KPI-JCI Featured on New Discovery Channel Series

Fri October 26, 2012 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Photo courtesy of KPI-JCI. Charlie Evans of Cal-Crush / Maxim Equipment is interviewed by the
Photo courtesy of KPI-JCI. Charlie Evans of Cal-Crush / Maxim Equipment is interviewed by the "What a Tool" production crew.

KPI-JCI’s FT3055 jaw crusher and FT200+ cone crusher took on a starring role in the April 21st episode of the Discovery Channel’s “What a Tool”, television show. The Discovery Channel series began airing on April 14th and features big tools from across the country, their necessity in everyday life and their unrivaled power. Each episode explores the use of massive tools through the eyes of the tool itself and their operators. With the FT3055 and the FT200 boasting over 100,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds respectively, these massive tools flaunt their impressive capabilities.

“I think the sheer volume of rock that can be crushed by these two machines is what will amaze the viewers,” said Mike Johnson, VP of Sales and Marketing for KPI-JCI. “It’s a better way to crush than in times past and other parts of the world.” The quarry, located in Ridgecrest, California, hosted the production crew for two and a half days in April of 2009. The crew spoke with the machine operators, KPI-JCI product managers and the quarry operators and KPI-JCI dealers, Cal-Crush/Maxim Equipment, to learn all there was to know about the FT3055 and the FT200+. The entire system located in the quarry also included a FT6203 track mounted horizontal screen and operated the FT3055 as the primary crusher. The featured system was steadily producing nearly 1.2 million pounds of rock per hour.

The FT3055 jaw crusher works very similar to a human jaw, crushing large rocks into small rocks with crushing capacity of up to 700 tons per hour. The FT200+ cone crusher acts more like a juicer in the regard that it gets pressed around a cylindrical plate and the rock is forced to break apart into smaller pieces which fall out of the bottom of the crusher at a rate of up to 400 tons per hour. “These crushers are a valuable tool to any quarry operation, with the added technology of the hydraulic relief system on the cone, you just can’t go wrong,” added Johnson.

The television show runs Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m. CDT on the Discovery Channel. To watch the KPI-JCI episode of “What a Tool” just visit our YouTube channel at

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