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Case Study: Easier access for difficult, high altitude construction sites


September 2, 2020
By MB Crusher

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Accessing mountain roads in the middle of a forest is sometimes impractical, and without public trails, it’s practically impossible. And even if often the sole way is to reach the peak is by foot.

Let’s think how difficult it is for companies that need to make or maintain the forestry trails. Image the challenges they must face to reach their location with the proper equipment for the job, while maintaining low operating costs, and without impacting the forest’s resources. They need to plan a project while adhering to their budget and environmental laws. Usually, these jobs are necessary and need to be completed quickly to avoid natural disasters like landslides, or to open resorts in time for the season.

To overcome all the challenges it’s crucial to rely on simple, versatile, and fast equipment.

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MB Crusher said its attachments open the road for companies who use them: they can be installed on and transported with the machinery you plan to use for the project and can adapt to any job site to process material.

When the road isn’t there

Reaching the job site is the first expense and obstacle to consider, especially if the location is in an isolated area with limited or no access. Bigger machines require expensive, specialized transportation difficult to obtain for similar projects. By mounting an MB crusher bucket on a piece of equipment, the unit is transported with your machinery, avoiding expensive transportation methods.

This is what the forestry department in Nevada did, they re-surfaced the firebreaks roads by using the MB crusher bucket to process and recycle granite and river rock. By using the unit, the department eliminated all material hauling costs, this process helps save millions of dollars a year from transportation cost and also it reduces the invasive species and other type of minerals that were trucked in the past to do this type of jobs.

Separating and selecting dirt is the a crucial point when constructing trails: a common solution is to haul the material up and down the mountain. You can get rid of this step with MB Crusher’s units. MB’s screening buckets can access all construction sites and screen material on the spot.

This happened on a job site in Canada’s forests where they built a path leading to a residential area using the soil and rock screened with an MB-S10 screening bucket. Not only did they eliminate all hauling fees, but also followed all environmental protocols by using material available at the location.

A similar situation happened in Serbia, where the SrbljaSume state department – which is dedicated to constructing and maintaining all forest trails – is using the BF90.3 crusher bucket on an excavator. This MB unit is crushing basalt that will be used as road base to either construct or to preserve existing roads.

A company in northern Italy had a similar project: to create a scenic path that leads into a forest. With the BF90.3 mobile crusher, they processed natural stone and rocks and managed harder materials with ease. Everything was efficiently done on site. The same thing happened in another region, Friuli Venezia Giulia, where a larger crusher bucket model, the BF120.4, arrived at a construction site in the mountains, despite it being difficult to reach.

Mountain trails aren’t solely used for hiking. In the winter, snow transforms these locations into renowned ski resorts. These ski resorts have to be ready before the season officially starts, meaning that a quick turnaround is necessary. In Austria, a BF120.4 crusher bucket followed the ski slopes’ route, while crushing limestone and using it as base material.