More Road Millers

As mentioned in a previous posting, a road miller is the world’s most unloved—and ugliest—machine.  It is ugly, it is loud, it is dirty.  No little boy asks Santa for a toy road miller in his stocking.  Any adult who drives past highway construction has seen them many times, but have mentally blocked them out and think they are seeing one for the first time.  Yet they are crucial to our way of life.  You can’t keep maintaining roads with new layers of asphalt without taking some off. A miller shaves off the old layer of asphalt to make room for the new layer.

For a while we have one parked nearby while they repave Concord Pike.  The crew tells me they simply call it “the Wirtgen” after the German company who made this one.  A German manufacturer seems appropriate.  They probably make it in the Ruhr Valley, which we learned in grade school is filled with black smoke, steel mills, and coal mines (where the sun never shines).  And old Wirtgens.

So, here are several photos, close-up.  (Click on a photo to enlarge it.)  I am developing some affection for them, as one does for the ugliest puppy in a litter, blind in one eye, yapping, and hobbling around on three legs.

The Wirtgen road miller.

The Wirtgen road miller.

The conveyer belt that loads the leading truck

The conveyer belt that loads the leading truck

The carbide teeth that tear up the road surface.

The carbide teeth on a drum that tear up the road surface.

In case it isn't obvious.

In case it isn’t obvious.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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1 Response to More Road Millers

  1. David Hall says:

    I’ve been reading about road millers for a couple of weeks now. What else is new? Hope you and Missy are well. Dave

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