Ernest Industries
Shortstop Loading System 3.5 Specifications
Mfg ERNEST INDUSTRIES, INC.
Model Shortstop ® Loading System 3.5
General Self-contained loading system designed specifically for loading Shortstop 3.5 truck mounted concrete mixers or similar small load concrete mixers.  The unit is equipped with a 2.5 cubic yard aggregate hopper and water metering system.  Simple to operate and ships completely assembled or with conveyor removed (export).
Dimensions Approximately 24' long
7'6" wide
12' 3" tall
Weight Shipping weight, approximately 4,000 lbs.
Production The unit shall be capable of delivering aggregate & cement a rate of one cubic yard every 2-3 minutes.
Hopper The main frame of the Shortstop Loading System is fabricated from heavy duty structural steel H beam & steel tubing, rigidly reinforced and electrically welded at all joints. The hopper will be equipped with wing walls on three sides to prevent material spillage when loading. Two each 4” X 8” X ¼” rectangular tube forklift staves will be provided to easily move the unit with a standard forklift.  The main H frame structure will be elevated approximately 6” on four corners for easy cleaning under the unit. Each elevated leg will be equipped with a heavy-duty ½” A-36 plate with mounting hole.
Frame The main frame of the Shortstop Loading System is fabricated from heavy duty structural steel H beam and steel tubing, rigidly reinforced and electrically welded at all joints. Two each 4” X 8” X ¼” rectangular tube forklift staves will be provided to easily move the unit with a standard forklift.  The main H frame structure will be elevated approximately 6” eight places for easy cleaning under the unit. Each elevated leg will be equipped with a heavy-duty ½” A-36 plate with mounting hole.
Conveyor The conveyor will be a high capacity troughing style roller type conveyor. The main conveyor frame shall be structural steel channel, equipped with replaceable trough type rollers and standard idler rollers. An 18” wide (220 lb, 2 ply 5/16” thick rubber belt) with snag free lacing  designed specifically for aggregate service shall be provided.  A hydraulic motor directly coupled to the drive pulley will power the conveyor belt. The conveyor will feature a lagged head pulley and self cleaning winged tail pulley.  A spring loaded belt scraper will be provided with replaceable UMHW scraper blade.  The conveyor will be equipped with removable sheet metal guarding top & bottom. The discharge of the conveyor shall be equipped with a boot style discharge transitioning to  12” lay flat hose.  The approximate loading height of the conveyor is 120-123”
Operators Platform A platform and ladder assembly shall be provided for the purpose of inspecting contents of hopper. This platform is not for loading cement, only inspection of hopper (no cement bag breaker included).  Cement must be loaded in the bucket of the equipment used to fill the aggregate hopper and transferred.  The ladder/platform shall feature an open steel grate platform approximately 14” X 14” and a ladder with no skid rungs.  The ladder/platform shall be positioned opposite the loading side of the hopper and will be removable for transport.

*Shortstop Loading System 3.5 may be ordered less wing walls and include the operators platform and cement bag breaker as on the Shortstop Loading System (for loading trailer mixers). The hopper less wing walls will have a capacity of 1.5 cubic  yards.
Water Meter The Shortstop 3.5 ® Loading System features a digital, re-settable, totalizing water meter. The meter will feature ni-cad internal components for water service and a 999.9 gallon totalizing display. A manual ball valve activates the water system to deliver water to the mouth of the mixer drum.  The water system will also feature a wash hose located near the conveyor discharge for cleanup of mixers and slump control.  The water system features a single garden hose connection for operation and “Y” type strainer to filter water.
Engine & Power
System
The Shortstop Loading System is completely self-contained, powered by a Honda 13 HP gasoline engine and integral hydraulic system.  A gear type hydraulic  pump is directly coupled to the Honda engine and features a hydraulic reservoir with return filter and filler/breather/strainer assembly. The Honda engine will be equipped with a cyclone type air cleaner for added protection in dusty environment.  The hydraulic system will include a spool type on/off valve for conveyor, pressure relief valve and hydraulic hoses rated at 2,500 psi operating pressure.   All hoses will be supported in vibration proof clamp assemblies to prevent rubbing on frame work.
