The RoadJet 5000

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12 Responses:

  1. korgmeister says:

    That is really freakin' cool!

  2. leolo says:

    I was sure one of the Previouslies was going to be that machine that took apart cement barriers and put them back together one lane over, like a zipper.

  3. keimel says:

    Wow, a machine that doesn't really automate a damn thing, since a human STILL has to poke every single paver before they're laid out. All this seems to do is add in two bobcats and keep the guys laying the pavers from having to bend over a lot. And laying the pavers is the easiest frikkin part of all of it.

    Still, it's kind of cool to see, but I'm not sure what need this fills. Unless of course it's intended to replace undocumented alien employees in the US.

    • tjic says:

      > All this seems to do is ... keep the guys laying the pavers from having to bend over a lot.

      Spoken like a person who has never had an utterly back breaking job doing uncomfortable manual labor in an awkward position.

      "All it seems to do" ?!?!

      Spend a day digging a ditch, or carrying 50# packs of shingles up a two story ladder, or installing can lights overhead, and get back to me on how trivial that "all" is.

      • keimel says:

        I've put down well over 25,000 square feet of pavers. Why yes, I do know how back breaking it _can_ be, if you're being up and down with fetching pavers AND laying them, but when you have one stacker and a couple runners, the pavers move along pretty frikkin quick in whatever pattern you're putting down.

        • _candide_ says:

          While I haven't laid as many pavers as you, I have laid them. And when I first saw this video, I had 2 thoughts:

          1) Shouldn't we call it, "The PatioJet 5000?"

          2) OMG! What a timesaver that thing has to be!

          Look at the video again. They are not just "laying the pavers the same way, just without bending." They're tossing the bricks in, in the correct pattern. The machine is ensuring that every brick is up against every other brick tighly, with no extra spacing. Not the people feeding the machine.

          I could easily envision a team of workers lining up a row of bricks in that thing faster than the front-loader could deliver them.

    • skington says:

      I think you seriously underestimate the time and backache impact that doing this manually would have, compared to basically playing Lego at gentleman's working height.

  4. ladykalessia says:

    Somewhere, the ghost of a Roman road engineer is wailing at the top of his sad spectral lungs.

  5. gargargar says:

    I'm informed by a friend in Leiden that a law went into effect in the Netherlands preferring "mechanized" road laying this past year. The result was a flurry of production of road laying devices, largely involving texturing tarmac to resemble the brick roads the country is used to.

    Unfortunately those are non-permeable and you get terrible runoff problems. This bricklaying device is neat because it could have existed in nearly any era (perhaps pulled by plow animals), and it retains the drainage characteristics of a brick road laid with any other technique.

    This is early days for these devices, basically. I'm willing to bet that there will be some kind of device eventually that will fulfill your dreams of simply forklifting a pallet of bricks into a funnel and waiting for your road to zip together.

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