ALUMINUM IN EARTHMOVING EQUIPMENT
The larger the equipment for a specific job in the earth-moving field, the more quickly and efficiently that job can be done. Unfortunately, the very size and weight of many present units means that the transportation of them involves a ponderous task. If increased capacity could be obtained with no increase in gross vehicle weight, and with only negligible differences in dimensions, major progress could be made in the equipment field. Even if physical dimensions involved no problem, the weight and placement of such essentials as tires, wheels, brakes, drive chains and engines, all tend to limit the payload capacity of a given vehicle. Through the judicious use of aluminum alloys in proved applications, a 10 to 15 per cent increase in payload capacity can readily be achieved at no increase in gross vehicle weight. The aluminum applications referred to have been proved both in over-the-road and in off-highway service.