“On a typical 700-cu.-yd. ramp, it would have taken us 12 to 14 hours for setting dowel baskets, tie bars and paving,” says Johnny VanDyne, paving crew foreman. “With this machine, we have about five hours in total slipping it.”
The IDBI attachment placed 16 bars on 12-in. centers across the width of the ramp. Transverse joints were placed at 15-ft. intervals. The Commander III is also equipped with a front-mounted and two hydraulic, side-mounted bar inserters.
“Before the Commander III with IDBI attachment, each one of the ramps would have been an all-day project for us,” Little says. “Now, with the GOMACO machines, we slipped each one in approximately five hours, using two to three less laborers on the crew.”