Controls A single control panel will be conveniently located on the frame near the conveyor discharge and engine recoil.  The controls shall consist of conveyor (on/off), water meter and water valve.  All controls will be marked for function.
Shipping Unit ships completely assembled via a double drop trailer.  This requires cribbing the unit on an angle.  Removal of the conveyor is recommended for export.
Warranty The unit carries a one year warranty against defective parts and workmanship. 
For details see: Terms of Sale and Warranty
Optional Equipment
SA Batcher 3.5 The SA Batcher 3.5 combines the Shortstop® Loading System 3.5 and CS-125 Cement Silo for semi automated batching.  The SA Batcher 3.5  offers automated delivery of cement to the batch using our exclusive time based metering system.  This reduces the labor of “breaking cement bags”.  The SA Batcher includes; standard Shortstop® Loading System 3.5 CS-125 Cement Silo with OECS125-1, OECS125-2, OECS125-3. See separate brochure and basic dimensions drawings.
OESSLS-1 Electric start Honda 13 HP in lieu of recoil start.
OESSLS-2 Optional diesel engine, Hatz 10 HP diesel engine with recoil start.
OESSLS-3 Optional diesel engine, Hatz 10 HP diesel with electric start.
OESSLS-3.1 Optional 15 HP electric motor 230/460 volt with NEMA IV controls. Disconnect by others.
OESSLS-4 Scale: aggregate hopper equipped with a scale system.  The scale is complete with large LED readout and requires 110 volt AC power
  Class A Spare Parts Inventory
Inventory of common replacement parts needed during normal operations of the machine.  Strongly recommend for export machines.
  Unit manufactured less wing walls, reducing capacity of aggregate hopper to 1.5 cubic yards.  Unit to be equipped with following equipment in lieu of wing walls:
  Operators Platform
A platform shall be provided at the rear of the unit complete with two each ladder assembles for ingress/egress from either side of the machine.  The platform will be rigidly welded to the main frame and feature self cleaning open floor grate.  Hand railing with a removable chain section shall be provided.
  Cement Bag Breaker
A cement bag breaker will be provided, accessible from the platform on the rear of the unit.  The bag breaker will feature a knife to easily split cement bags along with a screen to prevent bag particles from getting into the mix. The bag breaker pivot away from aggregate hopper for loading.
CEMENT SILOS
CS-125 CS-125 Cement silo, 10,000 lb capacity with 6”  diameter metering screw conveyor.  Self contained 13 HP gasoline engine with electric start, hydraulic powered screw conveyor with manual controls. Silo is designed to be filled with super sacs suspended overhead with a forklift or front end loader.  The Silo has an approximate loading height of 9’ and auger has a discharge height of 5’.  The CS-125 series silos are designed to be modular additions to the Shortstop® Loading System.
OECS125-1 Time Based Metering Control
A time based metering controller complete with remote pendant shall be provided .  The timer is 12VDC powered and features key pad, LED readout and is NEMA IV rated for outdoors.  The control is time based and features calibration instructions and related excel spreadsheet for recipe generation.  The pendant control features a master on/off switch, cycle start and cycle stop push buttons.  The control box is NEMA IV rated and equipped with a magnetic base. The optional hydraulic vibrator is strongly recommend for time based batching system to insure consistent material flow. 
OECS125-2 Operator Platform
An operator platform and ladder assembly shall be provided.  The complete unit shall bolt to the main frame and be removable for transport.  The ladder will be fabricated from 1-1/4” square tubing with non skid perforated ladder rungs.  The platform shall be a non skid removable grate.  Hand railing will be provided on two sides of the ladder.
OECS125-3 Hydraulic Vibrator
Hydraulic vibrator, one each hydraulic powered vibrator attached to a  structural steel channel iron.  The unit will be attached to the cone section on the silo near the discharge.  The vibrator will activate simultaneously with the auger.  Hydraulic flow to the vibrator will be adjustable at the control panel with a proportional control valve.
OECS125-4 Diesel Engine
Optional diesel engine, Hatz 10 HP diesel with electric start.
OECS125-5 Electric Motor
Optional 10 HP electric motor 230/460 volt with NEMA IV controls. Disconnect by others.