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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Chuck Smith, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Anyone have any experience with this brand and model? It is a Thomas Protough 300.


  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Another angle.


  3. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    And a 3rd angle.


  4. speedracer241

    speedracer241 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Chuck, pardon my stupidity, but what does it do??
    Inquiring minds want to know,
    Mark K
  5. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    We have one just like it. However ours is a early 90s model and is a Read screener. However it works great, as long as your loader has a bucket 3 yards or smaller.

  6. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Mark, it is for screening topsoil. It removes rocks, roots and debris from the soil.

    This one is in the 1 1/4 yard loader class.

  7. TurfPlus

    TurfPlus Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    When did you get the new toy? I like the new CAT!!

  8. speedracer241

    speedracer241 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Ahhhhh.... i see.:D
    Thanks for the info.
    Mark K
  9. landman

    landman Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 185

    Chuck, did you guys go shopping at the REH auction last week? That is a ok machine the only thing is that the only place to get parts for it is Harter Equiptment on rt 33 in freehold. been alot of that thomas stuff at the local auctions lately. FYI you could mix your salt sand mix with that machine also.
  10. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    I'd love to have access to one of those next summer. I'd need fine screens though, I want to rescreen "rock fines" to segregate the dust form the stone chips. As it comes form the quarry it's 3/16"-, with a bunch of it just "flour". It makes a great alternative to sand for traction purposes as it is but it would be even better if I could keep everything above 1/8". The sharpness of the broken stone bites way better thant he rounded grains of natural sand. I don't do much with sand but I'd love to have about 50 tons of chips on hand going into the winter. Nothing would be lost as I could add the dust into either 3/4" plant mix or fines that I use for driveway maintenance.
  11. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Landman, we picked it up at an Alex Lyon auction just outside of Harrisburg, PA last weekend. From what I understand, these screeners are only sold brand new at auctions, or at least they are known for that. Prices are way down at auctions as a whole right now, so it is definitely a buyers market.

    I didn't go to the auction myself, but if I did, we would have spent A LOT more and got alot more. They had CAT backhoe rims going for $10 each, and tires for $20 each! Someone got a whole skid, (I believe 200 pcs) of loader bucket cutting edges for $200!

    We picked up another brand new skid steer bucket, a set of brand new pallet forks, and got a great deal ($50) on a paver splitter, because no one knew what it was, no one else bid on it!

    The CAT 436 we got doesn't seem to need any work at all at this point. The only thing I would like to change is the front bucket, as our CAT 416 has a larger one, the 436 looks small.

  12. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    Chuck, The dealer I am buying my thomas skid steer from, also sells the screeners. They look like a nice set up.
  13. gslam88

    gslam88 Senior Member
    Messages: 168


    The one thing that I noticed about the ProTough screens while at a couple of auticons around this area is that unless your only moving a small amount with a skidd steer or a club cad lawn tractor mower is that the opening is just too small.

    If you look at the opening for a REad or other screeners you can fit a small loader (like a JD 444) or backhoe (JD410) into it and work. The ProTough is good for very small operations, but other wise I would not use one.

    IF you plan on moving more dirt and want just a little bigger footprint of a screener you could look for a Read or go a step above in desing features the Grizzly

    look at some specs of the 300

    Model Max Single Load Net Hp@ 3000rpm Pump Capacity
    300 1¼ cu. yards 13kW (17.4hp) 50.61 lpm (13.37 gpm)
    400 3 cu. yards 22.5kW (30hp) 45.6 lpm (12 gpm)
    Loading Height 300 = 98 in. 400 = 122 in.

    The POWERGRID 400 I personally consider to be one of the best small screens for that size

    I looked for specs on the powerscreen, but could not find it

    just my .02


    :waving: :waving:
  14. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Now that the good weather is here how is that screener working Chuck?
  15. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Junior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 9

    I bought one just like it last year. We use it to make topsoil. You will need to change the bottom deck to a piano wire screen to get down real fine. It's not a high production machine but it's great to drag around from site to site. But hey what do you want for $13,000? No problems so far and you have a new screen built for $450.