Concrete Products

MAY 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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42 • May 2018 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS A premier ready mixed concrete and sand & gravel source in the Pacific Northwest's Columbia Basin region, American Rock Products has operations in Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Walla Walla, and Prosser, Wash., plus Hermiston and Boardman, Ore. The producer covers the full range of concrete orders, from small flatwork jobs to 50,000-yd. heavy-civil contracts. American Rock was an early adopter of the T880S, a set-forward forward axle Kenworth Truck rolled out in early 2017 as successor to the W900S. The producer has thus far deployed four T880S-mounted McNeilus mixers and a T880S super dump. "Drivers love the T880S," says Fleet Maintenance Manager Wade Blagg. "The driveability, ride, vision and operator comfort are awesome. I'd have a war on my hands if I tried to pull drivers out of those trucks." With daily deliveries to a broad customer base, most loads are within 25 miles of an American Rock plant. In more remote northern Oregon market areas, trucks might travel as far as 60 or 70 miles. "We run all Paccar MX-13 engines," notes Blagg, reflecting on what has been an exclusive, 510 hp-rated power spec for three years. "They save us weight and money on both our mixers and super dumps. With the right horsepower, torque and correct gearing, the truck doesn't have to work as hard and that means a little better fuel mileage, too." "There's more headroom, visibility is better and the T880S rides great," affirms American Rock Driver Justin Hardin. "I'm not a small guy, so the extra roominess inside the cab makes a big difference for me. Along with the clutch assist on the 9-speed Eaton transmission, it's easier to push in, so there's less fatigue at the end of the day." With a quality truck like the T880S, drivers tend to appreciate their equipment more and take better care of it, Blagg affirms, adding: "When employees are happy, they're successful, and so are we." — American Rock looks forward with Kenworth T880S spec Recent arrivals in the fleet based at American Rock Products' Pasco, Wash., headquarters plant are a Kenworth T880S-mounted McNeilus Bridgemaster mixer and a super dump. The set-forward axle T880S serves the weight distribution and payload specs of bridge formu- la-bound ready mixed producers.

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