After marking 10 yrs. of servicing the concrete industry with the Washout Watchdog, we heard from many drivers and clients over the years who wanted an even simpler solution to wash out. This gave us an Idea.
The Bulldog Bucket is the answer. There is a snap-in lid that is removed during the washout and replaced during transit. The bucket rack is attached between the bumper and the mud flap and has an outrigger that allows the bucket to slide into position for washing out and back into the rack easily without lifting. It is perfect for pump jobs, but can also be used with a light wash on multiple chutes or in tandem with our tank system or an air pump. As an added bonus feature, the rack itself becomes a platform for the driver to stand to see better when unloading into a pump or a secure area of the bumper to stand on to assist during the wash out process.
Owner Les Connard says, “I was recently at a job site where the driver could not live with scrape and go process that the company negotiated with the contractor. He pulled down the street from the pump with a chute shutter secured to hold the concrete that was left in the chute and his chute raised as high as it could be raised to keep the concrete from pushing its way out on the way back to the plant. He began to wash his fins carefully, but some of the water fell into the raised chute and began to leak on the ground. I followed him for a number of blocks with slurry water dripping the entire time back to the plant.”
He continues, “The reason I came up with the bulldog bucket, is because I saw a lot of Ready Mixed companies instructing their drivers to ‘flop and go or scrape and go’ There are million reasons why this is a bad idea! My top three reasons are:
1. The truck is left with concrete all over the front and back of the fins, unloading hopper and chutes. The concrete is drying all the way back to the plant. Some companies are finding they have to chip their trucks every 60 days to keep up with the buildup.
2. I believe the buildup on the inside the truck puts the concrete producer at an enormous risk! Not only are they at risk of the truck being overweight and receiving huge tickets at the scales, but secondly the possibility of spilling on the way to the job is highly increased.
More importantly than either of these two issues is that if the buildup comes out while the driver is at a hard rock or boom pump, someone can be seriously injured or killed. At the recent NRMCA 2014 Concrete Works American Concrete Pumpers Association blocks the screen and the driver is on able to stop the pump in time. There is a very good chance that the man holding the end of the hose will be severely injured or killed. My fear is that someone was unnecessarily injured or killed and the responsibility for that will come back to the Concrete Producer. http://bit.ly/16NmiN
3. The loss of production time. We all know the answer to this one. Which is more difficult and time-consuming to spray off wet concrete or dry concrete.”
Les Connard’s promise: “I am always trying to make my product better, faster, and longer-lasting.”