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Kobelco SK210-D Makes Quick Work of Cars at Wilbert's U-Pull It

Tue August 21, 2018 - Northeast Edition #17
Sondra Rossi – CEG EDITORIAL ASSISTANT



At the base of the machine is a clamping arm, which can grip, lift and turn the entire vehicle, improving the overall process efficiencies. The Wilbert clan welcomes its new Kobelco SK210D-10 to the family. Everything imaginable is recycled and resold from the more than 10,000 vehicles a year processed at Wilbert’s, including the windshield wiper fluid. Wilbert’s tire shop — every tire is removed from each vehicle with the hopes that it has enough tread for resale. Customers can pull up to the Wilbert’s tire shop, buy a re-used set of tires and be on their way. This apparatus tilts a vehicle from side to side so that lubricants such as motor oil and transmission fluid are completely drained from the vehicle and recycled. This Liehberr loader was recently purchased from Tracey Road Equipment Thousands of cars are meticulously organized and placed so that customers can quickly locate the vehicle they need to reuse the part they are looking for. On the day of delivery, Tracey Road Equipment Kobelco specialists are brought in to train Wilbert employees on maintenance and operation.

There's an expression that says “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”

In the case of the Kobelco SK210-D, despite the machine's parts commonality with standard excavators, the machine is decidedly not an excavator.

The SK210-D is a car dismantler, and Tracey Road Equipment recently sold one to Wilbert's U-Pull It in Williamson, N.Y.

For automobile recycling facilities such as Wilbert's, the Kobelco car dismantler brings with it a host of advantages. The speed and accuracy of dismantling automobiles is increased four-fold over hand dismantling, giving substantial savings in labor costs — rather than requiring a team of workers to dismantle a car, the car can be dismantled with one machine and one operator.

The Kobelco SK210-D is uniquely adept at dismantling complex items, which can dramatically reduce the potential for contaminants affecting the environment, according to the manufacturer.

The dismantling machine is designed to take apart vehicle bodies, engines and other metal components with safe, efficient operation. The machine is equipped with two specialized crushers for different dismantling tasks — one is suited for small scale separation and sorting, including small parts such as electrical fittings and harnesses; a second crusher has a more powerful grab and increased cutting force, strong enough to cut through chassis and frames.

At the base of the machine is a clamping arm, which can grip, lift and turn the entire vehicle, improving the overall process efficiencies.

Over the past two decades, the price of scrap has experienced significant volatility. Today, it is far more important than ever that recycling facilities maximize their efficiencies. By pre-dismantling an automobile, profits can be maximized by separating out high value recyclable materials, such as aluminum and copper wiring.

Thousands of Vehicles in Inventory … Ready to Be Recycled

At the U-Pull It facility, every part of the automobile that can be recycled is recycled, including tires, wheels, and even lubricants and windshield washer fluid.

Wilbert's currently has 4,500 vehicles in inventory and is processing approximately 10,000 vehicles a year. The company has grown from having 20 employees in 2000 to currently employing more than 120 people. For its full-service parts operations, the Internet has expanded the company's reach to where it can now fill orders and ship worldwide.

Wilbert's has received approvals from many insurance companies to provide body parts for auto repairs. To keep that relationship in place, quality products must be delivered every time. The company offers warranties on many of its parts, so it is critical that the parts that are shipped have been tested and are in good operating order. The company's secondary focus is having the cleanest and greenest facility in New York State. A tremendous investment has been made in equipment that will allow Wilbert's to recycle as much of the automobile as possible with little or no environmental impact.

Daily Operations Require a Fleet of Iron

Running the day-to-day operations of its facilities requires that Wilbert's owns a fleet of construction equipment, including crawlers for yard maintenance and expansion, telehandlers for transporting vehicles, wheel loaders and compact tractors. Over the past couple of years, they have done an increased amount of business with Tracey Road Equipment, including the purchase of two Liehberr loaders and a Dieci telehandler.

The experience of purchasing these three machines and the support that the company has received afterwards made the Wilbert family very comfortable with the decision to purchase the Kobelco SK210D-10.

“We have been using an older Kobelco dismantler for some time,” said Ronald Wilbert. “We were introduced to the technology by another U-Pull It business. That machine is a model 135, much smaller than the model we are purchasing.

“The Kobelco 135 has had a long life and it's time to be put to rest. With the increased horsepower, size, reach and torque of the new machine, along with advancements that Kobelco has made with the controls, we are very comfortable that our dismantling production will increase dramatically.”

About Wilbert's

Founded in 1952 by Arthur Wilbert, the company is now run by his children: Ronald, Richard, Peter. A third generation of Wilbert's is now entering the business. There are currently eight grandchildren that are in different phases of entering the business.

According to Peter Wilbert, Arthur worked for a local Buick dealership in the 1940's. He left there to start his own repair facility that specialized in repairing Buicks. Along the way, he started buying salvage Buicks and stripping parts, both for his own use and to supply to other mechanics and repair facilities.

In 2000, the Wilbert children made the decision to focus solely on the parts business, and today, the company has three facilities offering a full range of recycled, domestic, and import auto and light truck parts.

In addition to the Williamson, N.Y., location, a second U-Pull It facility is currently opening in Bath, N.Y. Wilbert also has two full-service locations — one in Webster, N.Y., and the other in Ontario, N.Y. — where parts that have already been removed from salvage vehicles and tested are available for purchase off the shelf.

For more information about Wilbert's U-Pull It, visit www.wilberts.com/u-pull-it/.

About Tracey Road Equipment

Located in East Syracuse, N.Y., Tracey Road Equipment offers a complete range of new and used sales and rental equipment, as well as service, parts, warranty and financing capabilities.

For more information about Tracey Road Equipment, visit www.traceyroad.com.