Florida Contractor Takes Control of Concrete, C&D Debris, and Asphalt with UltraMax® 1400-45
D.L. Rees, Inc. was literally facing a mountain — more than 210,000 tons — of raw concrete, rough chunks of asphalt, and slabby airport runway.
Ty Rees, vice president of this major contractor and landfill business located just south of Orlando, Florida, says the Eagle Crusher UltraMax® 1400-45 more than answered the challenge by crushing 120,000 tons of raw concrete, 75,000 tons of slabby airport runway, and 20,000 tons of asphalt.
“It takes big stuff, small stuff, reinforced concrete — and our UltraMax 1400-45 handled it all with minimal wear,” Rees says. “We had a lot of long concrete, but the machine is able to crush it with no problem.”
“This machine has eliminated the majority of the flaws in the recycling process,” says D.L. Rees operations manager Vinni Galtieri.
Galtieri dumps curbs, footers, sidewalk, various sizes of underground utility boxes, high-density airport runway, and asphalt into the 18' x 7' feed hopper. The UltraMax 1400-45, with its 9-ton sculptured, solid-steel rotor and 3-stage crushing action, churns out four different products at the same time. It produces two cubical primary products, 3/8" to 1 1/2" Florida state 57 spec. D.L. Rees also produces the 1 1/2" oversize ordered by nearby Universal Studios, which uses it as heavy-duty road base for its heavy equipment sites. The crusher's magnetic separator recovers rebar, steel mesh, and other ferrous contaminants to generate even more revenue.
“You can't choke the UltraMax 1400-45,” Galtieri says. “The crusher will just keep on going. It's capable of doing anywhere from 300 to 400 TPH. I run it at a little slower pace.”
The UltraMax 1400-45 offers a 56" x 35" feed opening and delivers a reduction ratio of 24:1. It's also portable, with easy, quick setting adjustments and a gas-powered, hydraulic lift/leveling system to reduce set-up and tear-down time.
Galtieri says the design of the crusher is as impressive as its production and durability.
“I would tell someone to look basically at the rotor design, because that is the heart of the unit itself,” Galtieri emphasizes. “To my knowledge, Eagle is the only manufacturer in the industry to offer a solid rotor. One piece is better than multiple pieces.”
Galtieri calls Eagle Crusher's service after the sale just as important as the unique design of the UltraMax 1400-45. D.L. Rees sought dependability when they went on their crusher hunt, and the company found just that with Eagle Crusher.
“Their parts department must inventory a complete machine on the shelves, because I've had a situation where we were down and they shipped to me overnight,” Galtieri says. “I received the part and we were up-and-running the next day. They're probably the most accommodating people I've ever dealt with.”
Galtieri appreciates the virtually trouble-free, diverse processing of the UltraMax 1400-45. It has been an asset in reducing the huge piles of recyclable materials into saleable product.
“As far as recommending it to someone, if they were considering setting up an operation close to us. . .no, I wouldn't recommend it,” Galtieri says laughing. “If it was somebody who's going to be out of town. . .yeah, this is the way to go.”