Perfect for Dry Cast and Wet Cast Production Methods
200 Series: 4' Span x 2' Rise x 8' Lay Length Form (Basic Size) / Form Strip Production Method
This form is equipped with 5/16" skins, 5/8" joint plates, vibrator mounts and transfer bars, renewable dowel pins, lift hole pins, pallet adjustable guide feet, and pallet latching feet.

Are you looking for ways to stay ahead of the competition or keep up with a changing market? Could you use an exciting addition to your product line?

If you said "yes" to either of the questions, consider our Adjustable Rubber Gasketed Box Culvert Equipment. Our equipment has been designed from start to finish with the producer in mind. Rubber Gasketed Adjustable Box Culvert Equipment provides producers with the ultimate in flexibility. The size of the form can be increased and decreased to produce a wide range of product sizes to meet market requirements. Whether you use a dry cast or wet cast production method, we have a proven solution that will help you set yourself apart from your competition and prepare for the future.

State-of-the-Art Pallets and Headers
As Rubber Gasket Box Culverts gain prominence, it’s critical to provide producers with state-of-the-art pallets and headers that produce flawless joints and stand up to years of use. This is why Besser manufactures our pallet and header components from cast steel and machines them with unrivaled precision.

Heavy-Duty Molds
Our adjustable forms and cores are built to last. Both the form and the core utilize 5/8" joint plates, 5/16" skin, and renewable dowel pins to provide producers with rugged equipment that will last for years.

200 Series: 8' Span x 8' Rise x 6' Lay Length Form, Core, Header, Header Frame and Stripping Yoke (Fully Assembled) / Egg Lay Production Method.
This form and core are equipped with 5/16" skins, 5/8" joint plates, vibrator mounts and transfer bars, renewable dowel pins, lift hole pins, and adjustable pallet guide feet. The header frame is equipped with adjustable header stop arms, vibrator mounts, and header lift pins. The rubber gasketed header is made from cast steel and machined to allow for wall spacers for 6" – 8" walls. The adjustable stripping yoke comes equipped with a rigging package for vertical 4-point pick up on all components.

Contact your Besser Sales Representative or call +1.989.354.4111 for additional information.
The Universal Corner Unit

This universal corner allows you to produce one concrete masonry unit for two different wall systems. The header can be used as a standard 7-5/8” wide corner and it can be easily converted to a 3-5/8” wide L-corner unit by breaking away the back tie and shell. This is a great unit for split face, smooth face, and ground face requirements. Parts can also be designed for 3-5/8” high products.
Additional information about this, or other molds for Besser and competitive model concrete products machines, is available from Brian Budnik, Director of Mold Sales, at or +1.989.354.1012.
Hydraulic System Care

The Besser Technical Service Team reminds you, as temperatures begin changing, that hydraulic system maintenance is critical to efficient equipment operation. If you have any questions after reading the checklist below contact your Besser Technical Service Representative at +1.989.354.4111.

1. Check fluid levels.

- Add oil (if needed) via portable filtration (if available).
- DO NOT MIX OILS! Use the same oil brand and viscosity grade that is being used in the system.

2. Inspect breather caps, breather filters and fill screens.

- DO NOT punch holes in screens to expedite adding oil.

3. Check filter indicators and/or pressure differential gages.

4. Visually inspect all system hoses, pipes, pipe connections for leaks and frays.

- Hydraulic fluid leakage is a common problem for industrial systems.
- Excessive leakage is an environmental and safety hazard, increases waste streams and oil consumption, and, if ignored, can reduce the system capacity enough to overheat the system.

5. Check system temperature via built-in thermometers or hand-held infrared detectors.

- Normal temperature range for most systems is 110-140ºF (43º – 60º C).
- If temperatures are high, check cooler operation and relief valve settings.

6. Visually inspect the inside of the reservoir for signs of aeration (via the fill hole using a flashlight). Aeration is a condition in which discrete bubbles of air are carried along in the stream of oil as it enters the pump.

- Visual signs of aeration in the reservoir are generally foaming and/or little whirlpools taking small gulps of air into the suction strainer.
- Causes of aeration include low fluid levels; air leaks in the suction line; low fluid temperature; fluid is too viscous to release air or maintain suction at the pump; or faulty shaft seals. When air leaks are suspected on the suction line, smothering these points with oil will usually pinpoint the leaks by creating a marked change in pump noise. A pump ingesting air sounds like it is gargling marbles.

7. Listen to the pump for the signs of cavitation. Cavitation is slightly more complicated than aeration but bears some similarities. Cavitation occurs when air is released from the hydraulic oil during momentary depressurization at the pump suction and then imploded onto metal surfaces upon discharge. These implosions are extremely destructive to pump surfaces.

