Concreteanswers.tv bringing you the internet’s most passionate show about concrete plants and equipment. Job site washout, hottest topic on the planet right now: California, New York City, possibly Jersey. This stuff is pretty hot and it’s falling back on the shoulders of the concrete producer, so you’ve got to know what you’re doing here. We’ve got a product called the Washout Washdog and I want you to learn a little about it in the video. It’s all gravity and what I love about all gravity is that gravity doesn’t break. So check this video out! This is Les Connard with the Washout Watchdog and we’re here at the World of Concrete 2012. I want to show you a bit about my product. What I have is a gravity fed chute washout system that attaches to each truck that you use once you washout, once it’s time to washout the truck. My gravity fed washout system is something you use when it’s time to washout your truck on a job site. Right here is the rack that contains our bucket and this is mounted on the side of the truck. Once you get done unloading your concrete and it’s time to rinse down your chutes you simply, you can use a scraper and scrape everything out of your chute and attach this bucket to the chute. I’m going to lay this bucket aside. This bucket is now attached to the chute of a concrete truck. Would I lie to you? It’s a very, very fast system, because I have a valve on my bucket you’re not going to have to put a hose on until it’s time to drain. So we’re going to rinse out our chutes, if I have more than one chute on I’m going to put my bucket on the ground, keep my valves closed, rinse the three or four chutes you’ve got on there, hang them up and then bring this to the flop over, it’s a very fast situation. I don’t have my hose hooked up yet. I’m going to wash all around, behind my hula skirt, get everything clean before I go upstairs. I’m going to hook up my hose, open my valve and lift my chute up to the highest position so the water can drain to a tank attached to the truck. I’m going to go upstairs, I’m going to wash down my fins, I’m going to wash everything from the unloading hopper and when I get back this bucket is going to be totally drained, you’re going to tilt to get that last bit of water out, shut off my valve and unhook my hose, take my bucket off and put it back in the rack and I’m done and ready to go down the road. Very fast process. We have a number of different types of tanks for different kinds of trucks. So we have some pictures here that might show you that. The top picture here is called a platform tank. So they really don’t have any room behind their fenders, but they have room on that. So this is a flat tank that sits there. This one happens to be on Lafarge up in Canada, up in Fort McMurray and it’s insulated so the water doesn’t freeze. And that’s a holding tank, you can see the 90 degree up on top, the valve and those plugs allow any sediment that gets built up in there to be taken. Down below is what we call a fender tank and that tank actually has a rack that holds up the fender. So we take off a portion of the fender and put our tank in that area it fits kind of tight and you can see by the bucket that they bucket is higher than the tank and the water goes right in. Over here is another configuration. This one right here is called our flat tank 9-legged tank and it lays right on top of a fender, very easy to put on. Again you see the inlet on top and the valve on the bottom and the clean out on the right. You can see the whole situation there is the bucket’s higher than the tank, it drains and it’s drained by the time you get down. You can also see in the picture about an inch of aggregate that was left in that. When you get back to the plant you’re going to have water in the tank and you might have aggregate in the bucket. As you can see by the bucket we have a screen inside. So what happens with this is the rock and sand is going to stay here, this shield here makes sure that when you’re washing all the water gets inside the bucket. When they get back to the plant, you can see that this rack is designed for the driver to get in and out. He’s going to have some aggregate left in his bucket when he gets back. What we suggest is that he loads and gets prepared for the next batch of concrete; he’s going to go to an area where you wash out the truck, it’s a perfect area to get rid of this waste because you have a pit at this place. So, you’re going to come and leave this laying inside the rack, then you’re going to hit with a hose and all the aggregate is going to come out and that’s going to go into the pit. And before he goes upstairs to clean his loading hopper, he’s simply going to open the valve, go upstairs clean out his loading hopper, come back down and shut off the valve. Open this up, get out any debris and hit it with a hose and it’s ready to go for the next round. That’s pretty much our product, it’s very simple, but a couple of things; our tanks are insulated so it’s like having an ice chest on the truck, we’ve had them up in Edmonton for a couple of years and they’re working great, the water comes back as water and not frozen. Our buckets are very, very durable and made to last. They’re designed with drivers’ safety in mind, come out; hold it tight to the body, again a handle here, if they want to empty the aggregate then it’s a system like that, but what I like most about it is that I drove for twenty years and I wanted to make sure that two things: nothing leaked out so I have a valve on it and when I carry the bucket it’s right at the right height and when I put it in the rack it’s at the right height, so that we don’t have any driver injuries as they are using our product. Creteheads, awesome piece of machinery, Les thanks for a great demo on the Washout Watchdog. If you guys want to learn more about the Washout Watchdog go to washoutwatchdog.com or check it out at our website at maconcrete.com and of course we love you at concreteanswers.tv. See you!
May 31st, 2012