“We've had the machine for two and a half months, and it's one of the first in the country, and certainly in Kentucky,"Beard says."We put it into action the first week in April. The Vögele America line performs very well for us, with a Cummins engine that's very strong. It lays a very nice mat for us, very uniform with no ‘shadows'. It does a great job and the workers like it."
The 8-foot size is ideal for Gaddie-Shamrock's applications."Nearly all the work we do is in rural areas,"Beard says."The reason for buying an 8-foot machine is that a county road may start out at 10-feet-wide, go up to 14 feet, then drop down to 9 feet, all in one project. With the 8-foot machine you don't have to be using two or three machines just to get a county road paved."
While the firm has been a user of the Vögele America paver platform for nearly a decade, it took a close look at the 2116W before buying."We looked into the 8-foot machines and got prices from three different makers,"Beard says."Vögele America gave us a pretty good deal and stood behind what they sell. Our product support man is Nars Narsingh, who is very knowledgeable. He came out very early on and worked with us."The 2116W is one of six pavers owned by Gaddie-Shamrock.
“On this paver everything is very accessible,"Beard says."All the components are easy to get to and work on when you need to, although that's not something that would happen too often. And the steering wheel works great compared to joysticks; it slides from side-to-side if you need to change operator position. That's completely different from what the operators had before, and it took the operator a week or so to get used to it. But now that he has become more familiar he really enjoys working with it."
Prefers electric screeds
The HF400E screed on the Vögele America paver is not Gaddie-Shamrock's first, and it certainly won't be the last."I like the electric screeds because they eliminate the smoking and fumes of the older diesel-heat models,"Beard says."With the electric heat you have none of that. And the models are reliable; this model has an override system in which if you did have a problem with the electric heat going out on one section, it will heat the zone where the problem is until you can get it repaired.
“I would rather have the electric screeds,"Beard says."It requires less maintenance, and the diesel fumes and ‘blow-torch' under your feet are not there. I'm surprised that it's not been made mandatory for environmental reasons throughout the country."
A long-time family business, Gaddie-Shamrock has a history as colorful as its name."Our company was started over 50 years ago by my granddad, R.E. Gaddie, one of the first asphalt contractors in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,"Beard says."My father, Monie Beard, was his son-in-law and continued the business until he passed away six years ago. Now it's my brother and me."
Later, R.E. Gaddie joined forces with Shamrock Stone Co. to form Gaddie-Shamrock, now headquartered in Columbia. The firm now has two hot mix asphalt plants and three quarries operating out of Columbia, Burkesville and Albany, with a holding yard in Russell Springs. During the summer season employment will top out at about 126 workers. The firm considers itself a medium-sized asphalt producer and contractor, in a state where family-owned contractors continue to thrive.
About the 2116W paver and HF400E screed
The 2116W rubber-tired paver from Vögele America Inc. is versatile and productive enough for the smallest to the largest commercial jobs, but with the features and mat quality of a highway class machine.
The 2116W features operator controls that are standard across the Vögele line, including the sliding console and fingertip control of all machine functions. Various screed and feeder controls can be accessed in a number of locations on the machine to provide versatility in commercial paving applications. A Cummins QSB5.9T diesel engine provides 160 hp with four speed ranges and a top speed of 11 mph.
The Vögele portal axle drive provides true differential steering and the option of differential lock or modulated steer-assist pedals for better traction and handling. Hopper capacity is 190 cubic feet and overall length is 19 feet 4 inches with excellent operator visibility. The fume extraction system provides a comfortable environment for the operator and screed operators without inhibiting the view of augers and head of material while paving.