What Are Some Types of Gabion Baskets?


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Types of gabion baskets include the Hesco bastion, the mattress and the cage, as well as the wall, trapion, mesh sack, box and the welded box. Made of boxes, cages or cylinders that are filled with rocks, sand, soil or concrete, gabions have applications in landscaping, civil engineering and the military. Gabions can be used for things such as building foundations, levees for flood control, retaining walls, road construction, and as ripraps for erosion control

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Made of collapsible galvanized welded wire mesh on the outside and heavy duty fabric liner on the inside, the Hesco bastion can be filled with soil, sand, stone or cement for such uses as barriers for blasts and small firearms, perimeter and defense walls, and highway checkpoints. It can also serve as equipment revetments, ammunition compounds, personnel and material bunkers, observation points, and explosive and contraband search areas. The baskets are durable, long-lasting, and easy to handle and install.

The gabion mattress has a relatively short height compared to its lateral dimensions. Filled with stone, it is made of hexagonal steel mesh netting and finds applications as erosion control slopes, sides of river beds and channels, and as backing landfills. The mattresses come in various sizes.

Rectangular in shape and made of hexagonal steel mesh, gabion cages can be filled with stones or rocks and used for applications such as flood control, bridge protection and seaport engineering. The cages are collapsible for easy transport and storage, and are economical and durable. The mesh openings allow for trapped sludge that permits plant growth, thereby facilitating integration with the natural environment.

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