- A cavitating pump will emit a high-pitched whine or scream.
- Causes of cavitation are the same as those of aeration with the exception of suction side air leaks.
How do you discern aeration from cavitation?
- One way is to install a vacuum gage on the suction side and make sure the pressure is equal to or greater than that prescribed by the pump manufacturer.
- Foaming in the reservoir is usually a telltale sign of aeration.

8. Inspect a small sample of fluid for color, signs of contamination and odor.

- Keep in mind that visual inspection is limited and will only detect signs of excess contamination.

9. Scan electrically controlled servo valves with an infrared thermometer.

- High valve and solenoid temperatures (over 150º F/66º C) usually indicate the valve is sticking.

10. Scan the electric drive motor with for housing hot spots and rotor bearing temperatures using an infrared thermometer.

Safety Precautions
Hydraulic systems operate under very high pressures. Shut the system down and relieve system pressure before opening any part of the system that is under pressure. Do not allow spray from any high-pressure leak to contact any part of the body, as serious injection injuries may result. Pumps, valves, and motor may become hot; be cautious of incidental contact between bare skin and hot surfaces. Keep hands and clothing away from moving parts of the system.

(Taken from
Mobil Technical Topic Hydraulic System Care & Maintenance,

We’re here to assist you maintain and troubleshoot your Besser equipment. When you call +1.989.354.1000 please have the model and serial number of your machine (If available) to allow us to quickly access the information that applies to your machine.
Order Your Custom Calendars Today!
Many producers have already placed their orders for these unique calendars. The 2021 calendar will feature projects constructed with concrete products including architectural concrete masonry units, pavers, and segmental retaining wall units. Printed calendars allow you to be in your customers’ and prospects’ offices 24/7, 365 days a year!

Calendar size envelopes are available so you can easily mail them if distributing them in person isn’t an option; mailing calendars gives you the opportunity to include a letter, your business card, or other promotional materials.

For more information contact Terri Grulke at or +1.989.906.1448.
BlockUp® A New Way to Think About a Valuable Building Material
A feature article about BlockUp appeared in the May 2020 issue of Structure, a preeminent magazine geared toward structural engineers.  The article, “The Shape of Things to Come,” discusses the importance of shape and how it drives innovation.

BlockUp is a unique, patented, mortarless, fast-build concrete block system that requires precision height tolerances. Its strength, durability, and flexibility are like concrete masonry, but the system differs in its fast, precise, and efficient assembly. It’s a grouted system that eliminates mortar from its construction, allowing for an installation four times faster than a regular CMU wall. Mechanical levelers at the base course are precisely set and grouted solid, providing a substantial and accurate starter course.

Principals from BlockUp, Steve Hunt, Mark Weber, AIA, and Michael Padden, J.D., continue to collaborate closely with members of the Besser Team, including Brian Budnik, Director of Mold Sales, Bruce Muenchow, Technical Service Representative, and Ryan Wilkinson, Engineering Manager – Molds, to further expand manufacturing capabilities for BlockUp. Testing is being conducted in the complete Besser Vibrapac® plant housed at the World Center for Concrete Technology in Alpena, Michigan. The advancements with processing and mix designs are being documented and will be shared with producers running 3 AAT concrete product machines, particularly those producers that are equipped with Advanced Servo Vibration, (ASV).

Art in Alpena
In 1939 Jesse and Anna Besser built a concrete masonry home on S. First Avenue in Alpena, Michigan upon a lot owned by Anna’s parents.  Since Mr. Besser felt that the quality of aggregate in the Alpena area didn’t meet the requirements for a new home, the custom pinkish color block was made with special aggregate shipped from Wisconsin.
The mid-century modern “Besser” house is now owned by artists Augie and Peggy Matuzak. The pinkish block provides the perfect backdrop for one of Augie’s custom fused glass panel beautifully held by a hand forged stand by Jacob Moss Idema.  The panel’s vivid colors captivate passerbys' eyes during the day, while the shadows cast on the block create visual drama in the evening.

Owners of Alpena’s Forty-Five North Art Gallery, Augie and Peggy enjoy creating new and challenging pieces. Both love taking an idea, either theirs or their customers, and bringing it to life on glass or canvas.
The employee-owners of Besser Company join in wishing you a Happy Independence Day.  

Besser locations in Canada and the United States will be closed on Friday, 3 July as we celebrate our nations' great freedoms and honor those dedicated to preserving them.
Customers can reach us during this time by calling
+1.989.354.1000 or 1.800.530.9991
for technical support or for urgent parts requests.

During this time please email orders to; parts ordered during this time will be processed the next business day.
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