See Our Custom Concrete-Busting Bucket in Action

Every now and then, one of our customers will approach us with a unique challenge that requires a bit of creative problem solving to overcome. Recently, a Houston-based company called Southern Crushed Concrete, Inc. came to us with just such a challenge.

This company tears up paved concrete and hauls it to one of its local recycling plants, where it can be crushed and reused as base material. The customer was doing its demo work with a standard ESCO XDP bucket on a 30 ton class excavator. Unfortunately, repeated pounding on concrete surfaces was causing the lifting eye on the back of the bucket to wear out. The company’s equipment manager – Mr. David Hooker was looking for another possible solution other than using a hydraulic hammer to tear up the concrete.

With Mr. Hooker’s experience and suggestions we collaborated with the engineers at ESCO’s bucket division in Covington, Kentucky to develop a customized bucket that could crush concrete without destroying itself in the process. ESCO replaced the standard lifting eye with a heavy-duty spike that’s better-suited for demolition work. ESCO also installed ESCO’s Kwik-Wing® Shrouds into the sides of the bucket and added wear shoes to the corners. They also added support to the back of the bucket with additional wear strips. The end result is a powerful, durable bucket that perfectly meets the needs of our customer. Now, they are retrofitting their old buckets with the Kwik-Wing® Shroud System and ordering new buckets that include the spike.

We think the results speak for themselves. Check out the video below to see the custom bucket bust up a concrete parking lot without breaking a sweat.

Bucyrus Blades Branding Announcement

At the end of last year, ESCO sent out a communication that ESCO Corporation is taking the Bucyrus Blades brand back into the global market. This letter is an update to that communication. Two key elements are the development of an all-new Bucyrus Blades logo (shown below) and our fully integrated presence in the ESCO booth at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017


Dan Carson, North American Sales Director of Bucyrus Blades sent this announcement:

We invite our customers to visit them in the Central Hall, ESCO booth C-20505. We also encourage you to stop in to review new and existing products, meet their sales and management staff, and learn more about their exciting plans for the Bucyrus Blades brand.

As a reminder, following is a recap of the previous communication.

  1. Bucyrus Blades is still an ESCO Company, and the Bucyrus Blades brand will show this with the addition of “an ESCO Company” to the brand and logo.
  2. All blade products will carry the new Bucyrus Blades logo, with transition of blade products from the ESCO logo beginning by the end of Q1 2017. Blade products will be yellow.
  3. Bucyrus Blades will bring back the cast DRP GET line starting in 2017. This product will be green.
  4. All product literature will be rebranded Bucyrus Blades and will be formatted in the original Bucyrus Blades Blue, same as the new logo above.
  5. Their sales staff will identify themselves as Bucyrus Blades, their business cards, and other presentation materials will reflect the new Bucyrus Blades brand.
  6. Bucyrus Blades promotional materials will be available through your distributor.

Please contact Texas Contractors Equipment, Inc.  or ESCO  for any questions concerning Bucyrus Blades, an ESCO Company.


Construction Crews Prepare for Autonomous Trucks

Construction Crews Prepare for Autonomous TrucksSelf-driving vehicles might still seem like pretty futuristic pieces of technology, but within a few short years they could become commonplace—even on construction sites. This year, Florida’s transportation department launched a pilot program that uses autonomous trucks to make highway construction sites safer.

The trucks were designed and developed by Royal Truck & Equipment, a Pennsylvania-based specialty vehicle manufacturer.

They were designed to be outfitted with truck-mounted attenuators (TMA), which are rolling crash barriers that follow highway construction crews and protect them from collisions with passing vehicles. TMAs can make construction sites safer for motorists and construction crews, but in doing so they put the driver of the truck in danger. That’s why Florida’s transportation department wants to replace TMA drivers with robots.

“Any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation and, if the vehicle’s struck there’s nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injuries, that’s measuring success,” said Royal Truck President Robert Roy in an interview.

TMA trucks are also ideal test beds for autonomous vehicle technologies because they drive slowly in pre-determined paths.

As driverless vehicle platforms improve over time, they’ll likely be adopted into more complex roles as well. Paving companies, for example, could potentially safe an enormous amount of time and money by using driverless vehicles to accomplish tasks like rolling freshly-laid asphalt and painting lines on roadways. Eventually, we may even see autonomous bulldozers and cranes on construction sites.

Recently, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced that the state would begin testing self-driving 18-wheelers on a stretch of Route 33 as well. At this rate, it’s just a matter of time until self-driving trucks find their way into the consumer market and onto a construction site near you.

