PJL extends fleet with fifth Sandvik crusher

By Steve Ducker23 June 2016

PJ Labour (PJL) started life around 30 years ago specialising in reclaim. It has grown into a demolition contractor and site clearance operation employing 50 people, mainly on a subcontractor basis.

Today its contract crushing operations generate 15% of an annual turnover in excess of £7 million (US$10.5 million). It is the only demolition and site clearance contractor to offer its crushing services at a daily rate, with many of the UK’s leading demolition contractors making use of its skills.

According to PJL managing director Paul Harris: “From a machine point of view, the QJ241 does everything that I want it to do. It is the smallest machine in the Sandvik range and is in reality a true city crusher.

“Ninety per cent of what we do is small site city work where we need this size of crusher, although it can handle small jobs and large jobs equally well. I am more than happy with the size and capabilities of the QJ241.”

The QJ241 has a number of features that particularly appeal to Paul.

He said: “I like the machine’s integrated hydraulic conveyor that can be lowered to help in clearing blockages, the reverse crush capability that is now a must on a crusher to allow the processing of sticky material as well as clearing blockages, and finally the autolube system.

“This eliminates the risk of the machine not being sufficiently serviced daily by its operator. If the bearing is not adequately and regularly greased, then it might be damaged and need replacing.

“A fitter is required to do that and there is a cost for that, of course, that adds to the cost of the resulting downtime. Autolube is therefore a must.”

Paul is currently considering whether to acquire a sixth unit.

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