I don’t know where’d I’d keep it or what I’d do with it, but I want one

Dutchman invents brick laying machine – is this cool or what?

Brick roads have long been sought-after due to their attractiveness and durability but have become less common because of the labour-intensive work that goes into laying them, compared to other road surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.

However, with a Tiger-Stone workers are able to lay out 400 square metres of new road every day, using paving stones or bricks, compared to a single conventional paver on their hands and knees who would only be able to manage between 75 and 100 square metres.

The amazing machine, named Tiger-Stone, can create an instant road wherever it travels, laying out bricks in formation to create perfect paving.

While the process may look magical, the secret behind the invention lies in a smartly-designed gravity-based system.

The machine is the brainchild of Henk van Kuijk, director of Dutch industrial company Vanku, who came up with his ground-breaking invention after deciding that squatting or kneeling down to place the bricks into the ground by hand was too much like hard work.

The device, which is as wide as a road and comes in four, five and six-metre widths, is fed loose bricks and lays them out onto the road as it slowly moves along.

The tread-tracked machine is electrically-powered, and has few moving parts, so noise and maintenance are kept to a minimum.

Once the bricks are in place, all a contractor has to do is go over the new road surface with a tamper, and the new highway is complete.

Probably not quite as much fun as a snow blower, but close

Probably not quite as much fun as a snow blower, but close

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7 responses to “I don’t know where’d I’d keep it or what I’d do with it, but I want one

  1. Someone catalogue the details on that one…what an utterly cool machine.

  2. Greenwich Avenue is brick under paving.

  3. Tawm

    Might even be workable under CT policy — as long as the project contract allows for the extra 10 unionized crew who stand around to supervise the bricklaying machine doing the actual work.

  4. Anonymous

    you didnt build that …someone else built that

  5. Fred2

    Brick roads, done right, are awesome. Easy to fix They flex with freeze thaw cycles, Also very useful during civil unrest ( you can both build barricades and use them as improvised weapons), With the right kinds of bricks you can make them semi permeable too, which is nice if you have water run-off concerns.

    They are however, a total pain inthe rear to shovel.

  6. Not quite as cool as advertised: it’s effectively a funnel that dispenses a ribbon of bricks– but notice that the bricks are still arranged by hand. A more efficient method, but it’s the bricklayers still placing each piece.

    Comments are pretty funny– a Luddite complaining that this newfangled machinery will take away jobs. Somebody tell him that the industrial revolution happened 200 years ago…