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BTI: The Leader in MOW Innovation

The leaves have fallen, the weather is cooling down. Track machines are ready for annual maintenance or refurbishment. It’s the perfect time to call BTI!

Ballast Tools Inc. manufactures high-performance, long-life, tungsten carbide parts for all types of track equipment, including tampers, ballast regulators, and tie equipment and undercutters. BTI designs, engineers and builds the parts in the USA to increase wear life and performance and reduce machine downtime. BTI parts regularly outperform standard parts by a wide margin. Tamping tools, adzer wheels and bits, Z-bars, patented spike pullers, and Hinge Boss hinge protectors are prime examples of BTI’s innovation and determination to provide the best parts available.  BTI offers wear-proofed parts for all machines and can set up just-in-time delivery for big projects.

When it’s time to replace parts on your track equipment, contact BTI at 636-937-3326.

BTI Skeletons Are Out …

The secret is out! The BTI Skeleton Baffle is the perfect solution to constant wear on ballast regulator baffles/deflectors. With a lightweight, easy-to-install design, the BTI Skeleton Baffle is designed for high performance and long wear life.

The BTI Skeleton Baffle features individually mounted bolt-on armor plates that are thicker, harder, and last longer. The easy-to-install design handles ballast brooming abuse. Thicker plates are used in the tougher positions, and the baffle center nose piece is tough and double thick. The individual replacement plates can be installed by one person as required, and are also easy to store and transport.  BTI Skeleton Baffles are also offered with noise dampeners. The reduction in maintenance down-time increases regulator performance and production while reducing safety concerns and maintenance costs.

In 2010, a major railroad installed its first BTI Skeleton Baffle. This Skeleton Baffle is still in use today seven seasons later.  Before the BTI Baffle, this Kershaw ballast regulator replaced the OEM baffle once a season or more. Since installing the BTI Skeleton Baffle, the same baffle has been in service for seven seasons with only the replacement of worn armor plates! This install alone eliminated the dropping and installing of a full replacement baffle seven times, as well as the cost and hassle of shipping and storing those baffles.

The BTI Skeleton Baffle is designed for Kershaw, Knox Kershaw, Plasser, and Nordco machines, and is the perfect complement to the BTI line-up of tungsten carbide Z-Bars, Skid Shoes, Plow Blades, Hinge Boss Protectors, and Broom Elements for any ballast regulator. If you need help fighting brutal ground-engaging wear problems, Call BTI today at 636-937-3326!

BTI Adzer Wheel Outlasts the Competition

Ballast Tools Incorporated takes pride in producing quality wear-proofed parts for maintenance of way equipment. One part that consistently performs better than the OEM is the BTI Carbide Adzer Wheel. Recently, a BTI Carbide Adzer Wheel on a class one railroad lasted four months, or about 64,000 feet! The rail engineers stated that the OEM part lasted only about a third of that time at best. BTI manufactures adzer wheels to fit Kershaw, Nordco, and Knox Kershaw machines. Get BTI On Board! Call 636-937-3326 today!

BTI Spike Puller: Undeniable Performance and Value

BTI Dual Spike Puller

The Ballast Tools Inc. Dual Spike Puller for Nordco units has been in use for several years on several Class 1 railroads. Many operators prefer the dual to the single puller for various reasons, including ease of capture. The patented BTI Dual Spike Puller is so good, it pulls most of the spikes left by the competitive claws, making the machines more productive in the gang. The BTI Dual Spike Puller has consistently performed at a rate of 5 to 8 times the normal life of OEM spike claws. This particular spike puller is still running strong after five months of service. Get BTI On Board. Call BTI today at 636-937-3326.

BTI Featured in Progressive Railroading

Ballast Tools Inc. is featured in this month’s Progressive Railroading Ballast Management article. The article focuses on the BTI X-plow rebuild program. For more, click here.

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“We make money when our machines are running and BTI helps us stay running longer by using their tungsten carbide wear parts.”