Some units are also equipped with proportional controls that allow you to "customize" how material is dumped. "We have a hand and foot control, so you can dump fast or slow or halfway, etc.," says [Kendall Aldridge]. "That way, you can control how much and how quickly you dump a load."
Running Heads Running Heads I I Concrete Equipment Muck Truck power buggies feature mechanical four-wheel drive, which provides the ability to climb at a 40° angle while fully loaded, plus the added power for climbing over obstacles. MOVING BEYOND CONCRETE Features and accessories make today’s power buggies more productive and versatile. By Kim Berndtson P ower buggies have evolved into a productive and versatile replacement for manual labor or larger material-handling equipment on many job- you can just load concrete into the unit and wheel it to the site.” But while commonly known as concrete buggies, matter of minutes, you can make a switch.” “A stake bed/flat bed option really comes in handy,” agrees Ed Varel, engineering project manag- sites. Consider that a wheelbarrow pushed manu- these powered wheelbarrows can do far more than er, Stone Construction Equipment. “With our units, ally can move at about 2.5 to 3 mph, while a power move concrete. With features geared toward pro- you can take the sides off the stake bed to turn it buggy can travel upwards of 7 mph or more. ductivity, and accessories that increase versatility, into a flat bed, which is good for moving materials “Concrete is hot,” comments Warren Faler, prod- they will transport everything from dirt and con- that don’t fit into a hopper, such as 2x4s.” uct manager, Multiquip. “The longer it sets, the struction debris to pavers and jobsite tools. Hopper size — The most common hopper size harder it gets. You only have so much time to dis- “Although the original intent was to place con- is 16 cu. ft., but some manufacturers offer capaci- charge and spread the concrete before it’s too late.” crete, they are now being used for a wider variety of ties to 21 cu. ft. “Typically, 16-cu.-ft. buggies are “Compared to a concrete pump, these machines materials every day,” says Faler. “They’re simple to the most common due to the large capacity and are easier to use,” adds Terry Rowlands, CEO, Muck use and simple to maintain.” the versatility to operate in more confined areas,” Truck. “Keeping pipes clean at the end of the day “A lot of our customers purchase our buggies for says Fred Russell, Miller Spreader. “But 21-cu.-ft. is difficult and labor intensive. With these buggies, all the other jobs they can use it for, because they machines have one and a half times the capacity can carry more than concrete,” Rowlands notes. and can move much more material per trip, given “Nearly every machine has some sort of attach- that the jobsite can accommodate the larger size. ment. Very few of them leave the factory without Smaller 11-cu.-ft. walk-behind machines are usually some other options added. reserved for smaller jobs with very tight pathways “A lot of these guys aren’t doing just concrete,” or landscaping jobs.” he continues. “They’re also digging footings, so Hopper design — Manufacturers also offer hop- they have to carry dirt away. They might be laying per features designed to boost productivity, such pavers or stone. They might not have work in the as increased dump angles, higher discharge lips, winter, so they purchase a plow for moving snow. splash protection, etc. There are a lot of other jobs [buggies] do other “We provide a dumping angle that promotes than carry concrete.” a clean dump,” says Faler. “A greater dump angle eliminates the need to manually remove material. We Enhance productivity also have a high discharge lip, so when you’re back- A range of productivity enhancing features are ing up with the hopper raised, the lip of the power available for power buggies. Here are a few examples: buggy doesn’t scrape the forms. Our splash protec- Hopper options — Most power buggies come tion reduces concrete splatter on the operator.” standard with a polyethylene hopper. This is well Large fuel tanks — Large fuel tanks are an impor- suited for moving concrete and wet materials, tant fea
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