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|Customer Stories - Bitumill|
month’s customer story focuses on Bitumill, a civil works company
in Melbourne, Australia. I spoke to Matt Graham who I've known for 20
years. Matt's fleet consists of 7 large Milling/Profiling Machines,
Paving, Stabilizing, Road Sweeping, Truck and Bobcat fleets..
Schibeci Products: Pickup Broom, RM350 and Cutter Drum
History with Schibeci: Purchased 1st Schibeci Cutter Drum in August 2003.
Territory: Melbourne, Australia.
think the drum is a great idea. The blocks don't break off like other
drums and the tool holders wear the same throughout the life of the
drum. Other cutter drums wear at different rates. So the Schibeci drum
maintains a healthy pattern throughout the life of the drum."
Matt said he would be happy to speak to anyone about Schibeci Products and service... Thanks Matt.
|Job of the Month|
September's job of the month is a ripper (Australian colloquial term meaning "good"). It was sent to me from our US distributor, Mark Wetherell. He took a Power Profiler 2500 to a demonstrate tile removal on a job site and had great success. Here is the email he sent me:
|The Newspaper Article...|
floor to shine with Aussie facelift
Photo/Jennifer Coombes Contractors remove the brick floor at the west
end of the Quincy Mall Wednesday night. Fischer Builders of Quincy is
the general contractor, but an Australian milling machine, owned by a
Las Vegas man, is being used to break up the floor into small pieces,
and a West Virginia company is vacuuming the debris.
Workers expect progress to reach the Quincy Mall 3 Cinemas on the mall's east end by Sunday.
By David Adam
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The original brick floor that was installed when the Quincy Mall opened in 1978 is being replaced, and a mall official says shoppers won't have to deal with restricted hours or dust-covered stores during the process, which is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Greg Fischer of Fischer Builders, general contractor for the project, says demolition of a floor the size of the one in the mall would typically take between two and three months. However, an Australian milling machine, similar to those used on road grading projects, will cut that time to barely two weeks.
A Schibeci power profiler, designed for bulk removal of concrete and ceramic tiles, has a rotating drum with 40 carbide bits that cuts the floor into pieces about the size of a quarter or a dime.
"We projected about nine weeks for a crew of six to do this, but we'll have this done in two — plus, no one will get hurt, and there will be no dust," Fischer said.
Work on the floor began Monday and is being done in the overnight hours when the mall is closed to shoppers, usually beginning around 9:30 p.m.
"Access to stores won't be blocked at any time," said Roger Pittman, mall manager. "Probably the worst thing (shoppers will) deal with is a bare concrete floor for a short time. It's the only way a project like this can be done."
The brick floor will be replaced by a ceramic tile that Pittman says will be much brighter and smoother, noting that workers should begin laying the new tile by the end of the month.
"It's going to be similar to what we did in the JC Penney's and Bergner's courts a few years ago," said Pittman, who declined to say what the current project costs. "It hasn't been cheap."
Fischer said he first learned about the Schibeci while searching the Internet, and he then contacted Mark Weatherell, a distributor in Las Vegas.
"There are only six of them in the United States, and they're fast becoming judged the best way to get rid of large quantities of ceramic tile or floor tile," Fischer said.
Other contractors who also put in a bid for the floor demolition job have been coming to the mall late at night to see the Schibeci at work.
"I've had this same conversation with about 10 contractors, and I've told them all to come on over and watch," Fischer said. "Quincy can be your host for an evening of education."
The crushed floor is being cleaned up by Summit Environmental Services, an asbestos abatement contractor from West Virginia. A hose about eight inches in diameter sends the debris to a vacuum truck and a neatly sealed vessel.
Fischer says Summit also has crews now working at the Pentagon and White House. Pittman says the floor removal is just part of the upkeep on a building that is nearing the end of its third decade.
"We've done a lot of roof and parking lot work, and we put in new heating and air conditioning units three years ago, but this is the most visible thing shoppers will see," he said. "Once we get done with the floor, we'll look at the walls around the fountain.
"In a place like this, just about every year, we have some kind of project going on to update. Most of them are on a lot smaller scale."
Contact News Coordinator David Adam at email@example.com or +1 (217) 221-3376
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