A Good Foundation for Your Compact Impact Crusher Matters
Keeping Your Compact Impact Crusher Level Keeps Your Cost Down
Compact impact crushers give you the freedom to roam around and tackle virtually any jobsite. Some places where you crush are not the most ideal places. Whether you crush in a tight backyard or a wide-open field you must deal with the individual challenges the jobsite brings along.
The soil your crusher sits on has a tremendous impact on your crushing operation. A house needs a good foundation and so does your tracked crusher. If you neglect the ground, you place your crusher on, you can run into production and premature wear issues. If you consider a few simple rules, you will make more money with your compact impact crusher.
Portable compact crushers are built to work best when they are level. If your pad is uneven, you risk losing production and face increased wear and less throughput.
Most crusher housings of any mobile compact crusher are level on top. Place a level on top of the crusher housing to check if your crusher is level from side to side and front to back.
If your compact crusher leans to one side, you will see more wear on one side of the crusher. In the case of a compact impact crusher, you will see more hammer wear on one side. Without an even wear across the entire width of your crusher hammers, you waste money because you can’t utilize the entire hammer.
If the machine leans back your feed material might not get conveyed forward properly. On the other hand, when the machine tilts forward the material might flow too fast in your crusher and cause a blockage. In addition, if you operate a closed-circuit impact crusher with a screen attachment, your screen angle doesn’t operate with the ideal angle, and you lose production.
The biggest flex of a mobile compact crusher over a fixed (chassis or skid-mounted) crusher is that you can move your crusher easily at the end of the day. Naturally, fine dust and rocks build up underneath a crusher. If the tail of your main discharge conveyor starts rubbing in the dust you face premature conveyor belt wear, catch rocks in the tail drum that cause a blockage, or damage your conveyor belt seals.
Keeping the underneath of the crusher clear reduces the risk of damage and downtime during the day. Moving your tracked crusher a few feet back in the morning to clean and level the pad again before you continue your operation doesn't hurt.
Vibrations, a heavy machine, and a soft underground don’t go well with each other. If you operate your tracked compact crusher in a green field or on mushy soil, you risk sinking in. When the crusher starts sinking in, your machine is not level anymore, and your tail conveyor might touch the ground, causing more trouble.
Use some of the crushed material to build a more robust pad to avoid sinking in with your machine.