Equipment focus: REMU Crossover bucket
A Finnish REMU Crossover excavator bucket is allowing Pothole People QLD to screen and crush waste material excavated from job sites — usually broken asphalt, road-base and other base materials — for recycling as road base.
Previously the material had been dumped into landfill at considerable cost, according to Pothole People QLD executive director Greg Quince, a third-generation civil construction contractor in South East Queensland.
"We immediately started saving money when we commissioned the REMU XO," he says. "As we previously paid to dump the waste material this cost has been almost eliminated, and by screening, crushing and blending the waste material into a viable road base it can be re-used, reducing the cost to ourselves and, importantly, to our customers."
Premier Rock Machinery (PRM) says the REMU XO is a bucket frame which can be connected to several different work modules, changing the function of the bucket in less than 10 minutes. Basically you are changing the work-module instead of the whole bucket, it says, which means using only one bucket for digging, moving, dumping, screening or light crushing.
"The XO was essentially designed with customers like Pothole People QLD in mind," PRM owner Mike Davis says. "Companies like them generate waste material that they have to move, store and eventually dump in landfill sites."
Davis says the REMU XO is working well for companies in other industries as well. One landscaping operator no longer buys black dirt or compost, instead creating its own resource from decomposed sod blended with black dirt reclaimed from previous jobs.
And a swimming pool contractor has reduced spoil removal from site by crushing, screening and reusing dry waste material back in the construction.
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