Why do they call steam rollers, steam rollers? They don't produce, get rid of, or have anything to do with ste?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A steamroller (or steam roller) is a form of road roller – a type of heavy construction machinery used for levelling surfaces, such as roads or airfields – that is powered by a steam engine. The levelling/flattening action is achieved through a combination of the size and weight of the vehicle and the rolls: the smooth wheels and the large cylinder or drum fitted in place of treaded road wheels.

    A steam powered steamroller

    The majority of steam rollers are outwardly similar to traction engines as many traction engine manufacturers later produced rollers based on their existing designs, and the patents owned by certain roller manufacturers tended to influence the general arrangements used by others. The key difference between the two vehicles is that on a roller the main roll replaces the front wheels and axle that would be fitted to a traction engine.

    In many parts of the world, the term steam roller is still used to refer to a road roller, regardless of the method of propulsion. This typically only applies to the largest examples (used for road-making).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In the old day's they were powered by steam,took about an hour to get it fired up,made for a long day..The name pretty much just went with the machine..Here in "NZ"they are called road roller's,not nearly as impressive huh..

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  • 1 decade ago

    Many years ago they used to run on steam. Kind of looked like a steam locomotive on rollers. The name stuck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    And when I was a kid there was a machine called a steam shovel. You know it as a backhoe.

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  • annyda
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    1 decade ago

    in the old days they were powered by steam

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  • 1 decade ago

    Oh, you're just too young to know about these things. Read JMCCOY999's answer. He's right.

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