Key factors to consider when buying a new tracked jaw crusher
Buyers considering their options when it comes to tracked jaw crushers have a number of factors in mind as they conduct their search. For many of them, the decision comes down to how the machine performs in terms of cost and efficiency, the reliability of the unit, and the strength of dealer support for each particular model.
"It is important that consumers look at the overall cost per produced ton and not just the equipment price," said Daryl Todd, president of Frontline Machinery, which sells and services Keestrack jaw crushers. "For instance, what output does the equipment provide, what fuel consumption does the machine use, how easy is the machine to maintain and access or replace parts, does the machine provide an energy-efficient electric option? By taking all these into consideration, you get a true perspective on your total costs per ton and the value of the equipment versus price."
When machines need to change roles on a site or between sites, adaptability is essential, according to Metso product manager Jouni Hulttinen.
"Mobile plants typically need to be quickly adaptable to different operational requirements. Ability to support a wide range of applications is a must," he said. "Downtime basically means lost revenue - therefore the plant must be reliable. Access to a service network and parts availability are of course very important for our customers."
For some operations, an often overlooked consideration is ensuring the new machine will work well with other equipment in the pit, according to John O'Neill, vice president of sales for crusher manufacturer McCloskey. Matching the primary processing machine to suit other equipment, such as the feed loader or feed excavator, will optimize operations. McCloskey's customers also find it important to consider climate conditions when it comes to picking a machine.
"Climate considerations are key influencers in the decision process, along with altitude and topography. The grade of steel used, the configuration of hydraulic system or the oil cooling system in hot climates can all impact the performance of the crusher," O'Neill said. "Jaw crushers that can be deployed with either an Arctic Kit or High Ambient Kit can ensure the machine is operating at peak without being compromised by its surroundings. R&D and product development that allows for adaptation based on regional needs is critical."
Flexibility is a growing need for buyers of crushers - the ability to handle multiple applications expands a machine's earning power.
"The crusher should be able to handle the requested application, but often it is not just one single application - for example, in recycling applications the feed material and final product changes on a regular basis, so the crusher should be a multi-functional tool for crushing and screening challenges," said Norbert Dieplinger, international business development manager for SBM Mineral Processing.
A common theme among manufacturers is the need for good dealer support, from the first inquiry through the sales process to deployment and later service.
"A manufacturer has to be the best value for all parties involved in the decision making, from the purchasing department to the crews running the machine," said Paul McLaren, technical sales manager for Kleemann. "Dealer support has a huge influence on a customer when purchasing a machine. If the support has to come from the other side of the province, or even out of province, this causes huge issues with service and parts support availability, ultimately affecting uptime production and ownership costs."