Argo

An amphibious all terrain, off-road vehicle.


Photo: Ontario Drive & Gear Limited

 

Horizontal Drilling Machines

Directional drilling (or slant drilling) is the practice of drilling non-vertical wells. It can be broken down into three main groups: Oilfield Directional Drilling, Utility Installation Directional Drilling or Horizontal Directional Drilling.


Photo: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.

 

Crucible Carrier

Hot metal carriers (HMCs) are forklift-style vehicles used in smelters to pick up crucibles of molten metal from pot lines and carry them to casting machines.

 

Mowers

A mower is a machine for cutting grass or other plants that grow on the ground.

Gang Reel

Reel mowers have a horizontally rotating cylindrical reel composed of helical blades, each of which in turn runs past a horizontal cutter-bar, producing a continuous scissor action. The bar is held at an adjustable level just above the ground and the reel runs at a speed dependent on the forward movement speed of the machine, driven by wheels running on the ground (or in self-powered applications by a motor).

This type of mower is used to produce consistently short and even grass on bowling greens, lawns, parks and sports grounds. When pulled by a tractor, these mowers are often ganged into sets of three, five or more, to form a gang mower.

Rotary

Rotary mowers have a rapidly rotating bar, or disks mounted on a bar, with sharpened edges that cut the grass. When these mowers are tractor-mounted they are easily capable of mowing grass at up to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) in good conditions. Some models are designed to be mounted in double and triple sets on a tractor, one in the front and one at each side, thus able to cut up to 20 foot (6 metre) swaths.

In rough cutting conditions the blades attached to the disks are swiveled to absorb blows from obstructions. Self-powered mowers of this type are used for rougher grass in gardening and other land maintenance.


Photo: The Toro Company

 

Nodwell

The Nodwell series carriers are multi-purpose two-tracked vehicles capable of traversing a wide variety of adverse terrain conditions such as sand, mud, muskeg, swamp and snow.

 

Skid- Steer Loaders

A skid steer loader is a small rigid frame, engine-powered machine with lift arms used to attach a wide variety of labor-saving tools or attachments. Though sometimes they are equipped with tracks, skid-steer loaders are typically four-wheel drive vehicles with the left-side drive wheels independent of the right-side drive wheels. By having each side independent of the other, wheel speed and direction of rotation of the wheels determine the direction the loader will turn.

Skid steer loaders are capable of zero-radius, “pirouette” turning, which makes them extremely maneuverable and valuable for applications that require a compact, agile loader.


Photo: J C Bamford Excavators Limited

 

Slag Pot Carrier

When melting metal, a lot of impurities get melted along with the product. These impurities are known as slag. The slag is dumped into a slag pot and then transported back to large pits dug into the ground.

 

Snow Throwers/Blowers

A snow blower or snow thrower is a machine for removing snow from an area where it is not wanted, such as roadways or runways. The term “snow thrower” is often used to encompass snow throwers and snow blowers, however, in proper usage, a snow thrower is a machine that uses a single stage to remove or “throw” snow while a snow blower uses two stages to remove or “blow” snow. This is in contrast with the action of snow plows which push snow to the front or side.

 

Snowmobile

A snowmobile, also known in some places as a snow machine or sled, is a land vehicle for winter travel on snow. Designed to be operated on snow and ice, they require no road or trail. Design variations enable some machines to operate in deep snow or forests; most are used on open terrain, including frozen lakes, or driven on paths or trails. They have no enclosure except for a windshield and their engine normally drives a continuous track or tracks at the rear; skis at the front provide directional control.


Photo: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.