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Extend a crusher’s life with regular maintenance

By |  December 14, 2015

Abrasive materials such as aggregates, sand and gravel, found in a variety of construction and road-building applications, expose crushers to the risk of excessive wear. This wear can cause even greater damage to the machine if not kept in check.

Damaged components slow production processes and result in additional expenses and downtime. Complete regular maintenance and cleaning is necessary to reach a crusher’s maximum lifespan.

Here are four wear components you should check regularly to reach that max lifespan:

  1. Blow bars. As a fundamental element in the crushing process, blow bars come in contact with abrasive material at great speed and force when moving materials. These parts require daily inspections and, if worn or damaged, warrant replacement.
  2. Curtain anvils. Like blow bars, curtain anvils also come in contact with and take the impact of abrasive material while crushing moving material. For optimal performance, inspect daily and replace if worn or damaged.
  3. Screen cloth. Screen cloth sorts and separates crushed material. Examine the screen cloth for left-behind debris. To prevent potential screening problems, clean the screening cloth by hand.
  4. Belts. Belts take on the impact of the crushed material while moving it. Check conveyors for loose, punctured or broken belts. If damaged, make the proper adjustments or repairs.

Small imbalances inside crusher components can lead to substantial, expensive problems. Daily, comprehensive inspections identify issues such as broken or worn parts, debris buildup and loose components.

Keep units serviced, making sure wear parts remain properly secured. A well-maintained crusher leads to several more years of service and more profit when it comes time to resell.

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Allison Kral

About the Author:

Allison Kral is the former senior digital media manager for North Coast Media (NCM). She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University where she received a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She works across a number of digital platforms, which include creating e-newsletters, writing articles and posting across social media sites. She also creates content for NCM's Portable Plants magazine, GPS World magazine and Geospatial Solutions. Her understanding of the ever-changing digital media world allows her to quickly grasp what a target audience desires and create content that is appealing and relevant for any client across any platform.

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