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3 Reasons to Scale Loose Debris with a RockWheel

Posted by Chip Kogelmann

Jun 2, 2014 7:30:00 AM

scale-loose-debris-rockwheel-cutterheadMass rock excavation projects are tall tasks that present many technical areas of difficulty and call for a certain level of professionalism. Different conditions dictate best practices at construction sites. Depending on how hard the surface is, and what elements are present in the soil, there are a variety of different directions crews can take to achieve the same results.

Sometimes the situation makes a more precise tool necessary, while other times there is no choice but to use large, powerful options. The different methods available all have different ramifications that change the way the job is handled.

Think About the Loose Debris Created

One such consequence that companies must take into account is the amount of loose debris that an excavator creates. This loose debris must be taken care of to ensure that the excavated area is completely safe for thoroughfare and additional work.

This finishing step in an excavation project is called scaling and normally follows a drill or blast project that creates a large amount of debris. This article will explore why RockWheels are the ideal solution for scaling after a drill or blast project.

Gain a Greater Sense of Stability and Safety

The underground mine scaling-RockWheel has proven its technical superiority to many customers who rely on RockWheel to keep their mine walls safe and stable after drill and blast operations.

Safety is a primary concern during these dangerous projects, and the RockWheel has proved itself to create the most stable and safe environment during scaling.

1. Advantage in Overall Utilitylimestone_scaling_web1

One of the biggest assets of a RockWheel is their utility.

The Rockwheel has a major advantage over a scaling claw or hammer simply because of the area of the cutterhead that physically interfaces with the rock.

Scaling claws and hammers simply do not have the same type of cutting width that RockWheels provide.

Rockwheels come in different sizes to best serve the conditions you are operating in on site.

Scaling jobs on hard rock like the Limestone we have here in Central Pennsylvania call for the larger and most powerful RockWheels.

These powerful RockWheels offer up to 4 feet of cutting width, which will greatly increase the speed of the scaling process compared to the rate of a single scaling claw.

2. Cross-Compatibility

Rockwheels are attachments that can be used on standard equipment, such as excavators, and although specialized scaling machines are somewhat common in the industry, they aren’t necessary.

We have years of experience outfitting scaling equipment with cutterheads and rockwheels.

We can help you finish the job without investing in specialized scaling machines, so the potential to use existing equipment is an advantage.

3. High Level of Efficiency

The last reason that a RockWheel is exactly what you need for your scaling needs is its high level of efficiency. The spinning rotary drums with teeth are an ideal system for scaling after drill and blast because the force of the teeth on the rock never exceeds 45o.

By limiting the pick interface to 45o and below, loose material is chipped off along fractures created by the blasting. The angular interface of the picks on the wall create very minimal over-breaking.

Minimal over-breaking means a clean, stable wall that leaves a scaling job well done.

If you are involved in a project that relies upon drilling or blasting, consider a RockWheel and see how it performs in scaling. 

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Topics: Rock Scaling, Rockwheel

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