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SpikeFast - A Spike Hole Filler Material
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Performance tests commissioned by national railroads indicate that SpikeFast outperforms wood plugs, polymeric foam and epoxy foam in both lateral resistance and pull-out resistance.

SpikeFast is easy to adz and ready to re-spike within 10 minutes, bonding so tightly to the spike hole that it will not dislodge during the adzing process.

Moisture resistant SpikeFast displaces standing water in spike holes without excess foaming and it deeply penetrates voids, cracks and crevices in the tie to reduce moisture infiltration and tie rot.

SpikeFast does not react with water. Unlike the foam filler alternatives, it retains it's easy application and superior performance characteristics during all weather conditions including temperature extremes and rain.
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RRT-2301SF CORDLESS APPLICATOR
with Battery Charger and Shoulder Strap
$664.40
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RRT-2302SF MANUAL APPLICATOR
with Shoulder Strap
$274.95
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RRT-2303SPIKEFAST ES50 RM 450ml CANISTERS
1 case with 12 Canister Kits and 12 Mixing Tubes
$260.00
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RRT-2304SPIKEFAST ES50 RM 450ml MIXING TUBES
1 case of 12 Mixing Tubes
$37.94
Performance Specifications   Product Specifications
 
CUT SPIKE HOLES FILLED: 20-25
TIME TO FILL HOLE: approx. 4 sec.
TIME TO RESPIKE: 20 minutes
  SIZES AVAILABLE: 450 ml
SYSTEM WEIGHT WITH APPLICATOR: 10 lbs
PURCHASE QUANTITIES: cases of 12
SPIKEFAST HANDHELD CANISTERS
 
 
The SpikeFast canister system was designed to meet the demand for a simple and portable application system.

The hand held applicator is ideal for remote locations or critical areas where holding gage is essential and high production equipment is not available.

One canister will fill approximately 20 spike holes, making it the easy solution for small bridges, frogs, or switches.

As with all SpikeFast systems, no harsh VOC containing solvents or foaming agents are required.

The applicator includes a rechargeable battery powered compressor and a two component, pneumatic caulking gun. Just insert the canisters into the gun and pull the trigger to fill the spike holes.
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SPIKE INSERTION AND WITHDRAWAL FORCE
 
 
Results indicate that SpikeFast’s spike withdrawal force is equivalent to that of unspiked hardwood ties and nearly twice that of wood plugs and foam- meaning you keep gage longer.

In a separate study, spike holes filled with the SpikeFast required an average of 1000 lbs. additional force to drive the cut spike into the material.

To measure the withdrawal force the cut spikes were pressed in and pulled out using a large tensile/ compression machine.
LATERAL RESISTANCE TESTING
 
 
The AAR commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of all commercially available tie plugging materials, including wood plugs, polymeric foams, and SpikeFast.

The data indicates that SpikeFast’s lateral resistance was 20% higher than that of previously unspiked hardwood ties.

The lateral test results were obtained by measuring the force needed to laterally deflect a cut spike head 0.2 inches, which simulates rail gage loss (i.e., widening between the rails).

Due to using actual 20 year-old ties with wallowed out spike holes, a wide range of tie integrity, and correspondingly a wide range of analytical results were obtained. Therefore, all tests were conducted 20 to ~50 times, and the results averaged.
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DYNAMIC RAIL ROLL-OVER TESTING
 
 
The results of a dynamic rail roll-over study by a class 1 railroad indicate that SpikeFast’s resistance to rail roll over outperforms wood plugs 2 to 1 and is comparable to virgin oak.

Three million 32,000 lb. loading cycles at 3 Hertz was applied vertically against a rail head (two feet long piece of rail) to simulate wear typically encountered in the field.

Simulated spike holes (3/4” with grain X 1” against grain X 5” deep) were pre-drilled into a virgin tie and filled with candidate plugging materials. The rail head was anchored to a virgin tie with a single rail plate using four cut spikes.

After the loading cycles were completed, the lateral force needed to roll the rail over was measured. Each measurement was performed once.
SPIKEFAST DEFLECTION TESTING- PRELIMINARY
 
 
Preliminary test results indicate that SpikeFast significantly outperforms virgin oak and wood plugs. SpikeFast will continue to be tested until a deflection of ˝” is obtained.

The test used standard cut spikes and standard virgin oak ties with simulated spike holes (3/4” with grain X 1” against grain X 5” deep). A single spike was inserted into a spike hole filled with various plugging materials. A 2000 lb. lateral force was cycled against the spike head. The number of loading cycles to laterally deflect the spike 0.5 inches was then used to compare the performance of candidate spike hole filler materials.

The spike broke with the tests using an oak plug and a virgin oak tie, at the point indicated on the graph. It is speculated that the spikes broke due to loosening of the hole. Additional tests are planned to repeat these tests.
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