Mike Levell says he and his family business have been easing their way into the auto shredding business. With their latest move up to a 4,000 HP, 6085 auto shredder last April, Carter Lake, Iowa-based Lakeside Auto Recyclers has picked up the pace, and there's no time for time off!
"It's a full-throttle lifestyle," Levell says. With the new shredder, he found that his previous material handler couldn't keep up with the challenge. "It didn't have the best balance, and it needed a lot of maintenance and downtime. I wanted something more suitable for this kind of production - a more reliable machine."
More bang for the buck
Levell had spent some time travelling to other recycling yards to see their shredder operations. What he saw convinced him that Lakeside needed a new SENNEBOGEN machine to feed his 6085.
"I got down to two possible material handler lines. I really gravitated to the way the SENNEBOGENs are designed, and I learned that their service and support is really great," he said.
In April, after the 6085 was commissioned, Lakeside took delivery of a new SENNEBOGEN 840 M. This model is a rubber-tired 117,000 lb. (53,000 kg) purpose-built machine powered by a 305 HP (227 kW) Cummins engine. Levell had it fitted with SENNEBOGEN's orange peel grapple.