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Versatile ALLU Screener Crusher Fills Need for Variety of Markets

The more versatile a piece of equipment is, the more it is able to fit a variety of markets and meet a variety of needs.

Fri June 19, 2015 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The goal for any rental professional is to keep equipment out on rent. So it stands to reason that the more versatile a piece of equipment is, the more it is able to fit a variety of markets and meet a variety of needs, the more popular it will be for rental purposes.

While in our personal lives we may purchase a tool for a perceived future use, in the contracting business, a “tool” can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. It often is not feasible for a contractor to buy a piece of equipment or attachment simply because there might be a need for it at some point. “Companies rent units from us, rather than buy outright, in order to fulfill an immediate project need, for the versatility of having the right size and type of equipment for each project or because they like to continue using the newest models,” said Daniel Dooley, salesman of Murphy Tractor & Equipment Co. Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.

“Rental is also how a lot of companies can try a new piece of equipment. It’s a way for them to test a new brand or product before buying.”

Regardless of the reason a contractor chooses to rent or the length of time it needs the equipment, having an attachment available that can meet a need, and that can fit into a number of markets, makes the unit a profitable piece to have in stock.

The ALLU screener crusher attachment is a functional unit that fits a number of markets, the most popular of which is pipeline padding. But contractors also have found the ALLU attachments to be valuable for landscaping, demolition/recycle and even processing organic food waste. Any application with a need to screen, crush, pulverize, aerate, blend, mix, separate, feed and load materials — all in one step — will benefit from the ALLU attachment. And in addition to the wide range of markets available to rent the attachment into, because it fits a variety of base machines, the ALLU screener crusher also will keep wheel loaders, excavators, backhoes and skid steers rented and out in the field.

With three series available — the DL screener crusher for compact base equipment; the mid-size D-Series screener crusher, with more than 60 models/sizes available; and the large M-Series screener crusher — ALLU can provide a screener crusher attachment for applications with production needs ranging up to 600 cu. yds. (459 cu m) per hour.

Pipeline Padding

The ALLU screener crusher attachment has probably found its greatest popularity to date in utility pipeline padding and backfill. Pipeline work typically requires soil to be free of large rocks that can damage the pipe. Using the ALLU attachment on site allows contactors to screen and crush native soil for reuse, rather than hauling in sand or other rock-free material. As contractors move from site to site, soil conditions change, requiring them to evaluate their equipment needs for each project. Because it is available in more than 60 models and can crush and screen wet or dry material in fragment sizes that range from 0.60 to 6-in. (1.5 to 15 cm), the D-Series screener crusher is most often the series of choice for pipeline work. The contractor is able to choose the attachment model required, charge its rental cost to the utility company, and then use it for as many months as the project takes, depending on its scope.


Another market that has created demand for the ALLU attachment is landscaping. The screener crusher’s versatility allows landscapers to use it for composting, pulverizing soils to make different soil blends, grinding tree limbs down for mulch, screening out unwanted materials from compost or soil blends and breaking up chunks of salt for winter maintenance. The DL screener crusher is the most popular series for landscape contractors because it is built for a compact base unit, and it does not require a case drain or other base equipment upgrades; it simply attaches and is ready to work. The DL also requires very minimal maintenance, just needing to be checked every 12 months or 1,000 hours. A feature that seems to impress landscape contractors the most is the unit’s ability to screen and crush, regardless of the material’s moisture level, without losing its 60-second load processing efficiency. With the DL, landscapers are able to recover piles of material that would otherwise have been hauled away to a landfill, but which can now be recovered and sold.

A Growing Range

of Markets

Additional rental markets for an ALLU unit include demolition and recycle, where the attachment can crush and grind matter such as demolition materials, glass, asphalt, drywall, shingles and municipality waste. In mining and aggregates, the screener crusher pre-screens and crushes at the face of the mine during peak production needs or as an additional tool for contract crushing companies, saving wear on stationary and mobile crushing equipment. The unit is ideal for railroad maintenance work, separating ballast from soil so the ballast can be reused. And niche markets also have found benefits to using the ALLU attachments, such as the food waste industry — puncturing and tearing aluminium cans with the screener crusher to release food material, without the risk of pulverizing the cans.



The ALLU screener crusher attachment adds versatility to rental companies’ base units. It complements, rather than rivalling stationary equipment, as it is built to process large quantities of material for a variety of applications. The ALLU units are ideal for small or startup contractors in need of a functional and mobile piece of equipment.

“There are other screener crusher attachments on the market, but the ALLU attachments stand out because of their low maintenance needs. The ALLU unit takes about five minutes to grease, without the need to remove any plates, and it’s ready to go,” said Rick Petty, salesman of Marietta, Ohio-based Leslie Equipment Co. “In addition to the easy maintenance, it produces a consistently sized product. The [end product] size may vary by a quarter inch, but that’s it,” he added.

Murphy Tractor’s Dooley agrees. “We did our research before deciding to represent ALLU’s screener crusher attachments,” he said. “After trying a few different brands, we felt that the ALLU was the most robust, it’s available in a wide range of sizes, it actually keeps products within specification, and it is the easiest of this attachment type to maintain and service. It is a great rental tool for us.”

Dale Mickle is the VP of sales & marketing for ALLU Group Inc., based in Teterboro, N.J. He can be contacted at (800) 939-2558 or [email protected]

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