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Trommel Bucket Makes Quick Work of Beach Job

Fri January 14, 2005 - Northeast Edition
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In 2002, Asbury Partners LLC was awarded the redevelopment rights to refurbish the entire 1-mi. length and three blocks width of beachfront in Asbury Park, NJ.

One phase of this project included the demolition and complete rebuild of the Asbury Park boardwalk, which was constructed of creosote wood pilings, heavy 12 by 12 timers, 3 by 12 stringers and a 2 by 4 walking surface.

S & W General Contracting Inc. was awarded the boardwalk demolition project with Vaccaro Enterprises LLC, of Asbury Park and Simpson and Brown, of Cranford, NJ, also working on the project.

When the boardwalk and reconstruction was completed, Marc Rutolo, project manager of Asbury Partners, subcontracted Vaccaro Enterprises to remove all construction debris that was left in the sand by the recent boardwalk rebuild project as well as the debris that had been buried in the sand over the past 40 years.

The cleanup of a 1 mi. long, 100 ft. wide and 3 ft. deep beach area included removal and separation of wood, concrete and rebar from the sand.

Vaccaro was then faced with the task of not only cleaning the sand of all debris but to do so within an established budget. To meet this challenge, Vaccaro Enterprises chose one of Okada America’s new trommel buckets, the TMB-120 supplied by AT Equipment, of Worcester, MA, for the job

The TMB-120 is Okada’s largest bucket weighing 6,174 lbs. (2,800 kg) and a screen drum capacity of 3.2 cu. yds. (2.4 cu m).

Rutolo said he could not have been more pleased with the outcome of the screening operation of the TMB-120 mounted to Vaccaro’s Cat 330 excavator. This combination made short work of the screening job, which was completed in 24 working days.

Not only did the TMB-120 prove to be speedy, the job only required an excavator and a loader operator, making the screening bucket efficient and profitable as well. More than 45 tons (40.5 t) of C&D debris was removed from the sand to an off-site location.

With this phase of a 10-year project completed, the beach area is now ready for next summer.

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