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!
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31 responses to “I'd Hate to be 'Cut Off' By That Truck”

  1. engineerd Avatar

    If you're in a Veyron, driving near one of these is the safest place to be.

    1. Fej Avatar

      I saw what you did there, and then veered off into a lake to avoid hitting it

  2. dmilligan Avatar

    I'll bet that rig is exciting to drive on a really windy day.

    1. Fej Avatar

      It would be quite the electrifying experience

  3. Alff Avatar

    Wind power is undergoing a revolution and I am a huge fan.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      I'll say it with gust-o – wind power fans are a bunch of blowhards and so are their airs.

      1. Alff Avatar

        blow me

    2. BGW Avatar

      Personally, I oscillate on the subject.

      1. Tomsk Avatar

        Really? Making a decision should be a breeze.

    3. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

      you guys are all full of wind…

  4. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

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

  5. FreeMan Avatar

    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. BGW Avatar

      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.

  6. muthalovin Avatar

    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.

  7. K5ING Avatar

    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.

  8. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    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.

  9. longrooffan Avatar

    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.
    And according to GraveRobber, this olelongrooffan is mighty glad I wasn't driving my 63 Falcon Station Bus!

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      forget the blade, I like the bug-motorcycle thing you got a photo of.

  10. K-Dub Avatar

    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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    I just love following these updates! It just makes my afternoon.

  12. calendar 2010 Avatar

    I think we also deserve this . good point!

  13. Britt Fake Avatar

    I’ve been a truckerfor almost twelve years now. Really love your post. I’ll come back often for more.

  14. Christopher Mills Avatar

    actually it is not that hard to setup wind farms, the only problem is that it requires lots of capital investment.”.-

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