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Can you dig it? Electric Excavators?

February 10, 2010 by  
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We sent a CB Electric Excavator  ( CBEE  ) with hammer and two CB Electric Tracked Haulers (CBETH) to a project at a Gold’s Gym remodel where the general contractor was to excavate and install a swimming pool in the adjacent space in a strip mall outside DC .

The pool contractor started digging with a Bobcat skid steer and mini-excavator with exhaust scrubbers until the property owner was called and all excavation was stopped cold. The general contractor was about to be forced to do the digging by hand which they were not in a big hurry to do.

They called us to discuss our  CBETHs for hauling out the hand excavated  fill. The project manager was trying to retain a Brokk 180 for the digging and our CBETH  for hauling out. We talked for a little while and I asked how they were going to load the haulers.

After he mentioned the 180 I told him about a 180 owner ,who in a caption for a Youtube video ,stated that the Brokk although it did not dig well , it beat a shovel .  CLICK HERE TO SEE FOR YOURSELF.  Press “more info” in the description area underneath the user name.

I told him about the CBEE and went over some of our web videos and he decided to go with our methods ,since our electric excavators solved all of  his   excavation  problems at one time.


Size matters… sometimes…bigger electric excavator

February 1, 2010 by  
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Let’s face it, environmental restrictions are only going to get more strict in 2010.  An electric powered mini excavator may be a great alternative to costly manual labor on a fume restricted project.  The following contractor thought so.

A plumbing contractor used our CBEE2 in a pharmaceutical plant to dig out an acid drain . The plumbing contractor had rented a CBEE for the project but after digging 5 feet for a pipe that the facilities people said would be found at 4 feet, they needed more dig depth.

Enter the CBEE2!  A larger electric mini excavator with over 9 feet of dig depth. Needless to say, that phase of the project was taken care of easily . The CBEE2 availability for rentals  is limited at this time so please ask early if you think that it is required for your fume sensitive project.


no -brain (er)

May 26, 2009 by  
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I was talking to a plumbing contractor from Minnesota the other day and he was bidding a big box remodel that had several hundred feet of  excavating ,that had to be done fume -free . He figured 250 labor hours if the subgrade was good . He had his labor priced at $50.00 per hour . He also figured that if he could use an excavator on the job he could do it in 40 hours . Do the math - no-brainer ,right ? For this guy, yes for many others , no . For some strange reason smart contractors that would never use a shovel and a wheelbarrow outdoors ,will put laborers with shovels and wheelbarrows on projects inside buildings. Go figure. These people should not be ridiculed ,no , instead  they need our care and understanding .If you know one of these poor souls reach out to them and  lend them a helping hand by directing them to .com They will thank you for showing them the light. And if you are one of these lost souls, we have room for you too, and we will never judge you.


Fume- Free Future

February 22, 2009 by  
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A couple of years ago a dentist called us to look at an interior sawing job to correct some ”oops’s” on an inaccessible basement wall that had recently been poured . We did not end up doing the job ,but we were told a disturbing story by the homeowner. It seems as though when the “oops” happened ,the concrete contractor , a  normally reputable company decided to bring in a gas powered quick cut saw to make the needed cuts . The crew began their cutting and everything was going well until the kids upstairs started getting sleepy. The contractor for some reason did not warn the dentists wife and three small children upstairs, of the carbon monoxide risks associated with fossil fuel use indoors. The children as well as their mother had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital and placed in hyperbaric chambers overnight . That was a very expensive mental lapse for that contractor that could have yielded catastophic results.

August 8, 2001 25  people were rushed to local hospitals for treatment after being subjected to exhaust fumes from a concrete saw operated by a plumbing contractor at Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati , Ohio. Many of the affected shoppers had to spend the night in hyperbaric chambers to have their systems cleared out.  Can you imagine the cost of that treatment and ambulance rides for 25 people ? Some had to be transported to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 60 miles away for treatment. Can you imagine the legal liability ? Can you imagine what the outcome could have been ? Do you realize how easily this could have all been prevented ? Was this carelessness or was this negligence ?

We are using this as a lead in to a topic that I don’t hear discussed often enough… fumes generated during indoor sawing and excavating . For some reason sawing professionals will go in buildings and use  gas, LPG or diesel powered saws , as if they don’t generate carbon monoxide  and are perfectly safe, not true. When you use any equipment that burns fossil fuels of any type indoors you are putting your crews and everyone else in danger. Yeah I know a lot of what we do as contractors is fraught with risk, but some risks are just stupid.    Contractors and facility managers that continue to allow this practice are being at best remiss in their duties and at worst bordering on  negligence .

Just recently we were talking to a superintendent of a large hospital remodel ,about the use of our electric powered equipment on his project he at one point looked at me and said “scrubbers don’t work nobody likes them” (nobody- meaning hospital staff) Using scrubbers you are able to remove  some of the noxious smells , but not all of them. Face it if they smell anything at all , somebody’s gonna call .Why take the chance? You’ll never hear any one say “take the diesel units inside , they’ll get used to the smell! Not now nor ever again.

Fume-free electric powered equipment is the way to go and we know that our  current and future offerings will help you thrive in these trying times.

Catch the wave early and ride it for a long time. Call us now and let us show you how.


Construction Equipment: Diesel or Electric? Part 1

January 14, 2009 by  
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We received a call recently from a  concrete cutter who was interested in our CB Electric Excavator as well as our CB Electric Tracked Haulers. As we were discussing different aspects of the business and his operation he mentioned that all of his saw rigs were equipped with 480 3 phase generators and water tanks. I asked him what size diesel or gas saws that he had in addition to his electric saws ? His response took me by surprise , yet did not really surprise me. What I mean by that is that the efficiency of electric motors is well documented, some of the most powerful machines on earth are electric powered, but somehow overlooked – guess they’re just not sexy enough . He said that all he sawed with were electric  powered saws.He stated that he was not interested in gas or diesel powered saws period! I suppose that we in the construction industry have a lot of “Tim the Toolman” in us and we gotta have the smoke and noise of ponies at our disposal to feel like we’re “Gittin’ er done” .

This young man who shall remain nameless , pleasantly surprised me with his  clarity of thought and common sense .  He did a lot of indoor sawing where electric or hydraulic was required for air quality and safety reasons. He could saw inside as well as outside with electric saws , not so with diesel or gas or propane. Why spend the  money on equipment that you can only utilize on some of your jobs ? Now, before you guys say “thats the case with a lot of equipment ” I want to point out that he being a two rig operator, this made a great deal of sense to me , and obviously to him. He or his driver could leave the shop in the a.m , and not have to waste time and money  backtracking to get another saw. They could use  the electric saws  outdoors quite nicely.  The time lost by using a lower horsepower electric saw would easily be offset by the savings realized by not having to purchase and maintain a gas or diesel saw. 

Part 2 of this series coming soon.