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Compact crushers play pivotal roles in recycling jobs

In March 2019, Terex Corporation announced a new manufacturing facility in Derry, Northern Ireland, at an investment of £12 million ($AUD218,807,400). The new 9755m2 (105,000ft2) manufacturing facility will focus on the design, manufacture and development of product lines for Terex Ecotec (waste management and recycling) and Terex Conveying Systems products.

The site purchased for the new facility – Terex Campsie, which will be operational later this year – consisted of an existing building and ground area that needed redevelopment to meet Terex’s operational and manufacturing requirements. This included the processing of construction and demolition (C&D) waste that resulted from clearance of old blockwork and building rubble from internal walls, and concrete and plinths from the yard.

This C&D material provided the Terex EvoQuip Cobra 290 impact crusher with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities by crushing the material to be reused instead of sending it to landfill – saving money and reducing the environmental impact.

The material was initially broken up by an excavator and rock hammer and then processed through the Cobra 290 to create a usable product, which was then applied as a base layer on the site for new concrete roads that are strong enough to handle the expected number of trucks. “The Cobra eliminated the need to purchase new material for the road base layer,” said Kieran Devlin, the operations manager of Terex Campsie. “It also meant we did not have to pay to send material to landfill, resulting in great financial savings for us and reduced environmental impact.”

The Terex Campsie site clearance generated more than 650m3 of inert waste material that would have ended up in landfill if the Cobra 290 had not processed it. The environmental impact as a result of processing on-site was greatly reduced, as it also eliminated the need for virgin raw materials and significantly reduced the number of truck movements.

Comparing the costs of disposal, truck hire, landfill levies and imported stones for blinding against the costs of hiring the Cobra 290, stockpiling rubble, loading the crusher, depositing on-site and various allowances for separating out and salvaging rebar – for residual non-crushed concrete for disposal, and for reuse of surplus – there were also financial savings of about £9000 ($AUD16,410).

Perfect solution for roads

As work began on the Terex Campsie site, a Terex EvoQuip Cobra 230 impact crusher began operating for a recycling and plant hire firm in Wadebridge, Cornwall, in the southwest of England.

With more than 20 years’ experience, ME Coad specialises in all areas of contract crushing and screening and provides a cost-effective materials recycling service across Wadebridge, Padstow, Bodmin, Rock, St Austell and surrounding areas.

Proprietor Mark Coad established himself as an agricultural contractor in 1997 at his site in Wadebridge. Over the years the company has expanded into plant hire and recycling. In 2010 he started recycling C&D waste from plant hire jobs using Powerscreen screening and crushing equipment. Due to an increase in demand in 2012, the company expanded its recycling operations to Kestle Quarry, near Bodmin. Today the site operates as an inert recycled aggregates processing centre and produces a wide range of clean, saleable stone and soil products from the recycled C&D materials.

Coad had previously operated a competitor crusher, but he didn’t like the design feature that required an operator to stand on the platform at the entrance to the impact chamber, while material was fed into the machine. He required a new machine that would improve health and safety and working conditions on-site. The new machine also had to be compact enough for Coad and his team to take it to sites located down narrow Cornish roads. In the past, the firm had trouble taking its old crusher to jobs and was missing out on business at smaller jobs.

The EvoQuip Cobra 230 has been designed to enhance the profitability of small- to medium-sized operators such as ME Coad. It offers productivity, versatility and fuel efficiency, as well as quick set-up times, intuitive operation and ease of transport. The Cobra 230’s compact length and height (9.3m and 3m respectively) made it the ideal machine for Coad and his operation.

“I chose the Cobra 230 because of its compact size and it has already proved its worth,” Coad said. “I have completed two jobs already, where I have had to go down a narrow farm track and do a 90-degree turn. With my previous crusher, I would have never got it onto site. It’s also great how I can fit it onto a low loader trailer combined with an eight-tonne swing shovel, meaning I can take all the equipment needed for the job on one load.”

Coad added that over the years he’d had a variety of crushers but none had been compact enough or the ones that were didn’t have the same value for money as the Cobra 230.

In Australia, the distributors of Terex EvoQuip mobile plant and equipment are Tricon Equipment (New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria) and OPS Screening & Crushing Equipment (Western Australia and the Northern Territory).

Source: Terex EvoQuip

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