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That Wonderful Volcanic Popcorn

VOLCANIC LAVA from the wastelands, of western America is being popped like popcorn to produce a material that can slash construction costs, cut heating bills and increase fire protection. In some forms, the volcanic popcorn promises to increase the storage space in your refrigerator, help place cheaper meat and fruit on your table and perform hundreds of industrial tasks. It even provides Hollywood movie makers with realistic dandruff for actors.

This new pearl-gray material is called perlite in both its raw and processed forms. It is n glassy volcanic lava known to man for thousands of years, but it took a metallurgist working in a little Arizona town to discover its unusual properties.

Since the beginning of time, the lava flows in our western lands have existed in the badlands, in the mountains and the desert. The badlands are like a close-up view of the moon, forbidding and lonely. Men in their search for minerals passed them by.

Perlite itself is so razor-edged it will cut a hiker’s boots to ribbons. It is too brittle and sharp for roadbeds. It is no wonder’ that the rattlesnake and the Gila monster had the perlite barrens to themselves.


Fatal Strike by Cement Hose

Bruce Mckean | 23rd November 2010 THE death of 56-year-old concrete business operator Greg Paterson after a workplace accident at Proserpine has resulted in warnings to the industry about the inherent dangers of “hose whip”, which is caused when compressed air builds up accidentally in pumping hoses. Gregory Clifford Paterson lived at Loganholme, in Brisbane, […]

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Spray Force Excalibur Hydra SR-2

The Spray Force Excalibur Hydra is revolutionizing the plaster pumping industry. Stemming from the industry’s leading plaster pump, the Excalibur, the Excalibur Hydra is the first and ONLY completely hydraulic plaster pump on the market. With its groundbreaking design, the Excalibur Hydra offers a number of improvements over a traditional plaster pump.

The Excalibur Hydra uses one 57HP diesel power plant for both the pump & mixer. The Excalibur Hydra uses an Automatic Self-Compensating “Smart System” to automatically adjust hydraulic oil flow to save fuel and reduce equipment wear & tear, not to mention the incredible safety advantages. No more blown hoses or bent pushrods. The equipment uses a high efficiency oil system to power the hydraulics and reduce maintenance costs. The equipment has fingertip speed control for both pump and mixer located on the side of the unit over an infinite operating range. No more manual changing of gears as speed change is as simple as a turn of the dial. With a completely hydraulic system, the equipment maintains maximum horsepower throughout various RPM levels giving you the ability to pump and mix even the toughest materials. A full spout Powermix 1010 mixer with right-hand dump is utilized to eliminate splash and reduce jobsite cleanup.