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BTE-450 Tackles the Tough Jobs

BTE-450 Tackles the Tough Jobs

For a hi-rail machine that can tackle a range of maintenance jobs, look no further than the BTE-450 Hi-Rail Backhoe. The BTE-450 is engineered to utilize a number of BTE’s specialty attachments, such as undercutters and tampers. The 16-ton backhoe features an extended reach of more than 26 feet and a hydraulic hose reel with 50 feet of hose for use with hand tools. The BTE Tie Head or Tube Talon attachments work well on the BTE-450, as does the Culvert Cleaner attachment. Material handling is a breeze with the front bucket, which can carry up to 7,800 pounds. The BTE-450 can hi-rail to the jobsite, work from on or off the track, and tackle difficult railroad maintenance jobs. Contact BTE today at 636-937-0505.

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BTE Warming Up with NRC Conference and REMSA Exhibition

BTE Warming Up with NRC Conference and REMSA Exhibition

The BTE crew is leaving winter behind to kick off 2018 at the NRC Conference and REMSA Exhibition in sunny Los Angeles. Check out the powerful and versatile BTE-325 Hi-Rail Excavator and BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer.  Rick Hill, Joe Smith, and Matt Weyand will be shining the spotlight on the hottest new innovations from BTE. Shake off those winter blues and join BTE at Booth 711 on January 10-13!

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BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer Turns Manual to Mechanical

BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer Turns Manual to Mechanical

Increase productivity and safety on the jobsite with the BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer (HRSS). The HRSS is specially engineered by BTE to perform numerous tasks, from bridges to rail yards, maintenance to new construction. Featuring six BTE attachments, the HRSS is ready to take on any job. With the BTE Bridge Drill attachment, one operator can simultaneously drill holes in bridge timbers for J-Hook and lag screw installation, replacing the need for drilling holes by hand. The BTE E-Clip Applicator and the BTE Safelock Clip Applicator attachments safely apply and remove four clips simultaneously on automated cycles. The BTE Trak Spyder Tool Carrier attachment can carry four hydraulic hand tools at once, and features a Hose Containment system to eliminate tripping hazards. The BTE Rail Saw attachment cuts through rail in under a minute, and the saw guard contains sparks. The newest attachment is the BTE Spike Puller, which enables the HRSS to pull two spikes at once on an automated system. To further increase functionality, the HRSS can also use traditional Skid Steer attachments. To talk with a BTE sales engineer about a Hi-Rail Skid Steer, call 636-937-0505 today!

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BTE Teams with Class I to Prepare to Haul Coal

BTE Teams with Class I to Prepare to Haul Coal

Ballast Tools Equipment is known for its innovative hi-rail equipment and machines, but in Shelocta, Pennsylvania recently, a BTE-323 excavator could be found in the woods and pastures. The BTE-323, fixed with the BTE Mulcher attachment, is helping clear the way for a Class I railroad to rehabilitate an abandoned railway. The abandoned rail spur runs to a coal facility, and the railroad is taking the initial steps toward getting the 6-mile line into tiptop shape again.  Once the line is ready, the railroad plans to run trains and start generating valuable coal revenue. 

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BTE Bridge Excavator Increases Productivity and Safety

BTE Bridge Excavator Increases Productivity and Safety

Ballast Tools Equipment has the machines for bridge maintenance. The BTE-308E2 Bridge Excavator provides a fast and safe platform for handling many bridge maintenance tasks. The Bridge Excavator is equipped with innovative Roller Rail Clamps to keep the machine secured to the rails during bridge work. It also features a unique Track Jack system that allows the operator to jack the rails up off the ties, all from the safety of the operator’s cab. BTE’s proprietary PLC control system gives an increased level of safety to operators while performing necessary bridge maintenance tasks. The Bridge Excavator quickly removes and inserts bridge ties, walkway ties, and caps. It replaces bridge ties up to 7x times faster than manual methods, and features a full line of available attachments, including tie head, bolt biter, and tamper. For innovative bridge maintenance solutions, contact BTE today at 636-937-0505.

