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Guntert and Zimmerman (G&Z) showed off its new MP550 Material Placer at World of Concrete 2015 in Las Vegas. The company markets the MP550 as the most versatile material placer on the market, capable of handling a wide variety of concrete slumps as well as dry materials.
G&Z’s “Eco-Mode” feature on the MP550 claims to reduce fuel consumption by up to 35 percent.
The machine features four wheels with high flotation tires. The fact that it’s four-wheel drive with acumen, dual axle steering with a 12’ (3.66M) inside turning radius, offers greater ease of movement in and around any jobsite.
The MP550’s concrete hopper has been crafted to reduce dump box height. The hopper’s front lip is only 23 inches off the ground allowing it to receive a wide range of trucks. The MP550’s 35-foot long Swing Conveyor, which can pivot 170 degrees, is designed with a hinge point near the tail pulley. This makes it easier to clear barrier walls and other jobsite obstructions while minimizing the material discharge height.
Its hopper size can hold approximately 5.5 cubic yards. The unique front “flop gate” is designed with a hydraulically adjustable rubber seal to help eliminate concrete losses while dumping. Hydraulically adjustable front pusher rollers are also available.
G&Z claim the MP550 is one of the easiest placers to clean and maintain. The conveyors and components were designed to be readily accessible for cleaning and maintenance. The hopper has a quick-release mechanism to allow the carrier to safely walk away for ease of access, cleaning or switching to other attachments.
The carrier side panels safely guard the transfer conveyor during operation and provide access during daily cleaning. The tail end of the transfer conveyor can quickly be lowered (or even disconnected) for cleaning and maintenance. Each conveyor has also been designed for easy continuous belt replacement in the event of a failure.
The MP550 has a Tier 4 Interim engine with a simple design solution for upgrade to Tier 4 Final. The Tier 4i engine offers low fuel consumption and does not have a particulate trap like other Tier 4 engines. It also features extended service intervals.