The QuikShot Vertical Mix Shotcrete Machine, distributed by FossilCrete Inc., is a typical shotcrete pump, only smaller. And that makes it perfect for decorative concrete contractors.
The scaled-down machine goes through less concrete per batch. A contractor can mix two buckets of concrete, shoot it, then lay the gun down and go to work shaping the wet mud. “Basically, this is a miniature shotcrete machine,” says FossilCrete president Stanton Pace. “You can do small batches at a time.”
The QuikShot is manufactured by Quickspray Inc. to FossilCrete’s specifications, and it is sold bearing the FossilCrete name. “We’ve used Quickspray’s products before,” Pace says. “I used to use one of these as a contractor. This is everything we like in a machine.”
The QuikShot pumps 25 bags of vertical mix in 15 minutes, or 1.5 yards per hour. It requires only 110 volts of electric power and uses only 10 cfm of air.
The portable machine propels material with peristaltic squeezes through a soft rubber tube. The system can handle up to 1⁄4-inch aggregate and can easily pump fiber mix. No internal moving parts come in contact with the material as it is pumped, which minimizes maintenance. The rubber tube is inexpensive and easily replaced. What’s more, the machine’s parabolic hoppers don’t have corners that might clog.
If any outfit knows vertical concrete stamping, it’s FossilCrete. The company manufactures a number of unusual stamps, including several fossil designs, as well as its own vertical stamp mix.
A large, conventional shotcrete machine is a hassle for decorative concrete contractors. Leasing one of these behemoths can run $1,000 a day, not including concrete, Pace says. “With QuikShot, you don’t have to rent a huge air compressor.”
FossilCrete introduced their shotcrete machine at the 2005 World of Concrete show. It costs $7,200 and comes with a 40-foot material hose, vertical stamp mix gun and spare pump hose.
For more information, visit the FossilCrete Web site or call (405) 525-3722.