ESCO General Purpose Buckets for Wheel Loaders

ESCO CorporationESCO – (Electric Steel Company) based in Portland, Oregon with manufacturing sites all around the world, since 1913 the privately help company designs and manufactures products for many types of applications for example: ground engaging tools for construction, mines, dredging, crushing, conveying, and rigging.  They also provide design and manufacturing drilling tools for the oil and gas industries.

As a dealer for them for the past 30 some years we have been very impressed with the innovation of ESCO in their new designs and new products.


The engineers at ESCO have now come out with a competitive line of General Purpose Buckets for Wheel Loaders.esco-gp-loader-bucket

The GP Bucket features reinforcement plates and AR400 wear protection in the high wear areas of the bucket.  Standard items for this bucket is a spill guard, bolt-on skid plates, bolt-on replaceable cutting edge and can be mounted with a direct connection or use a quick couple connection.

NOTE: ESCO GP bucket edge(s) comes with the corresponding OEM bolt pattern unless otherwise specified.


The Wheel Loader class is from 10 to 50 metric tons.  ESCO so far has made buckets for Cat, Komatsu, Deere, and Volvo.  When more become available Esco will announce it.

esco-gp-side-view-loader-bucketWHY SHOULD YOU UPGRADE TO ESCO ?

If you want reliable service from the bucket it is manufactured with precision.

To ensure performance and long life they use premium materials.

Want more production, their design is optimal.

And for safety, the maintenance on this bucket is reduced.



How Can The Kennametal ROAD KING™ Milling Tools Help You ?

You may be wondering how this title of this post will help you ?  First off these words are very common in the construction industry.  As many of you know when your asphalt roads become too rough or pot-holed you get pretty angry because it is tearing up your vehicle.  So your state, county, or city highway departments decide to have the area contractors bid on re-doing these roads.



Once all the paperwork is signed and the contractors comes out with his large milling machine and starts to tear your road up.  This process is called Milling.  Under the machine is a drum which has anywhere from 100-250 milling bitsMilling bits are the wear items but also do the most important thing on the machine and that’s cut, pulverize, and break up the asphalt.







Kennametal was founded in 1938 by Philip M. McKenna in the Latrobe, Pennsylvania area and is today a global leader in the design and manufacture of engineered components, advanced materials, and cutting tools with a worldwide of over 12,000 employees.  Kennametal is always looking for ways to help the milling contractors increase his wear life on his bits and help his bottom line of his profit sheet.


Kennametal’s newest milling bit has customers excited over what these bits are providing them.  With its wider body diameter provides enhanced holder protection and its new tip design stays sharp longer which allows a more efficient milling operation.


There are some different applications and so Kennametal has 3 types of Road King bits available:

  1. Road King – Mainly used for cutting asphalt, some concrete has a shank size of .765″
  2. Stabiliser – Mainly used for cutting and stabilising the ground has a shank size of .865″
  3. Attachment King – Mainly used for larger cutting machines and some drilling applications has a shank size of 1″

If you wish to see more of this new milling bit please visit our New Products page at


Happy Halloween

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October 31 night, the eve of All Saints’ Day also known as All Hallows’ Eve.  To see how far back this tradition of Halloween went back in our past it was in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain that started some 2,000 years ago in the place we now call Ireland, the United Kingdom , and some northern parts of France.  Back then the people believed that if they pay homage to the deceased they would be returned to the earth. This was done by lighting bonfires, offering sacrifices in fact the people would disguise themselves in costumes made out of skins of animals to scare the phantom type visitors.  In later centuries people would dress up as ghosts, goblins, demons, or other types of creatures performing tricks or other such shenanigans for food or drink. This custom dates back to the Middle Ages and was thought to be the predecessor of trick or treating.

As time went on the tradition of Halloween would change from paying homage to violence or even destructive type of behavior.  When World War II came around the tradition of giving candy out had to be shutdown as sugar was on the list of rationing.  Trick or treating on Halloween night came back into tradition after the post wars and the baby boom era along with the newly built suburbs.  Companies that made the candies now launch campaigns of advertising this tradition with today the United States people spending in excess of 5 billion dollars yearly on anything that has to do with Halloween for example costumes, candy, decorations, and party materials making this the number two largest commercial holiday

In today’s world it is predominately celebrated by children and some adults who dress in costume to ask for candy or treats door-to-door from their neighbors and friends. Be careful as the ghosts and goblins of yesterday year may come upon you on this night.


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