14 Most Popular Types Of Construction Vehicles

Additionally, there is a huge variety of cranes. Yet, every type of crane is designed to serve a specific job/service.

So, there are:

  • Smallest jib cranes;
  • Tall tower cranes;
  • Mini cranes;
  • Larger floating cranes;
  • Loader cranes;

8. Loaders

When speaking about the most popular types of construction vehicles- I must not forget to mention the loaders.

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In fact, the loaders are used to load or to move aside different types of construction materials, such as are:

  • Asphalt;
  • Dirt;
  • Demolition debris;
  • Snow;
  • Feed;
  • Gravel;
  • Recycled materials;
  • Rocks;

Yet, construction companies are using various types of loaders for their construction tasks. There are bucket loaders, front loaders, pay loaders, skid-steer, as well as scoop loaders. Each loader is being used for different type of tasks.

More precisely, the loader is considered to be a type of tractor.

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That is to say, the loader can be wheeled as well as on tracks.

As previously mentioned, the application of loaders in construction work can be seen in the movement of stockpiled materials into dump trucks.


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Additionally, the loader assembly type can vary. There are loader assembly that can be in the form of a removable attachment. Or it can be permanently mounted. Additionally, the bucket can be augmented.

9. Crawler Dozers

Crawler dozers are the powerful tracked machines that are becoming more and more popular types of construction vehicles/ machines in the U.S. construction industry.

Moreover, the prime purpose of the crawler dozers in the construction work is to do the pioneering work.

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More precisely, the crawler dozers are engaged in the operations of moving dirt, and in preparing for new roadways.

That is to say, crawler dozers can be sometimes used as automated grade controls. Speaking of which, can enable construction companies to establish complex contours.

10. Compactors

Compactors are the vehicles that are being used in every construction task.

Sharply said, the compactors are used by construction companies to reduce the size of the materials. For examples, such as are the biomass through compaction or the waste material.

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Additionally, there are different types of compactors. We can see the baler-wrapper compactor, which is used for making compact bales, as well as the trash compactor- which is being used for reducing the volume of trash. Both types of compactors are used in construction operations.

Moreover, the compactors come in many shapes and sizes- all of which are powered by hydraulics.

Additionally, compactors can be used as well in scrap metal processing.

11. Excavators

Excavators (hydraulic) are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, dipper (or stick), bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the “house”. The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often mistakenly called power shovels.

Modern hydraulic excavators come in a wide variety of sizes. The smaller ones are called mini or compact excavators.

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For example, Caterpillar’s smallest mini-excavator weighs 2,060 pounds (930 kg) and has 13 hp; their largest model is the largest excavator available (a record previously held by the Orenstein & Koppel RH400), the CAT 6090, which weighs in excess of 2,160,510 pounds (979,990 kg), has 4500 hp, and a bucket as large as 52.0 m³.

All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid, with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors.

Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders, their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators which use winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements

12. Forklifts

A forklift (also called lift truck, fork truck, fork hoist, and forklift truck) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances.

Forklift hydraulics are controlled either with levers directly manipulating the hydraulic valves, or by electrically controlled actuators, using smaller “finger” levers for control. The latter allows forklift designers more freedom in ergonomic design.

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Forklift trucks are available in many variations and load capacities. In a typical warehouse setting most forklifts have load capacities between one and five tons. Larger machines, up to 50 tons lift capacity, are used for lifting heavier loads, including loaded shipping containers.

In addition to a control to raise and lower the forks (also known as blades or tines), the operator can tilt the mast to compensate for a load’s tendency to angle the blades toward the ground and risk slipping off the forks.

Tilt also provides a limited ability to operate on non-level ground. Skilled forklift operators annually compete in obstacle and timed challenges at regional forklift rodeos.

13. Conveyors

Conveyor systems are used widespread across a range of industries due to the numerous benefits they provide.

Conveyors are able to safely transport materials from one level to another, which when done by human labor would be strenuous and expensive.

They can be installed almost anywhere, and are much safer than using a forklift or other machine to move materials.

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They can move loads of all shapes, sizes and weights. Also, many have advanced safety features that help prevent accidents.

There are a variety of options available for running conveying systems, including the hydraulic, mechanical and fully automated systems, which are equipped to fit individual needs.

Conveyor systems are commonly used in many industries, including the Mining, automotive, agricultural, computer, electronic, food processing, aerospace, pharmaceutical, chemical, bottling and canning, print finishing and packaging.

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Although a wide variety of materials can be conveyed, some of the most common include food items such as beans and nuts, bottles and cans, automotive components, scrap metal, pills and powders, wood and furniture and grain and animal feed.

Many factors are important in the accurate selection of a conveyor system. It is important to know how the conveyor system will be used beforehand.



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