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Ashcourt Group purchase another Terex Finlay machine

Terex Finlay 873 Spaleck screener

Company increases operational energy savings with new 873 Spaleck screener

ASHCOURT Group have taken delivery of a Terex Finlay 873 Spaleck screener from suppliers Finlay Plant Northern. The civil engineering firm has reported significant savings on electricity since bringing in the new high-tech plant. 

The 873 Spaleck has been purchased to feed new biomass boilers which were installed last year to provide sustainable energy for Ashcourt, including a student accommodation project, as well as the company’s construction, aggregates and haulage services. 

Paul Dobson, site manager for Ashcourt Group, said electricity bills have been reduced as a result of the move and there are plans to extend the use of the mobile plant to other areas of the group’s business.   

He commented: ‘The plant is working exceptionally well on the job and producing an end product that is perfect for what we need. We’ve seen massive savings in electricity for our student accommodation so we plan to roll out this model to others areas of the business and the 873 Spaleck will play a key part in that.’

The machine – which is being fed with wood brought to site by the local authority – is producing oversize and mid-size materials used for supplying the biomass boilers together with fines, which are reprocessed for animal bedding. 

As well as the 873 screener, Ashcourt have also invested in a Terex Finlay 883+ Spaleck to keep up with their increased workload on site and to meet the growing demand for plant hire. Suitable for use in aggregates, demolition and recycling applications, the versatile machine can be fed either by a tracked mobile crusher, shovel or excavator.

The 883+ unit is said to deliver ‘nearly blockage-free screening’ across its 16ft x 5ft top and bottom deck and is fitted with a belt feeder to ensure weight is kept down and transportation is efficient. It is also equipped with a head drum magnet to extract nails from wood during operation.

Mr Dobson said: ‘We’ve been dealing with Finlay Plant Northern for about four years and this is the seventh machine we’ve acquired from them. The support, service and backup are brilliant and we’ve always found the machines to be a top-quality product.’

Martin Nairn of Finlay Plant Northern added: ‘The plant is ideal for the Ashcourt Group because it can process difficult material and screen small sizes meaning it doesn’t struggle to remove fines from the mid-size product fed to the biomass boilers – otherwise they would become choked 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 ideal solution for this type of application.’

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