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The concept of permaculture tends to center on human labor for productivity, probably because machines can't (yet) reproduce themselves.  But there's something to be said for using a nicely-designed, purpose-built mechanism to really get a job done.

 
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It is kind of a cool machine, but I am not sure what real practical application it has.

At first I thought it was scooping up the material and laying down finished bricks in its wake, but the hopper of material in the bin above the truck shows it is just preloaded. The scraper blade is actually just making the surface flat for the finished bricks to sit upon. In the end I concluded it really is no more than a portable brick factory. Cool for sure, but what are the practical advantages?

Well it does save on transportation costs because they are being made on-site.

That was about all I came up with as far as being superior to factory made bricks.

I wanted to say the saving of curing them in a kiln, but I am not sure that is the case. I can see in certain locations that are dry and hot for sure, but here in Maine where I live, we would never be able to get bricks to dry outside by the time we got a drenching downpour. In remote regions though where they are dry and away from brick factories; it has potential. Definitely a well designed machine...
 
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