Crush is a customer of Powerscreen Distributor, Blue Group, and is a specialist crushing and screening contractor based in South Wales. They run and own an extensive list of plants that enable them to deal with customers’ crushing and screening needs quickly and effectively.
Ben Sherratt, operations director with Crush, said, “We had the XH320X on test for 9 months and were delighted with its performance. We tested the machine on a variety of applications including recycled asphalt, limestone and grit stone. The impressive performance of the XH320X test machine along with our direct input on design from a customer perspective allowed us to be involved in the final design which took on board the varying applications that a contractor has to work. This created a design which is much more flexible and suited to a crushing contractors need for versatility that ultimately lead us to purchasing one of the first production machines.”
The machine initially worked on highly abrasive grit stone to test the apron, hammer and rotor strength and durability, it impressed the customer with good results including high output, minimal wear, good fuel consumption and good reduction. They also commented on the robust design, easy set-up, ease of maintenance and build quality of the machine. In this application, the XH320X impact crusher produced an average of 180 tonnes per hour and a consistent 8000 tonnes per week, however Mr Sherratt said, “once it was moved to a recycled asphalt application it really excelled. When working on mixed recycled asphalt, the XH320X machine really performed giving a very good consistent reduction.”
Recent increases in the cost of asphalt paving materials, namely oils used in the bitumen cements and aggregates, has created an urgent need for new asphalt recycling technologies.
Recycling asphalt reduces:
- Operating costs
- Carbon footprint
- Transportation costs
- Land fill tax
“We currently employ a modern fleet of 32 machines, mainly Powerscreen equipment, including jaws, cones, impactors and various screens,” said Mr Sherratt. “With a strong environmental agenda, we choose new mobile products carefully to ensure the company’s fleet helps reduce our customers’ carbon footprint, delivering efficiency savings in both fuel consumption and operational costs while not compromising output.”
Powerscreen® XH320X Impact Crusher
The XH320X crusher has been developed to incorporate a fully independent hydraulically driven pre-screen, which will improve fines removal and reduce chamber wear costs for the customer. To coincide with the independent pre-screen feature, a hydraulically folding extended side conveyor with a stockpile height of 3.7 metres has been added to the machine.
The Powerscreen impact crusher is ideally suited to medium-hard, mildly abrasive materials down to a cubical, well graded product size in a single pass. The Hydraulic Apron Adjustment / Control system allows for the production of a high quality cubically shaped finished product and with the additional optional grinding path, for further reduction, allows the XH320X to produce even smaller consistent product gradation when required.
The hopper capacity has also been increased by the addition of hopper extensions which also can be hydraulically folded for transport. The new hopper design incorporates hydraulic locking pins for rapid setup time and removes the need for manual wedges.
The XH320X crusher has a full length product conveyor which is ideal for quarry applications with optional under pan feeder for recycled applications where steel may be in the material. There is also the option of an extended hydraulically folding product conveyor which increases the stockpile height to 4 metres.
The XH320X can be powered by a Tier 3/Stage IIIA-compliant CAT C9 Acert 242kW (325hp) engine or a Tier 4i/Stage IIIB-compliant Scania DC9 83A 257kW (350hp) engine.