The operator prepares to demonstrate the FAE STCH-250 rock crusher and MTH-225 attachments.
With almost 4 million miles of road, the United States has one of the most extensive infrastructure networks on earth. Building and maintaining the system can be demanding and nerve-racking, especially with an ever-growing population. Local governments and state authorities rely on the work of highly skilled contractors to construct and maintain roads, highways and other thoroughfares.
Enter Rock Solid Stabilization Inc., based in Ringwood, Ill. According to the company, it is one of the leading stabilization and full-depth asphalt reclamation contractors in North America. Cities, counties, local DOTs and private contractors call on Rock Solid to bring their projects in on time and under budget. The company performs full-depth reclamation, which consists of breaking up older asphalt while mixing it with the soil beneath and adding a stabilizing agent in order to create a better base for the new road. Full-depth reclamation is highly effective because it eliminates the need to break up old asphalt and haul it away. This is the most environmentally friendly technique that does not sacrifice production.
Rock Solid's extensive fleet of reclaimers and stabilizers were getting the job done, but were having issues that needed to be addressed. Jonathan Pease, president of Rock Solid, reached out to FAE USA, in order to tackle his company's problems.
FAE, with its North American headquarters in Flowery Branch, Ga., has been offering solutions to the full-depth reclamation and stabilization industries for more than 25 years. All FAE reclaimers and stabilizers are tractor driven (PTO with a creeper gear) and are the only attachments capable of pulverizing any rock while in operation, according to the company.
Using a tractor as a power source, Rock Solid can now stabilize and reclaim around tight corners, trees and obstacles. This increases productivity and decreases operating costs.
“With the FAE units we are experiencing great gradation of the blended material. In the rocky conditions we experience, we are having no damage from the terrain, as the MTH is designed to crush rocks while stabilizing.” said Pease.
FAE reclaimers and stabilizers are mounted to the tractor via the three-point hitch and allow for complete reclamation/stabilization. Larger, self-propelled units have a mid-mounted drum, and cannot stabilize between the drum and the tires when reaching a tight spot. Due to the tractor's capabilities, transportation and permit costs go down, as the tractor can be driven on-road project to project.
Rock Solid purchased a FAE STCH-250 rock crusher and a MTH-225 rock crusher, stabilizer and reclaimer. The STCH-225 is being used as a rock-crushing machine to break up large rocks before using the dedicated self propelled reclaimer/soil stabilizer. This crushing process allows the bigger self-propelled machine to operate more efficiently. The STCH has a working width of 100 in. (254 cm) at a max depth of 10 in. (25 cm).
The MTH-225 is FAE's flagship construction attachment and is able to perform rock milling, wet/dry stabilization and full depth reclamation. With its 91 in. (231 cm) working width and 20 in. (51 cm) max depth, the MTH-225 is the perfect solution for city/county road construction, airport runways, access roads, site preparation, parking lots, driveways, strip mining and much more. The advanced water system allows an operator to add water with or without a liquid lime/cement binding agent directly into the chamber. This is a must for heavy-duty jobs, or when the operator wants to suppress dust and keep the teeth at a cooler temperature.
“We are very pleased with FAE and with all the ways to utilize the units in our various applications. We haven't found an application yet that either unit hasn't performed well. We are excited about the future and how we can integrate FAE products into more of the current services we preform and to even add services around the FAE product line. This is just the beginning of a great partnership,” said Pease.
Giorgio Carera, the CEO of FAE USA Inc. said, “FAE is excited about our partnership with Rock Solid. We are happy we were able to provide Rock Solid with the best and latest technology for road reclamation and soil stabilization. FAE is also pleased that Rock Solid's purchase allows them to outperform their competition and finish their projects within their budget. As always FAE stands behind its product and will support Rock Solid throughout their future projects. With our large parts inventory, friendly support staff, and overall expertise, we help our business partners make sure their operations are profitable”.
For more information about FAE USA Inc., visit www.faeusa.com.
For more information about Rock Solid Stabilization Inc., visit www.rocksolidstabilization.com.