Last July, Ashcourt Group, based in Hull, took delivery of a Terex Finlay 873 Spaleck heavy-duty screener, which was supplied by Finlay Plant Northern. The machine joins an extensive plant fleet.
The aggressive technology is powering through material at a rate of 300cu m an hour, feeding biomass boilers installed last year to provide sustainable energy for the company.
The 873 Spaleck is designed to work with aggregates, topsoil, sand and gravel as well as construction demolition and recycling applications.
Boasting nearly blockage-free screening, the stepped top deck design, combined with the Flip- Flow technology of the bottom deck, puts the plant in a class of its own.
With screwless mounted screen mats, downtime is kept to a minimum. The versatile screener can be fed by either a tracked mobile crusher, shovel or excavator.
The plant features a 1.2m-wide belt feeder which helps to keep weight down and transportation easy. The 3D screening segments ensure accurate screening so that long pieces of material do not pass into the middle grade.
At Ashcourt, the Spaleck is fed with wood brought to site by the local authority, producing an over-size and mid-size material used for supplying the biomass boilers along with fines, which are reprocessed for animal bedding.
A head drum magnet has been fitted to the machine to extract nails from the wood during the process.
The plant is designed to process difficult material and screen small sizes, meaning it does not struggle to remove fines from the mid-size product fed to the boilers – otherwise they would become chocked up.
Whatever the material, whether it is wood, compost, topsoil, metal or glass, the processing and separation capabilities of the Spaleck product make it the ultimate solution for this type of application.
Finlay Plant Northern is part of the Finlay Group, which comprises 10 standalone companies offering a diverse range of material processing equipment.
The group operates across England and Wales from its headquarters in Stafford, and acts as a dealer for Terex Finlay and other brands including Tesab, Trackstack, Allu, and Waste Systems.
Finlay Plant Northern offers an extensive range of screeners to suit the needs of any business within the waste and recycling sector.
Finlay Hire is also part of the group, and operates one of the UK’s largest fleet of mobile screens, crushers, conveyors and washing equipment, which is offered for hire nationwide.
It also provides a ‘try before you buy’ service to ensure the right machinery is selected to meet specific needs.
The Ashcourt Group, which provides student accommodation in Hull in addition to construction, haulage and aggregates services, was established 17 years ago.
With a wide-ranging plant hire fleet and tactically placed quarries, the company is able to offer aggregates and recycling facilities across Yorkshire and the north-east.
In addition to this, last year the company introduced biomass boilers into its student accommodation business.
Site manager Paul Dobson said electricity bills have been reduced as a result of the move and revealed plans to extend the use of the 873 Spaleck to other areas of the group’s business. He said the plant was working “exceptionally well on the job and producing an end product that is perfect for what we need”. Ashcourt has reported considerable savings in electricity for its student accommodation – and says it plans to roll out this business model to others areas, with the 873 playing a key part.
Martin Nairn is from Finlay Plant Northern