Blastrac launched a search for the oldest operating 1-10D shot blaster still used for surface prep today. Submissions were received and combed through to find Blastrac's 1-10D shot blaster that has stood the test of time. The winner is Durex Coverings, Inc., and was submitted by Dean M. Bucher.
In 1985, Bruce & Dean Bucher from Durex Coverings visited Blastrac at the World of Concrete where they decided to purchase a Blastrac 1-10D. The Blastrac equipment is still owned, operational, and utilized by Durex Coverings. "Since purchasing the first two units, Durex Coverings also purchased two 1998 units that are still in full operational capacity," says Dean Bucher. Blastrac & Durex Coverings have maintained a continuous relationship since 1985; no other blast machines are in their fleet.
As the winning entrant, Dean M. Bucher and Eric DeCarlo will receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations for three nights, and attendee entrance to WOC 2011 in Las Vegas. Blastrac will be displaying the qualifying machine in the Blastrac exhibit at WOC 2011.