I'd Hate to be 'Cut Off' By That Truck


Ever wonder how they transport the massive components for those electricity generating wind turbines? They put ’em on really, really long trucks and then plan routes avoiding sharp turns and low overpasses. One of the big manufacturers of these turbines is Fargo-based DMI industries, donchaknow. Their pictures of tower segments being trucked around are equally impressive.
An interesting fact about wind turbines- they make bat’s lungs explode. Who knew? The huge blades also are the cause of tons of bird deaths each year as our feathered friends fail to dodge the spinning vanes. That makes passing this truck an iffy process if you’re driving a Falcon!
Image source: [Imgur.com]

31 Comments

  1. Looks like we need to make some stealth wind turbines.
    Black is very in this season.

  2. I'd swear that picture was taken on I-65 south, somewhere in northern Indiana. They're putting up about 300 of the things up there.

    1. My brother lives out there and you have to pass the Meadow Lake Wind Farm to get to his town. That one alone is huge, and I understand there's at least one that's bigger.

  3. Seeing convoys of wind turbines in west Texas is awesome. You see this massive, massive cylinder coming at you on a 2 lane highway, followed by another, and another, and then a blade. Its wild stuff.

  4. I see those things all the time here in Texas.
    The rear part of that setup is steerable by remote control from the followup escort vehicle so it can make corners and tight entrance/exit ramps.

  5. The big trucks are pretty cool, but have you seen them being transported on trains? Each of the blades takes up 1.5 flatbed cars, so it's only attached to one and the long end is free to hang off on turns. I can't imagine the logistics of planning that route, especially where two lines run parallel.

  6. I spotted a parked windmill transporter a couple years ago on a road trip while passing through rural Tennessee. I stopped and talked to the dudes and was able to get the following information. The blades I saw were manufactured in Denmark and shipped to the Port of Pensacola, Florida and headed to Indiana. The blade length is 135' and overall vehicle length is 160'. 3 escort vehicles, top speed of 45 mph during daylight hours only. I got a couple images of them plus a cool old trike parked in the truck stop across the highway from that truck.
    Click on this link to see my images of that truck.
    http://longrooffan-forposting.blogspot.com/2010/0
    And according to GraveRobber, this olelongrooffan is mighty glad I wasn't driving my 63 Falcon Station Bus!

  7. I used to work monitoring for Suzlon which is one of the manufactures of these. The attached blade plant was a royal nuisance when they shipped these things. They had to close down two fairly major roads to get the trucks to make the 90 degree turns. It was annoying. Suzlons S88 blades were 144 feet long. I now work for a different company that only does monitoring (which is what I also did for Suzlon) and some of the towers we watch (Specifically the Clippers) have 162 foot long blades. Check this out: http://www.aweo.org/windmodels.html I've dealt with all of them, except the Gamesa ones.

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