Aggregates such as sand, gravel, and stones are basic components of almost all construction projects, not only for concrete works but for other scopes like ground improvement, slope stabilization, and underground utilities. However, handling and moving these materials can be challenging and time-consuming, especially in large construction sites. This is where bedding boxes come in – to provide a practical solution to aggregate material management
What is a Bedding Box?
A bedding box, or also called rock box or stone box is a specialized container designed to hold and transport aggregates such as bedding materials at construction sites. It is popularly known as ‘bedding box’ because it is widely used and favored in placing aggregate materials such as sand and gravel, at the bottom or bed of utility trenches. These boxes are typically made of heavy-duty steel and come in various sizes to suit different volume needs. Though primarily used in general construction, bedding boxes are also utilized in other industries like mining, landscaping and transportation, and agriculture.
What are the Benefits of Using a Bedding Box?
1. Improved Efficiency. Using a bedding box can significantly improve the efficiency of aggregate material management in a construction site. It facilitates easy loading and unloading of materials, reducing the time and effort required for handling these materials.
When placing bedding materials inside a trench, the use of bedding box allows the excavator to have a material container that it can drag with it as it moves, keeping the bedding material readily at hand at any point along the trench. It also makes the retrieval of aggregates by bucket more efficient with very minimal waste than on the ground.
2. Reduced Costs. Using a construction stone box can also help to reduce costs associated with aggregate material management. It eliminates the need for manual labor and reduces the tendency of material loss during transportation and placing.
Staging aggregates on the ground means a certain percentage will surely not be recovered, especially with excavator bucket. The longer the trench, the more stockpiles of aggregates should be made at ideal intervals to optimize the efficiency and coverage of equipment. Large projects therefore are expected to lose more materials if bedding boxes are not employed. Assigning manual labor to recover unused materials on the ground could also be meaningless as it will likely increase the expenses instead of reducing it. .
Using a bedding box does not only help by maximizing material usage but by optimizing the use of equipment – a loader behind and excavator upfront. With a box of materials alongside the excavator or any bucket at all times, continuous placing of bedding materials is assured, eliminating idle time for the operator and equipment as well as unnecessary maneuvering.
3. Better Material Control. A construction rock box provides better control over all kinds of aggregate, allowing for a more efficient distribution and placement of these materials to intended use.
Without a bedding box, aggregate materials need to be scattered along the trench by estimate or approximation. In this scenario, two things are certain – the need to bring more materials when the stockpile is short, or the need to move excess materials because the stocked volume is too much for the covered area. This is a manifestation of the huge advantage of using a bedding box over the traditional way.
4. Enhanced Safety. The use of a construction rock box also enhances safety at construction sites by reducing the risk of accidents associated with manual material handling. It also reduces congestion and volume of equipment movements that can create many forms of potential hazards and threats.
How to choose the right Bedding Box?
When choosing a bedding box, it is important to consider several factors to ensure that you get the most suitable box for your needs. Some of the factors to consider include:
Size. The size of the construction rock box should be determined by the volume of materials you need to store or transport. In some cases, it also depends on the size of equipment or bucket available for use. Standard bedding boxes have capacities of 5, 7, 9, 12, and sometimes 15 cubic yards. In models, they are represented as ESC-BB-5, ESC-BB-7, ESC-BB-9, ESC-BB-12 Series, and any customized sizes.
Durability. The box should be made of high-quality, heavy-duty steel to endure tough site conditions. Bedding boxes by ESC Trench Shoring, Inc. are made with sturdy, high-tensile steel to guarantee performance, re-usability, and long-term use. ESC’s bedding boxes incorporate heavy-duty tubular construction combined with thick steel plates, held together by state-of-the art welding technologies to eliminate any weak connection point.
Mobility. Bedding boxes should be designed for easy mobility, with features that prevent material accumulation and minimize damage caused by dragging, pushing, bucket scoop, and other routine activities. All ESC bedding boxes are equipped with welded lifting bars, tie-down plates, lifting lugs, skid bar, and bottom wear strips. They can also be upgraded with adjustable lift bars, wheel kits, rolling grab bars, and others for custom use.
4. Protection & Convenience. Bedding boxes for transportation purposes should have a hinged lid that can be opened for easy loading and unloading of materials. Incorporating a drop-down tailgate or ramp for easy loading and unloading materials using heavy machinery, such as a forklift or skid steer, would also be an advantage. These features can be conveniently incorporated in any ESC bedding box series with the professional guidance and expertise of our specialists and Engineers.
Moreover, bedding boxes with funneling design or wider top opening are also beneficial in permitting easier retrieval of aggregates from the stone box and avoiding damages at the lids caused by difficulty in aligning the bucket at the opening when scooping. This is also called “clean sweep” access by excavator buckets.
ESC Bedding Boxes offers the most convenient way of managing your bedding materials while increasing project profits through enhanced efficiency, material utilization, and safety. Manufactured in the U.S.A., ESC bedding boxes are built for the toughest working conditions, readily available for sale or rent, in varieties of sizes, to accommodate all your multi-purpose construction requirement.