Daily Archives: November 30, 2008

Nevis Gets A Free Tirebaler Through Canadian Generosity – But Will They Change The Oil?

Tire Bales Are Only 5% Air - What Can We Build With Them?

Tire Bales Are Only 5% Air - What Can We Build With Them?

From the Barbados Sanitation Service Authority blog, we learn that the Canadian Government has assisted in providing a tire baler to Nevis. What’s a tire baler? Glad you asked. According to Touch the Earth Construction

“Tire-bales are “big rubber bricks”. They’re made in an hydraulic press, exerting extreme forces to compress approximately 100 tires into a “brick” 2-1/2′ x 5′ x 5′, weighing ~2,000#, wrapped with (5) .113 inch dia. steel wires pre-formed into square-knot ends which are hooked together when the press reaches it’s compression capacity.  The press is then released and the bale is completed.  The bale is now the density of most wood, weighing in at roughly 50 pounds per cubic foot and containing only 5% air.”

Tire bales are used for building retaining walls, housing and a dozen other uses. Even if the bales are not used for a purpose, they significantly reduce the amount of area necessary to store tires – and the tires do not act as mosquito breeding grounds because bales do not hold water.

So good for Nevis. I hope their tire baling programme works out. We learned about tire baling through the Barbados Sanitation Service Authority blog as written by (I think) Ian Bourne. Another source of information on tire balers is Encore Systems of Minnesota USA, who say they are the largest manufacturer of tire baling machines (website here).

But Will The Oil Be Changed?

You’ve met those people who never change their engine oil? Usually they don’t purchase the auto themselves, because if they did, they would look after it. They never change the oil and they wonder why their engines die after two years.

That pretty well sums up all these special projects where people and governments receive machinery for free. They don’t appreciate how much money it took to purchase the equipment and they don’t look after it.

Maybe it is the fact that so much of our government’s budget is “borrowed” and donated from the first world as government charity that we as Bajans have a cultural problem in that we don’t see that government equipment, buildings, infrastructure and charity programmes have to be paid for by someone.

Not to mention that the words “preventive maintenance” do not appear in the Bajan lexicon. Why do you think that Barbados public utility vehicles are in as rough shape as we see them in? Why do we have so many buses on the road in poor condition?


What Happened To The BLP Government’s 3 Million Dollars Of “Free” Weed-Wackers?

One last thought: Remember when the Mottley/Arthur Government decided that the way to save the young men hanging about was to get them into their own businesses by purchasing week-wackers and other landscaping equipment for them and giving (as opposed to loaning) equipment to them?

How many of those weed-wackers are still operating? Our guess… zero.

Does anyone know who these young men are and IF they are still “in business” with the equipment that was given to them?

How Many Weed-Wackers And Lawnmowers Can You Buy For Three Million Dollars?


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