Word of mouth and positive reviews enabled Andrew Hesketh to choose the Lincom crushing range, and he hasn’t looked back since investing in his “good business partners”.
Andrew Hesketh was born and bred in Greenbushes, a timber and mining town in southwest Western Australia.
The Greenbushes mine has produced lithium concentrate since 1985 and is one of the largest lithium mines in the world.
As a young man, Hesketh was inspired to start his own business that could recycle the blasting waste at the mine, turning it into road base.
“The nearest quarries were 100km away,” he told Quarry. “I saw an opportunity there – it was a lot of material going to waste. Now, they’re re-using it on projects sites and the local community.”
Powering this operation is a fleet of powerful crushing and screening equipment. As his company grew, Hesketh wanted to grow its fleet. In particular, he wanted to add a direct drive system.
“The crushing industry is pretty small, we have friends in other businesses and heard good reviews about the Powerscreen 1300 Maxtrak,” he said.
The Powerscreen 1300 Maxtrak is a medium to large sized mobile cone crusher, ideal for secondary applications such as taking in feed from a primary crusher. It is based around the 1300 Automax cone crusher and excels in the production of sub-base or aggregates, providing excellent cubicity, throughput and reduction ratios.
Hesketh already had several Powerscreen machines in his fleet, and had worked with the company’s distributor, Lincom, for around 15 years.
“We’d heard from other people in the industry that once you use the 1300, you’d want a whole fleet of them because of how good a machine it is,” Hesketh said.
“Lincom are good business partners. Their backup and spare parts have been really good, and they’ve got a team of technicians on call as well.”
Lincom’s team can provide technical support and troubleshooting where necessary and are prepared to travel long distances to ensure the machines keep running.
Maximising availability is crucial in many crushing applications, as many are 24/7 operations. John van der Sluys, quarry manager at Mobile Concreting Solutions (MCS), said the 1300 Maxtrak’s reliability was a crucial part of why the business selected the machine.
The cone crusher is being used as a secondary unit to process iron ore at a remote operation in the Goldfields of WA. It has been placed after a jaw and scalper, crushing the product to a 35mm size, with a recirc from the final product screen.
Van der Sluys told Quarry that MCS was looking to purchase a cone that was versatile in different applications.
“We were looking for a machine that will work in either iron ore or in hard rock quarries, as many of our machines move between these operations,” he said.
“Particularly in hard rock quarries, a machine that can be used as a secondary or as a tertiary crusher is of great benefit, and the 1300 Maxtrak is proven in both.”
When MCS purchased the machine in early October, it was floated almost 1000kms to a site near Wiluna. After being tracked off the float, it was walked straight into the circuit after a basic inspection and commissioned immediately by a technician from Lincom who had travelled up from Perth.
Since then, it has been crushing day and night in the circuit achieving more than 550 tph total throughput. Its first down time came when it was due for its first liner change, given its processing of an abrasive ore.
Van der Sluys said the machine is known for its ability to achieve good throughput, but also good particle shape, which is important for many aggregate products.
The roller bearing crusher is also capable of crushing very hard rock with good reduction ratios. An overpressure system helps protect the crusher from damage when and if steel or similar enters the chamber.
“Lincom have supported MCS in the past with timely parts back up. As with any operation, but more so when running 24/7 a long way from external help, having good quality parts being supplied when required is crucial to achieving good crusher availability.”
“The Maxtrak 1300 has proven to be a reliable and cost-effective machine in a range of applications. With the back up of Lincom as the agent and the availability of quality parts and wear liners, the Maxtrak cone crushers are a very good choice for multiple applications,” he said. •
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