What Barrel should you choose
The Barrel you are after should suit the criteria that you work within. Evaluate the checklist below for the essential features in your Barrel selection that you should tick off before you buy: –
- The Barrel and mixing capacity should closely suit your loading & mixing environment – it should be capable of
standing up to the rigors of the average meterage that you will push through week after week.
- The construction type should be of high-quality steel (Rheemalloy) OR Hardox – dependent on the work
environment it operates in and the life of the barrel that you require.
- What is the condition of the Centre-band – is it wear-resistant?
- Does the Barrel come with mesh topping on the Blades – with a light concrete filling over time and washouts?
Mesh gives extra foundation to the mixing blade and acts to stop the blades splitting.
- Are the Blades formed in one or press-formed for extra strength; or do they require flights? For press-formed
blades you save any re-flighting cost and inconvenience – which you could face every year or two.
- Are the welds around the Track Ring of high-quality weld finish – to protect against barrel split issues
- Is the Dished End (where the Gearbox connects to the Barrel) reinforced or does it have an internal chamber for
double re-inforcing that will act against any crushing effect that could compromise the integrity of your Barrel?
Method of Design & Construction
The construction type of your Barrel should be based on an essential design construct through to manufactured Barrel finish that determines the quality of your Barrel and therefore it’s likely life-span. The construction of Barrel cannot be understated.
If a design element in the construction of your Barrel doesn’t incorporate optimal mix uniformity, enabled by blade design and manufactured to meet the Australian Standard AS 1379-1991, then you will be getting a Barrel that doesn’t meet the high standards of design/construction and one that will not give you the guarantee to continue to pump out a long life, especially when under heavy load.
Mix Issues resulting from poor design
Often in the buy process the method of design/construct is an essential point of difference in Barrel design & construction that sometimes gets lost to a straight price comparison factor – this can lead to lower Barrel life with less mixing uniformity. You really aren’t comparing apples with apples (even through one may look as much like an apple as another)! You may have heard or experienced Balling – that’s where the product, particularly high-density mixes just won’t mix and “balls up” in a coagulated mass. This is a direct result of poor blade design and the only solution is a complete re-blade to a superior-designed blade system – such as Cesco’s pressed blades as a solution to another manufacturer’s previous poor blade design and Barrel fabrication.
Type of Barrel
You should choose the type of Barrel to suit the demands of your mixing environment – both now and also as importantly what it may turn out to be in the next 2-3 years – capacity-wise. This is an equally as important a consideration as is the design/construct method of manufacture of your Barrel. It is a sad reflection on some Barrel design types that we know of that some Barrels have been constructed from mild steel only. This will severely limit your barrel life and you should specify the highest steel grade of manufacture from the supplier.
When you are looking for the best type of Barrel, founded on engineered design & construct method you should look for one offering one of the highest steel gradings. Cesco Barrels are manufactured from such a high-grade steel – K1042 Rheemalloy and are manufactured at our company manufacturing operations works, constructed exclusively from Australian-produced BHP Steel. This means that you will be guaranteed a superb Barrel, manufactured from the highest-grade steel available and importantly designed for an optimal mix operation to give you the longest-life barrel available on the market. Cesco also features one of the best innovations in light weight steel design with our Hardox Barrel range, that boasts weight savings of 200kgs – 300kgs pending barrel size.
One of Cesco Australia’s most impressive and exclusive competitive advantage is its world-first pressed blade system design. In fact, Cesco Barrels are the only ones in the industry with a world-first pressed blade system design. There is no need therefore to replace flights after 1-2 years as is common-place for most other Barrels. The Cesco Barrel is manufactured inclusive of 8 specific blade segments to complete the unique blade system – it provides a precise pitch and spiral to meet the toughest specifications and achieve efficient mixer quality. NB: We can guarantee mix uniformity
up to 50mm slump.
Ask us about NO DEPOSIT FINANCE PLAN for your next barrel
Obligation-Free Quote – Plans available from 3 to 5 years
Don’t forget – Last chance to register for the government’s instant capital write-off before the financial year closes off. Now you can replace your Barrel – for any mixer type with a Cesco Barrel. Ask us about Cesco’s NO DEPOSIT finance plan that will allow small business Agi owners to conveniently pay off their Barrel over 36 or 60 monthly payments.
Contact us now for an obligation-free Quote on our Barrel No Deposit Repayment Plan: –
Brian (07) 3908 6032 – Murarrie, Qld
Bernie (03) 9796 4977 – Hallam, Victoria
Ray M: 0419 566 588 – Sydney, NSW