded extension containing the engine in front of the cab, [...]

Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Maintenance Tips

What is an Undercarriage? An undercarriage is the supporting frame under the body of a vehicle. Cars, trucks, and heavy equipment all have undercarriages responsible for keeping the vehicle stable. When talking about heavy equipment, undercarriage also refers to the track system propelling the machine. There are different types, such as steel [...]

Advantages of Air Brakes

What Are Air Brakes? Air brakes utilize compressed air to press on a piston and apply pressure to the brake pad or brake shoe needed to stop or slow the vehicle. This contrasts with hydraulic brakes, which make use of hydraulic fluid rather than compressed air. Also known as pneumatic brakes, air brakes can either be drum brakes, disc brakes, or a [...]

A Guide to Ground Engaging Tools

What Are Ground Engaging Tools (GET)? Ground engaging tools are attachments for your earth-moving equipment that can increase machine performance by up to 20% and protect more expensive components from wear. These parts are the ones in contact with the ground or other materials, and are able to be replaced as they wear out. These tools assist in moving, [...]

Air Suspension: Pros and Cons

What is an Air Suspension System? Before discussing the merits and drawbacks of an air suspension system, we must first describe what it is and how it works. Air suspension is a type of vehicle suspension powered by an electric or engine-driven air pump or compressor. This compressor pumps the air into flexible bellows, usually made from [...]

13 Types of Heavy Construction Equipment

There are many different types of heavy equipment that can be found on a construction jobsite. Like tools in a toolbox, each piece of machinery fulfills a specific role. Depending on the size and scope of the project, some or all of these machines may be used. It is important to have the right equipment for the job, as it makes work faster and more [...]
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