The BarrelMover 5000©
BY AsphaltPro Staff
No matter the size of your project, getting the safety barrels back and forth at the beginning and end of each shift opens personnel up to hazards. Kyle Ruby, inventor of the new safety item from BarrelMover 5000, Dry Ridge, Kentucky, lessens the danger to workers by taking them off the road with the BarrelMover 5000. Here’s how it works.
Before work begins, the mechanic will replace existing tow hooks on any Ford, Chevrolet, GMC or Dodge work truck with the BarrelMover 5000 mounting brackets. Once at the work site, the driver follows a set of three steps to lower the BarrelMover 5000 completely-welded frame from transport mode into working mode, offsetting it from center to the left or right depending on the arrangement of the work zone.
With the spring-loaded mainframe in place, the worker drives the truck forward at 10 to 12 MPH. From the safety of the driver’s seat, he can watch the arm contact and move barrels through an optional magnetic-mounted camera and in-cab screen.
A specially designed hook attachment comes into contact with the barrel with minimal impact to the barrel, and directs the moving barrel along the wheels and rollers of the arm. When the barrel reaches the end of the arm, it comes to rest at the edge of the work zone in line with previous barrels, delineating the work zone.
LED safety lights on the ends of the mainframe offer additional safety, delineating the equipment passing motorists.
Depending on the size of the work zone to be protected, the operator can add an optional 12-foot attachment to extend barrel logistics to two lanes.
For more information, contact Dave Wyrick at (513) 813-8920 or Clark Nowland at (859) 428-7411.