Dewitt Construction had few big holes to drill in Hillsboro OR. Holes were 30” diameter and 85’ deep. The 100K drill was just coming out of production and this was a perfect place to put this newly designed drill. This project in Hillsboro was in one of the INTEL facilities, and was very difficult for myself and Scotto Gray, one of the designers for this Drill, to get on site for an equipment evaluation. Speaking from experience, it is not every day you walk onto a job site with a “prototype” piece of foundation equipment and the super intendant says, with a look a complete satisfaction in his eye, “don’t change a thing, this has got to be the best drill I have ever used”.
So we watched the drill work for a couple of hours, everything going just like clockwork. And as the drill approached the 40’ mark Jeff, the Super on site described the material from 45’ to 85’ as a very stiff clay, resembling “bay mud” as Jeff described it. This material was so sticky and heavy that it would not carry itself up the flight, they would take 10’ bites and bring the flight out of the hole and have to remove it with a mini-excavator. The drill has been running in APE 37 inch U leads which the customer liked so well they are buying this set of leads. There were 60 holes drilled and the 5 inch grouting system was used to pump grout at pressures averaging 1000-1500 psi.
I met Gary Kranz in 1987. He was the instructor for a hydraulics course provided by Rucker Fluid Power. My first day of the week-long class was a nightmare because Gary was a serious ass hole teacher and he jumped me for talking in class.
Gary was the best hydraulics person I have ever known. His motto was, “Be cautious of bull shit hydraulic sales people” because he believed they would change their stripes as fast as they changed jobs. Gary told his class that all hydraulic sales people will sell you what they represent that day. In other words the salesman might tell you that Vocac was the best hydraulic motor in the world because that is what their company represents but next week if the salesman leaves the company and now represents RexRoth then of course Rexroth is now the best product in the world. Gary was fired more than once for bad mouthing the sales staff of the company he was teaching. Gary never changed his ways and finally pissed off so many hydraulics suppliers that could not find a job so he ventured into his own business which he named Western Dynamics. APE invested in his company and stayed with him to the end.
I loved Gary for sticking to his principals. Gary was involved in designing the first APE power units which were built in Portland, Oregon at Rucker Fluid Power. Those power units still run and are considered the best units in the industry. Many of the main components on those power units were not products that Rucker Fluid Power represented. The owners and managers of Rucker would beg Gary to use what they represented but Gary would only use what he considered to be the best and was not swayed by pressure from Rucker Fluid Power or anyone else. It was his way or the highway but his final product was golden.
Gary handled APE’s sales staff the same way. He would tell them off in his own strong vulgar words. He would say there is no god and use his experiences in Vietnam as an example. He was hated and loved at APE. I, for one, wanted to choke him several times and I pledged many times never to work with him again when he would do or say things that were so out of line it would make me scream. But I would always come back to him because he was the best at understanding and troubleshooting hydraulic problems.
Gary was a fighter. He hated to lose. He won far more bets than he lost. One time when he lost a bet he could not come to admit the loss and finally said “Ok, you were right this time but that does not mean I have to like it”.
Gary fought to the very end with his battle with cancer. Just a week ago he was still working on a new manifold for our drills. He still had that drive in him, saying “when this f%$king manifold is done it will be the best thing in the world”. That was Gary. He put the fight into it. He was part of APE and we are all going to miss him greatly. Gary- we love you and thanks for keeping APE on top of the world hydraulically. God has to deal with you now and I am sure he has his hands full. We all know he would be too much for the devil to handle.
Everyone in this company has a Gary Kranz story. He touched us all.
There has been new changes to the 5050 and the 55AT to allow the use of the Western Rubber & Mfg. rotary joint. This is the same rotary joint that APE has been using with a lot of success for many years. These swivels have been a great update for the high quality line of augers that J&M have been making for many years.
Jimmy Teoh, owner of FAE and Liew Tan hosted Dave Yingling recently in Singapore. FAE and APE/J&M share many business qualities essential for success in the Piledriving industry. A deep commitment to their customers and a never ending commitment to provide the best equipment and service available.
Dave was very impressed with the way in which Jimmy and his crew conduct business sharing the same values APE does in knowing that the prople working right next to you are like family. This brings out the best in a company and the customer will always benefit knowing we are by their side to help the customer better the bottom line.
J&M’s Robot Vibro that turns an excavator into a one man pile driving machine has arrived in Australia. The J&M ROBOVIB is made in USA in Kent, Washington. The machine can load and unload piles off trucks and grip the longer piles from the side or from the bottom. APE and J&M are well known for their ruggedness and ability to deliver profits to its owners.
J&M’s new Model 4036 Drill Mast is the newest, heavy duty, cousin to the popular Model 3030 Drill Mast. Capable of drilling 36 in. diameter and 40 ft. deep, this unit can handle auger drives to 50,000 ft. lbs. of torque. Owned by APAC Construction, the drill mast is shown installing miles of sound wall in Florida. Mounted on a Komatsu PC400-7, the 4036 derives all its power from the excavator hydraulic system, yet requires NO modifications to the excavator hydraulics or structure.
A new J&M Robovib has been sold in Alaska to drive sheets under a bridge. The Robovib was mounted to a 330B Cat excavator. An APE Model 150 fitted with a low headroom suppressor serves as the follow up hammer after Robvib picks the piles from the side and drives the sheets. The 150 has the ability to quickly adapt to low headroom situations. For more details call Larry or Dave at APE.
Robovib (RO-BO-VIBE) has completed its first mission in New York. The machine was purchased by an experienced user of excavator pile driving attachments including the rival to Robovib…the Movax. The Robovib has passed its first mission and now is going into full production for 2005.
Robovib’s technology is from the future, with its three eccentrics positioned directly over the pile and super heavy duty tilt mechanism. This machine will revolutionize excavator mounted pile driving. It is made to take the abuse and designed to avoid downtime.
For details call any APE or J&M branch. See the video on this site by going to APE videos on the home page.
ROBOVIB, a new machine invented by a J&M, will go on line on 26 July 2004. It is designed to seek out and destroy all weak and poorly designed excavator mounted pile driver/extractors. It has its mission. Look out for it by watching the APE Videos section on the APE website or by visiting jandm-usa.com. Call King Evarts at 412 720-5175 for more details on this new and exciting machine.
In 1974 J&M introduced the 812, which stands for eight eccentrics rotating 1200 times per minute. The 812 was updated to the 815 when the rotation speed was increased to 1500 cycles per minute.
The 815 has been sold all over the world and in many places is still the desired machine. Why? Because it is only 12 inches wide which allows the machine to drive or extract very narrow sheet piles.
You can buy a new 815 for $225,000 Call 412-682-4553 for more details.