Plant & Equipment

Swiss-designed impact crusher makes mark in the Darling Downs

He has 30 years’ experience in the quarrying industry, with 15 years of that as operations manager for a major New South Wales contractor, where he gained a wealth of experience in the operation, design and maintenance of both static and mobile crushing and screening plants.

This experience has been critical to the success of the company, and along with son Ben, who himself has more than 10 years’ experience in the civil construction and mining industries, there is not much these two have not seen.

In January 2013, Hutchison Quarries, based in Warwick, Queensland, decided to purchase a track-mounted Gipo R131S impact crusher, fitted with a 16’ x 5’ on-board screen.

“At the time of purchasing the machine there was no other machine on the market that was even close to the build quality of the Gipo,” operations supervisor Ben Hutchison said. “All components, from the hydraulic hoses and motors to the pre-screen and crusher, are all high end and have not faulted in any way since the purchase of the machine.”

The unit has added great value to an already successful and well managed company, and the lack of downtime from the crusher, plus its reliability and productivity, has given the management peace of mind to get on with the day to day running of the business.

“The hanging screen on the machine has handled everything the crusher is capable of, with tonnages at 330 tonnes per hour of 26mm minus roadbase type products,” Ben Hutchison said. “The design and engineering of the screen frame and return conveyor is extremely practical and can be split, if necessary, in 10 minutes.

“The crusher is extremely well designed and assembled, making maintenance and wear part change-outs very easy and time-efficient.

“Wear parts used in the machine have proven to wear very well and are extremely easy to turn and replace. The crushing chamber is very accessible and work- friendly when completely opened for maintenance tasks. The engine bay is well designed, with access to most areas of the engine and its components.”

Screenmasters Australia has worked closely with Hutchison Quarries on the successful delivery of the R131 and continues to provide support as the company grows.

“There would be no hesitation to purchase another Gipo machine in the future from Screenmasters, as its product support and supply of wear parts has been extremely reliable,” Ben Hutchison said.

Gipo crushers are 100 per cent manufactured in Switzerland. All manufacturing is done in-house, ensuring the highest of quality control standards and quality components. Gipo has been manufacturing track-mounted crushing plant since the early 1980s, and indeed built the first track-mounted jaw crusher, exhibited in Germany in 1987.

It has gone on to make hundreds of track-mounted jaw crushers and impact crushers, with many of these units still working after more than 30,000 operational hours.

Gipo crushers use little to no automation and operate only diesel/hydraulic systems, which allows the operator to do his own “troubleshooting”, should it prove necessary, without calling on the manufacturer for expensive support when the automated system fails.

Screenmasters carries a full range of Gipo machines and spare parts, available from any one of its three depots in Queensland, Central NSW and Sydney. 


Source: Screenmasters Australia

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