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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.

BTI is the “Boss” at Protecting Hinges

Ballast regulating and maintaining can quickly cause wear issues on key parts of a regulator, such as the wing articulation joint on the bottom of the wing. That part of the wing sees constant contact with the ballast while plowing in either direction.

The BTI Hinge Protector Plow Blade with Hinge Boss Protection, or Hinge Boss, was developed to protect the articulation joint in a Kershaw style ballast regulator articulating wing. Without a BTI Hinge Boss, the wing and joint wear out and have to be replaced or rebuilt. Each rebuild both takes a machine out of service and is expensive, requiring new parts and mechanics’ time for the project.

BTI offers both an Inner and an Outer Hinge Boss, in a high performance BTI Carbide version as well as a standard BTI tool steel version.  The Inner and Outer Hinge Bosses enclose and protect the entire wing articulation joint and surrounding wing area for maximum life and performance while plowing in the toughest conditions, all the while keeping the regulator plowing consistently and smoothly.  Outfitted on a high-production, Class 1 gang, regulators using the BTI Hinge Boss have been running for a couple years, saving them several wing rebuilds.  The BTI Hinge Protector Plow Blade with Hinge Boss Protection helps to sustain the life of the wing assembly and eliminate time and money-consuming wing rebuilds. Get your own! Call BTI today at 636-937-3326 and ask for the “BOSS, Hinge Boss”.

BTI Adzer Head Outperforms Steel

The BTI six bit Adzer head with three rows of carbide is performing above expectations for one customer. The mechanic estimates the Adzer head is outlasting the original steel head by 4 to 1. It is very easy to see the carbide stripes and tell when it is time to change the head – a big advantage over the all steel head, which was difficult to tell when it was time to replace. Call BTI today to let us help you make the most of your Adzer equipment.

BTE, BTI and QMP Will Exhibit at Railway Interchange 2017

BTE, BTI and QMP are excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Railway Interchange show September 17-20 at Indianapolis! 

BTE will be showing our latest industry-leading M.O.W. innovations, such as our BTE Hi-Rail Skid Steer and attachments. 

BTI will be exhibiting some of the world’s highest quality wear parts, while QMP will be spotlighting the Airtec Master 35 Rail Impact Wrench and attachments.

Visit us at booth #4745 for all the exciting details.

And don’t forget the Keynote speaker of the event will be Ken Schmidt of Harley Davidson!

Ballast Tools Equipment now offers marketplace for fleet

Introducing BuyBTEonline, a one-stop marketplace for BTE equipment. BuyBTEOnline offers a wide range of BTE-engineered and manufactured equipment designed and built for railroad applications. BTE hi-rail machines promise durability, precision, power and production capability, offering the best addition to your fleet for the best value.

“BuyBTEOnline is a quick way to find a complete solution for MOW equipment needs,” says BTE fleet manager Rob Whitlock.  “This website’s simple navigation and great layout makes this site your one stop to find great, gently used equipment and attachments to fit your company needs.”

BuyBTEOnline is currently listing several different backhoe loaders that come standard with BTE proprietary PLC controls, attachment recognition system and Rototilt Tiltrotator. To check out what BTE has to offer your company, and visit our website at

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What our customers are saying...

“We’ve tried a lot of wear materials, but none have performed nearly as well as BTI’s.”