I've noticed that construction equipment & heavy machinery are often parked closely together, as if they are cuddling.

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What is the purpose of that parking technique?

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    $\begingroup$ Can make it potentially harder to steal. Its why you sometimes see cargo trucks and trailers parked back to back. Their doors cannot be swung open until one of the vehicles moves. $\endgroup$
    – Forward Ed
    Jul 9, 2022 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ @ForwardEd That's what I initially thought but I don't see how that applies to the vehicles in the photo. Maybe it's not to protect the entire vehicle but the shovel on the front since I think they are swappable. $\endgroup$
    – DKNguyen
    Jul 9, 2022 at 2:51
  • $\begingroup$ Reduce the space needed. Allows other trucks room to move. If they were left all over the yard it would be like trying to drive around a maze... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 9, 2022 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ @DKNguyen I think that you are correct about protecting the shovel ... the way it is in the picture, it would be difficult to disconnect the shovel and drag it onto a truck $\endgroup$
    – jsotola
    Jul 9, 2022 at 6:13
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    $\begingroup$ I'm with the shovel protection. The shovels are easily detached. In my area machines are often parked up with the excavator how pressing down on the second bucket to prevent theft of either. $\endgroup$
    – Transistor
    Jul 9, 2022 at 9:06

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I believe the word is huddle. It is standard practice to place heavy equipment close together for security and site safety management.


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