Palmetto Recycling Finds Complete Scrap Handling Solution

Tue May 24, 2016 - Southeast Edition

This Green Efficiency 818 M E-Series is used on a Sennebogen grapple to maximize its productivity.
This Green Efficiency 818 M E-Series is used on a Sennebogen grapple to maximize its productivity.
This Green Efficiency 818 M E-Series is used on a Sennebogen grapple to maximize its productivity. (L-R) are John Grant, Neil Morris and Robbie Childers, operator, all of Carolina Salvage.

When Palmetto Recycling chose a Sennebogen purpose-built scrap handler, the company went for the complete package deal.

John Grant had recently come onboard as general manager of Carolina Salvage, a full-service automotive recycler near Charlotte, N,C., Grant had plenty of experience with heavy equipment and knew that since the firm had been experiencing difficulties with its existing machines, that it was time to consider a new one.

His employer, Neil Morris, is a third-generation recycler. His grandfather first went into the scrap business in 1931, and his family had been operating Carolina Salvage since 2009. The two men got their first look at a Sennebogen scrap handler at a trade show, and agreed to look further into the green machines.

“We checked them out online,” said Grant, “and watched a number of videos to see how they run. We could see that these were well-built machines, so we called ASC.”

ASC Construction Equipment, Sennebogen's distributor in the Carolinas, had Rob Jordan, material-handling specialist, follow up with Carolina Salvage. Morris and Grant took delivery of a new purpose-built Sennebogen 818 M rubber-tired material handler.

Speed, Strength and Precision

“We chose the 818 M because it's compact enough to maneuver in tight lanes, but it's big enough and strong enough to do the job,” Grant said.

Up to 90 percent of the material handled at Carolina Salvage is cars and trucks. The scrap handler dedicates most of its time to loading cars onto trucks. For the balance of its shifts, the machine moves mixed materials for sorting, separating aluminum, ferrous material and large components, including transmissions and engine blocks. A forklift is used to load cars onto the crusher.

“We went with the rubber-tired model. I had tracked machines in the past, but our yard is level and packed down,” said. “We have about 30 acres, and the machine has to travel about 100 yards on each circuit. With wheels, it has the speed to cover the ground pretty quickly. Our operator just loves it moving around the facility. The 'creature comforts' and the ergonomics in the cab work for him. It's very stable, even with the cab fully elevated. On top of that, the dual cameras help to give us a much safer environment for our employees and our customers.”

One-Stop Solution

To round out the package, ASC equipped its 818 with Sennebogen's own orange peel grapple. The company feels that the attachment reflects the same quality as the 818 machine.

“It's well built. The cylinders are nice and protected, and the cut-off valves make it easy to work with from a servicing perspective,” they noted. “The handling is very precise, with a good touch on the hydraulics.”

After seven months of operation, Grant is convinced that his Sennebogen solution was the right choice for Palmetto Recycling.

“With the 818's automatic shutdown feature and great fuel economy, the fuel savings make the economics very good for us. ASC is a new supplier for us. We're very pleased with what we've seen and we're now considering ASC for some additional equipment we need.”

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