Heavy Equipment Industry

large construction trucks

Heavy equipment has evolved since its origins thousands of years ago. From horse-drawn tractors to steam or gas-powered machinery to our current cranes and bulldozers, steel has been instrumental in this improvement in capability and reliability.


Primarily used in operations around the removal or transforming of earth, heavy-duty equipment includes vehicles and machinery that need to be strong. Steel’s high strength-to-weight ratio and corrosion resistance allow heavy equipment to not only do the job better but also to last longer than many other materials would under the difficult and demanding conditions.

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Steel is 100% recyclable while still maintaining its strength and properties that have made it so popular in heavy equipment used for a variety of applications.

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Steel Applications in the Heavy Equipment Industry

Crane Booms

silhouette of a crane

Heavy-duty cranes need to lift immense amounts of weight and require high levels of rigidity and strength in their booms. To accomplish this, cranes use steel to not only reduce their weight but also to balance rigidity with bendability for optimal boom design. The steel utilizes thinner pieces without sacrificing performance or safety to create a better crane.


construction road roller

Protecting the operator cabin of heavy equipment is an obvious and crucial part of working with this kind of machinery. Roll Over Protection Structures (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structures (FOPS) do exactly this to prevent damage or injury in the event of something falling, or the heavy equipment rolling over, onto the operator cabin. Steel helps manufacturers and users alike feel comfortable knowing that they’re protected by its strength while also reducing the weight of the cabin.

Excavator Buckets

orange excavator

On an excavator, everything that makes up the bucket, from the teeth to the bucket sides are made of steel. Bucket teeth are often forged or cast steel, while the sides are made from steel plates. This makes it easier to maneuver because the arm is lighter than if it was made with other metals but still keeps its strength and durability. This is due to the fact that these attachments are often made of low alloy steel with nickel and molybdenum added for better abrasion and corrosion resistance to keep their edges and last longer.

Steel Plates

steel plate base

Steel plates are also used in a variety of other heavy equipment machinery as well and are necessary for their structures and other applications such as outriggers for cranes. Arguably the most important criteria for plates in any of these applications is how much weight can be saved while maintaining the strength required. Because of its strength-to-weight ratio, steel is an ideal solution for these uses and is why it’s so widely employed by heavy equipment.



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