Portland Road and Driveway is a family owned and operated construction company in Portland, Oregon. Owners Tom and Amanda Bright had been struggling with very specific crushing demands, not only for their recycling tasks but also for quarrying concerning materials, safety requirements and grains size. Founded in 1947, Portland Road and Driveway focuses on all aspects of construction, including excavation, grading, rocking, storm water management, demolition and asphalt paving. Owners Tom and Amanda Bright also produce aggregate materials in their sand and gravel quarry, where they needed to crush round basalt: a real challenge for any machine. With RUBBLE MASTER they found a like-minded partner.
Looking for a solution in Las Vegas
At the CONEXPO convention, during a course on construction recycling practices for small demolition and site contractos, Tom first heard of a portable crusher from RUBBLE MASTER, which led him to visit the RM booth. Tom and Amanda soon became familiar with RM and their product line and realized that RM’s approach to business was very much like their own, both companies focusing on customer service, striving to be a reliable business partner offering professionalism, integrity, open communication, honesty and fairness.
From decision to purchase – the RM Xperience
After months of analyzing financial data, getting the opinion of an objective contractor, they narrowed their search down. Tom and Amanda were desperate to find a machine that was able to crush asphalt, concrete and round basalt as well. Understanding the importance of this, RM took samples of their basalt to Linz, Austria and began to work on options for them. Shortly after that the Brights made the decision to attend the RM Xperience Days (more about the event on page 16) in Linz, Austria. “Once we hit Linz airport, we had been given itineraries that ensured an equal balance of sightseeing and work. At the RM factory it became apparent that the outstanding RM design applied to more than just their crushers. The RM Headquarters is an impressive achievement all on its own.” Tom Bright reveals his first impressions. At the RM Xperience Days, it was Tom’s first time to see an RM crusher in live operation. “To say we were impressed is an understatement.” He left Austria three days later as a proud new owner of a new RM 100GO!.
Post purchase and training
Once the equipment arrived in Portland, RM Service Manager Scott Price and Sales Manager Franz Niedermeier taught the crews about the crusher and scalping plant. Their primary goal was to teach and then step aside. This way the RM team quickly prepared the crews to be independent while making sure that they had their phone numbers if they needed anything. “With their help, we have been able to crush concrete and rock meeting Oregon Department of Transportation specifications for ¾” – 0” and 1 ½” – 0” – something we have never been able to do!” Amanda Bright tells about one of their biggest achievements. After a short time in use the RM machines have already proven tremendously cost effective: “Everything is very well engineered and well thought-out, from simple hammer and screen changing to a multitude of crusher settings. The RM 100GO! is designed to do one thing very well – crush,” she adds.
RM meets all safety requirements
The RM 100GO! even meets the high safety requirements of the Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA. At an unplanned inspection the inspector stated that the machine was the first one ever with no objections, pointing out the built-in safety features of the machines. “To say that we are pleased with our purchases would be an understatement. These machines have changed not only our bottomline, but our outlook on how we build projects. We can’t wait to see where we go from here.”
Our crushers in action
The RM 100GO! is a high-performance mobile crusher for high volume producers. It excels in recycling as well as hard-rock applications. Weighing only 75,000 lbs. it crushes up to 275 TPH with an extremely fuel efficient diesel-electric drive.
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