In every industry there are pieces of equipment and inventions that become so ubiquitous that they are what the general population thinks of when asked to visualise that industry. For writers, that was the typewriter; for a doctor, you might say a stethoscope; for a construction worker, you might think of a big crane or the classic red toolbox. What you probably would not think of are the many vehicles that a construction worker uses for several different purposes on every single job. These vehicles move not only their owners but also the construction industry as a whole forward, and without them the industry would grind to a halt. This article hopes to shed some light on the importance of these aforementioned vehicles and a couple of standouts in particular.
Tray tops, trucks, utes and whatever else you might call them are instantly recognisable as a type of vehicle that construction workers use, but many of us underestimate just how much these vehicles contribute to the industry as a whole. Not only are they extremely durable to handle the tough conditions found on many work sites, but they also give their owners an enormous amount of room to store their many different miscellaneous tools and supplies. Without tray tops, every job would take a lot longer simply due to the amount of smaller items tray tops are able to transport quickly. Without them your only options would be regular cars, which cannot easily fit many of the things that tray tops carry, or much larger trucks that take a lot longer and are already preoccupied with the big-ticket items required at a work site. Tray tops are the ultimate handy vehicle that every construction site needs a few of, and they deserve more recognition for their role as the backbone of transport in the construction industry.
Similarly, the crane truck is the perfect example of streamlining equipment to make it as efficient as possible. While fixed cranes will never be replaced by crane trucks on bigger sites, crane trucks have effectively created their own niche on every construction site because of their compact nature. There is often not a lot of room on work sites to negotiate big cranes and so crane trucks are perfect for getting into small areas and lifting small- to medium-sized objects. You can get much bigger crane trucks that are almost comparable to fixed cranes, but they suffer from some of the same problems (their prohibitive size). Crane trucks are a testament to the ingenuity of the construction industry and are part of the lifeblood of an industry governed by a need to innovate at all times.Share