Written by Shane Kroeker
A world leader in the aggregate industry with a rock-solid foundation of heritage, identified the need to introduce cutting edge equipment in the efficient transportation of quarried limestone. Texas Crushed Stone Co (TCS) was established in 1947, and is headquartered in Georgetown to serve the aggregate needs of Texas and Louisiana for road base, under slab fill, & concrete ingredients. The quarry spans approximately 7,500 acres and is considered the state’s largest.
In March of 2014, TCS owner Bill Snead and his son Kent traveled to ConExpo 2014 in Las Vegas, NV to investigate the latest equipment on the market. Located outside of the North Hall Entrance was a piece of machinery that caught their eye. K-Tec Earthmovers had unveiled a new 43 cubic yard scraper model attached to a Volvo Articulated Dump Truck chassis. K-Tec’s 1243ADT scraper was a logical fit with TCS as the units can transport, dump, and level the stone all by themselves. Additionally, the large capacity of the scraper would mean less trips around the quarry. These efficiencies would surely save the company considerable costs on labor, fuel, and equipment maintenance expenses.
Texas Crushed Stone now owns two 1243ADT scraper units, which are pulled by Volvo 40Ton ADT’s. The trucks drive underneath a system of overhead bins and position the scrapers underneath a bin chute. Up to 3 inch diameter crushed limestone is released, and fills up a 43 cubic yard heap inside the scraper bowl. The trucks then travel up to 30mph to carry the limestone across the quarry for further processing.
Texas Crushed Stone’s was able to use K-Tec’s scraper machine innovations to their advantage. This forward-thinking outlook aims to propel the company for continued success in the next 50 years and beyond.