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Save on high-rise block fill labor

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Blastcrete Equipment Co.’s Mason Mate was designed primarily for high-rise block fill applications,.

Blastcrete Equipment Co.’s Mason Mate was designed primarily for high-rise block fill applications,.
Blastcrete Equipment Co.’s Mason Mate was designed primarily for high-rise block fill applications, as well as concrete repair and underground shotcrete for mining and tunneling applications. The unit features Blastcrete’s D3522 hydraulic squeeze pump, a high-shear continuous mixer and an optional, 1,000-pound capacity bag lifter. Designed to increase material delivery time, the Mason Mate provides a significant time- and labor-saving solution on the jobsite.

Mason Mate is designed to be a fast, efficient, one-man solution. Rather than mixing material and water offsite, then transporting the blended material with telehandlers to be installed, the Mason Mate is able to perform the entire process from start to finish, right on the jobsite, and requires just one operator. The unit saves valuable time by being operated onsite and in close proximity to the mason, while also eliminating the need for several pieces of large, equipment, wheelbarrows and “bucket brigades” consisting of multiple laborers.

Featuring a compact design, the Mason Mate easily fits in the back of a pickup truck or in a freight elevator, and can operate within an eight-foot ceiling. Furthermore, the compact design allows easy maneuverability with a pallet jack and placement with a telescoping forklift or crane.

Mason Mate includes a two-inch, hydraulic squeeze pump with variable speed up to six cubic yards per hour, and a high-shear continuous mixer for increased speed and shorter mixing time. The unit is capable of pumping 3/8-inch aggregate mixes at 450 psi pumping pressure. To relieve pressure build-up clogs and eliminate potential damage to the pump, the Mason Mate’s D3522 can be run in both forward and reverse. Hydraulic controls for the pump, mixer and re-mixer are located on the operator’s control dash.

Mason Mate’s primary wear part, the rubber pumping tube, can be replaced easily on the jobsite in about 20 minutes. Clean-up on the squeeze pump is fast and hassle free, using just water and a sponge ball and taking only five minutes.

A 29-hp Kubota water-cooled diesel is standard. The Mason Mate also is available with either a 35-hp Briggs & Stratton gasoline engine or 30-horsepower electric motor with starter and disconnect. Learn more at

Originally published in Masonry magazine.

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