Beginning in 1977, literally as a two-man operation, Finke Equipment (then Finke & Sons) has grown into an authorized dealer and service agent for such top construction equipment brand names as Kobelco, Bobcat, Hamm, Doosan, Wirtgen and Vogele. Recently added to those names is ShoulderMaster, manufactured in Australia by Stabilcorp.
Finke Equipment is the sole U.S. distributor for the attachment developed for use on standard skid steers during certain phases of road construction, including shoulder repairs and remediation and widening.
Craig Pinson, managing director of Stabilcorp Pty Ltd, which designed and manufactures the ShoulderMaster, gave RockRoadRecycle a brief overview of the SM2100 during a recent demonstration of the attachment at Finke Equipment’s state-of-the-art facility in Selkirk, NY.
Pinson said, “This is the first time we’ve actually brought the SM2100 to the States and offered it for sale here. We are pleased to have Finke Equipment as the U.S. distributor for this attachment.”
ShoulderMaster models are designed to be attached to all major brands of skid steer or compact track loader – a piece of equipment most contractors already have in their work fleets. The SM2100 weighs approximately 4,000 lbs and utilizes a fully hydraulic screed which will pave shoulders up to 7.5 ft. It is adjustable and can rise above existing pavement 4 in. and is able to pave below existing pavement 6 in. The front of the attachment has extendable rollers which can be adjusted to work in tandem with any size feeder truck.
Pinson explained, “For safety purposes, the machine [attachment] is controlled by a ground operator using a wireless remote control. The main roll of the skid steer driver is to keep the machine going straight in line with the loading dump truck.”
The skid steer operator sees the shoulder of the road via a camera that is Bluetooth-connected to an interior monitor, so they can see the excess and the shoulder of the road at all times.
Other uses for the ShoulderMaster include trench backfilling and laying asphalt and aggregates. The attachment has a tubular steel chassis and is supported by dual full swivel wheels which are located at the front of the unit.