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cat 655c extend-a-mat

Discussion in 'Pavers' started by motley, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. motley

    motley New Member

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    i am familiar with the Carlson easy screed III front mount extensions. We are looking at the Cat 655C with rear mount extensions. What can I expect out of rear mount extensions? are they vastly different? Is this a good screen for town paving?
     
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    andoman Well-Known Member

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    These are very good screeds and very rigid. You may miss the mountable curb built into the screed but you can get a shoe to do the same thing, I have 4. These screeds lay a nice mat and are very heavy so if you run your vibe you'll get higher density numbers off the screed than you ever could with a ez screed. The only down side is you have to build a little larger set down pad to start on than a front mounted screed. We've been running them since BG had them on our old 225's, so over 30 years now. We just bough one of Carlson's versions of the extend a mat called the EZ-R2 and have been fairly happy with it but it wants to "float" a lot more than the extend a mats so it makes thin paving more difficult.
     
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    motley New Member

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    I sure do appreciate your feed back. The machine and screed has 5,000 hour. I'm going to look at it early next week. Do you have any suggestions concerning wear points I can inspect? I guess other than the obvious...... (again, thanks for your help). Jeff
     
  4. andoman

    andoman Well-Known Member

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    Tracks and bogies for the most part on the tractor, if I had to guess it will be due for a new set of tracks. One suggestion if you buy a set of tracks is to go with a completely smooth track. We thought they were a joke but we got talked into trying a set and they do make a big difference not tearing up the stone base when basing in something. As for the screed, look at the blower motors (assuming it's a fuel oil heated screed), and the screed plates, and bull noses, and then check the large guide rods for the extensions for damage (large scratches and gouges). For the most part these screeds are fairly bullet proof and do not require being adjusted as often as other screeds. When you get the paver have a talk with the guys about wiping down the guide rods on the screed extensions with pledge a few times a week. Some people say it causes build up on the large guides but we were told by the original engineers from barber-Greene to do it and we have for years without any buildup or damage to the coatings. Good luck, they're good screeds and lay a nice mat and quite honestly I like the deisel heat better than electric anyway just make sure the guys don't over heat and warp the plates and you'll be fine.

    Ps stay away from the new extend a mats, cat was outsourcing the manufacturing of them and our last screed had some major problems (the older ones are bullet proof) and that's why we made the switch to the Carlson ez-r2's.