Custom drums for challenging pours

By Jenny LescohierJanuary 22, 2021

A concrete crew in St. Louis, Missouri pairs Curb Roller Manufacturing’s 14-foot custom drum and Hydra-Screed to pour street and curbing in the same pass; meeting the need for more linear feet in less time

Curb Roller Manufacturing aims to make challenging concrete pours achievable with specially designed custom drums.

Leveraging its experience and success with the launch of its curbing machine and custom drum shapes, the manufacturer of shaped concrete roller screeds ventured into a new area to improve efficiency, reduce labor and boost productivity. The custom solutions pair with the Curb Roller’s Hydra-Screed 3000 to allow for faster production times and a superior-quality finish on projects that would normally require multiple pours.

“Having worked as a concrete contractor for a number of years, I have firsthand knowledge of the complexity that accompanies pouring a concrete spillway or flume. Some of these projects can seem completely impossible,” said Seth Ulmer, Curb Roller Manufacturing sales manager. “At Curb Roller, we strive to make the impossible not only possible but profitable as well. Our custom drum designs enable contractors to complete a challenging pour without having to break it into multiple parts. It’s an ideal solution to accelerate productivity and minimize labor.”

The custom rollers are designed for unique shape requirements or large pours on jobs like drainage systems or spillways.

A custom drum and Hydra-Screed staged to complete a 150-foot ditch in Virginia. This job was completed in 4 hours, three times faster than previous methods employed by the crew

The team at Curb Roller designs the drum to exact specifications, working with the project engineers to make sure the drum meets all project requirements. The drums are built to spec and are usually created in a month or less depending on shape and size.

“A Curb Roller custom drum reduces labor requirements and time on projects, while also creating an increase in overall profitability on those challenging jobs,” said Ulmer. “The drums are used on anything from street work, medians and V-gutters, to flume and other specialty applications. The single pour approach eliminates the need for construction joints, doweling and pinning, and reduces the need for additional forming.”

Operators pair the custom drum with the Hydra-Screed 3000, Curb Roller’s two-operator hydraulically powered screed system that allows for continuous pours in applications like flatwork, flumes and more. The Hydra-Screed achieves job completion in half the time of alternative hand-shaping methods and offers removable drive ends to quickly change different lengths of pipe or profile shapes.

Contractors in Texas preparing to create an entire street with just one pass of Curb Roller Manufacturing’s custom drum and Hydra-Screed

Curb Roller’s custom drum solutions can be applied to applications as wide as 26 feet and as deep as 4 feet and can be created in a variety of shapes to meet job specifications. The custom solutions have been used on projects by concrete and DOT crews across the globe.

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