Gary Ashe took a short drive to Nutts Corner, Co. Antrim to check out a soil stabilisation project undertaken by Ballycastle-based McCormick Soil Tec.

In Nutts Corner, Co. Antrim there is an interesting soil stabilisation project being tackled by Ballycastle-based McCormick Soil Tec. I spoke to Garreth Mc Cormick about the job.“We have four excavators (three Volvos and an Hitachi 350), two 30 tonne Doosan dump trucks and a Cat D6 dozer, all of which are Leica GPS enabled on the site,” he tells me.

“The Volvos are from Pat O’Donnell, the Hitachi is from TBF Thompson, the Doosan dump trucks were bought second hand from Alan Miller and the Leica systems are from Innovate NI.

“We are also running two mixers and two spreaders on the job,” adds Garreth. “Both of the mixers for the stabilising are FAE, one of them is on a 8S Massey and the other is on a Claas Xerion.

So then we have two Struemaster spreaders, one runs on lime and the other cement and both are pulled by Massey Fergusons from John McElderry dealership.

Both the mixers and spreaders come from Continental Soil technologies in the UK. We also have a Bomag roller from TBF Thompsons.”

The site is going to be a chilled food distribution warehouse and Mc Cormick is prepping the ground, the drainage and car parking area and lorry parking.

Soil stabilisation

The Struemaster spreaders are from the TA model series and are mounted on a single-axle trailer that can be towed by all standard tractor types.
The binder is metered and spread by means of a large, hydraulically driven spreading auger.

Continuously variable adjustment of the spread rate and the metering unit integrated into the spreading auger ensure uniform and precise binder discharge. A pneumatic filling device on both sides, left and right, ensures quick and efficient filling of the binder container.

The FAE stabilisers for tractors from 300 to 500 hp has a fixed-rotor system and high productivity, providing stable and strong performance even on very hard ground with stones.
The STABI/FRS can be used on small work sites as well as for major infrastructural work, such as on highways, parking lots and airports.

The protruding rotor facilitates stabilisation at depth with minimal power absorption. The crushing chamber makes it possible to work the ground to a depth of 50 cm, ensuring an excellent mixing quality. The solid frame and use of wear-resistant materials provide excellent reliability over time.

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