News 8/27/2013


  • McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. reacts quickly to assist with local brush and mulch fire.

    Paige, Texas, August 2013 - As published by several central Texas news outlets, a large mulch fire broke out in Bastrop County on Saturday, August 17 and was contained to a tree recycling facility in the small town of Paige, Texas.

    The burn pile was reported as 40ft high and crews from multiple agencies stated it was "likely to continue to burn for several weeks.”

    Three trailers attached to 18 wheeler trucks were burned and destroyed on the property and while there were no evacuations, people were advised to stay clear of the area.

    McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. has observed several brush and mulch fires in the past several years and has offered assistance on all occasions to assist with providing equipment that can help dampen flames and smother the fire.

    Go Green International in Paige, Texas was the first to consider using McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc.’s equipment in helping extinguish the fire.

    Upon doing so, McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. mobilized a McCloskey Track Feeder Stacker and CAT 966 loader and delivered the equipment on Monday, August 19. By strategically positioning the feeder stacker, the business owner, Mr. Dennis Parker, was able to use the front end loader to load dirt and loam into the hopper. The dirt and loam then feed on to a stacking conveyor which reaches a 40ft discharge height. This enabled the material to douse and smother the flames starving the blaze from oxygen, hence putting out the fire.

    Working late into the night, the fire was extinguished within 7 hours after the equipment was delivered; much sooner than the several weeks that agencies and crews had stated it was likely to burn for.

    McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. is the exclusive Texas based dealer representing the heavy equipment manufacturing industry leaders; McCloskey International, Superior Industries, Lippmann, Cemco Turbo, CBI, and Scarab Manufacturing.

    McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc.’s diversified portfolio of new and used heavy equipment, quality service and product support, rental equipment, and spare parts availability contributes to our continued delivered success at meeting customer requirements within the crushing, screening, conveying, organic and recycling, environmental clean-up and grinding markets.

    The McCloskey TF80 Mobile Tracked Feeder available for rent and purchase from McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. is enhancing the process of direct loading and stockpiling materials. With a large 13.5 cubic yard feeder hopper which can be fed by both large excavators and front end loaders; a wide heavy duty 80’ long conveyor; this makes the TF80 a robust mobile stockpiling conveyor for use across a number of industries.

    One of the workers on site tending to the fire, made the comment, "That is the largest fire extinguisher I have ever seen.”

    Perhaps state and county agencies, municipalities and private brush and recycling facilities will give further consideration to the McCloskey Feeder Stacker as a valuable tool in helping extinguishing any future mulch and brush fires.