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BTE’s Bridge Stabilizers Save Time and Increase Safety

BTE’s Bridge Stabilizers Save Time and Increase Safety

Ballast Tools Equipment is ready for bridge maintenance projects, no matter the size. BTE offers bridge stabilizers for both timber and steel decks. The Bridge Stabilizer is an extremely effective tool for maintaining rail gauge and bridge alignment during the tie change-out process. The insulated gauge rod maintains proper rail gauge while machines are working on the rail. The scissor-style center frame can open and close as needed to accommodate different widths of stringer boards. The scissor frame’s extra-long design on the Timber Deck Bridge Rail Stabilizer allows the frame to slide up and down with the rails during the jacking process. The Steel Deck Bridge Rail Stabilizer features lower adjustable clamps that attach securely to the top flange of the bridge girders. The Bridge Stabilizer saves time by eliminating the need to realign the deck, all while providing an increased level of safety for the equipment operators during bridge maintenance operations. For your bridge maintenance needs, contact BTE today at 636-937-0505.

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BTE-450 Hi-Rail Backhoe For Difficult Track Maintenance Jobs

BTE-450 Hi-Rail Backhoe For Difficult Track Maintenance Jobs

Need a versatile machine for spot railroad maintenance? The BTE-450 is ready for the job! With the ability to hi-rail to the jobsite and work immediately, the powerful BTE-450 Hi-Rail Backhoe is the ideal solution for difficult and spot maintenance jobs. The BTE-450 is designed to work with BTE’s powerful attachments, such as undercutters, tampers, or tie heads, and can move on and off the rail with ease. The BTE-450E is the featured machine on buybteonline.com this month. Call 636-725-9978 for lease or purchase information.

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BTE “Tie Dragon” Makes Tie Handling Faster, Safer, and More Efficient

BTE “Tie Dragon” Makes Tie Handling Faster, Safer, and More Efficient

Ballast Tools Equipment (BTE) has a tie handler to fit all of your rail maintenance needs. BTE’s lineup consists of handlers capable of moving up to seven ties at a time. The Four-Tie Concrete Tie Unloader, or Tie Dragon, is ideal for smaller machines. The one pictured is heading out to a customer to be placed on an M320F wheeled excavator. The four-tie handler/spacer weighs only 4,700 pounds. It’s equipped to handle and space concrete ties efficiently, with the ability to grab the ties from the very ends of a bulkhead flat car and grab ties out of a gondola car. As with all of the BTE Tie Dragons, it requires rotation for use, and can be paired with a Rototilt attachment from BTE. BTE’s assortment of tie handlers all feature tough urethane gripper pads to securely hold the ties in place without chipping or cracking them, saving the ties from damage. To see how a BTE Tie Dragon can increase your productivity, contact BTE today!

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BTE’s On-Site Customer Service

BTE’s On-Site Customer Service

Ballast Tools Equipment Account Manager Rick Hill recently visited a customer who had purchased three backhoes. Rick was able to put the machines into service and train the operators and backup operators. He said the machines were well received by the crews and worked well! BTE prides itself on outstanding customer service and support. We provide on-site installation services and operator training for all of our machines and attachments that we lease and sell. If you need support for any BTE equipment, or need to discuss a specific problem, call BTE at 636-937-0505.

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Apply and Remove E-Clips Safely and Efficiently with the BTE E-Clip Attachment

Apply and Remove E-Clips Safely and Efficiently with the BTE E-Clip Attachment

Increase productivity while reducing manual labor with the Ballast Tools Equipment E-Clip Attachment. The attachment effectively applies Pandrol E-Clips, eliminating the need for workers to drive them on by hand. The BTE E-Clip Attachment can simultaneously apply or remove all four clips on a tie. The attachment features an automated clipping/declipping cycle for rapid E-Clip removal and installation. Increase your productivity and safety with the BTE E-Clip Attachment, available for the BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer. Contact us today!

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BTE, BTI and QMP Will Exhibit at Railway Interchange 2017

BTE,  BTI and QMP Will Exhibit at Railway Interchange 2017

BTE & BTI are excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Railway Interchange show September 17-20 at Indianapolis! 

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California Contractor Hits 1K Record with New Tie Dragon

California Contractor Hits 1K Record with New Tie Dragon

One contractor in California wanted a quicker, easier way to replace concrete ties. In the U.S. alone, major railroads replaced a total of 15,063,539 ties in 2011. The more quickly this can be done, the better.

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