What this car crusher sacrifices in its final product’s denseness is more than made up for by its efficiency.
The cars we drive are mostly air, and scrap dealers are paid by the pound, not by volume. So squeezing the air out of cars means they can fit more of them onto a trailer. Cramming more cars onto a trailer reduces transportation charges, adding to the dealer’s profits.
Squeezing the air out of a car, or course, means crushing it. Car crushers come in a variety of configurations. Some crush cars in sections to make ultra-dense bales. But crushing a car in several “bites” takes time. Other machines crush cars from several directions to produce dense “logs.” And even though they may not turn out cars as dense and compact as other crushers, platform crushers work quickly, and can even crush more than one car at a time.
One such platform crusher is the Impact V, from Al-Jon Mfg. LLC, Ottumwa, Iowa. Al-Jon is a family owned and operated manufacturer founded more than 50 years ago. In addition to car crushers, which the company first introduced in 1964, Al-Jon also designs and builds landfill compactors and balers — all of which rely heavily on hydraulics. The Impact V comes mounted to a standard semi trailer, enabling it to be easily transported to different locations or moved around a scrap yard. It can be operated by a single person either manually or by radio remote control. The machine’s crushing chamber is 20-ft long, 84-in. wide, and 90-in. high with the lid fully raised. When fully lowered, the lid moves to within 9-in. of the lower bed.