Rhinelander, WI, Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, LLC, a leader in the pavement maintenance industry is finding improved safety, uptime and producing more tons per hour with the Telsmith H3244 Portable Jaw Plant.
As a full-service asphalt maintenance contractor with over 35 years of experience, Fahrner serves townships & municipalities, commercial business & property managers, recreation facilities & schools, airports and residential property owners. In addition, they have several sand and gravel operations that support their asphalt maintenance services throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Florida.
Ryan Gensler, Aggregate Division Manager of Fahrner Asphalt is in charge of Fahrner’s operation named the “Klaver Pit” in Rhinelander, WI, where they are processing sand and gravel to produce chips that go into sealed coating of highways.
As the new division manager, he saw the issues they were experiencing and knew it was time for a change. “We were having challenges maintaining a consistent discharge rate from the primary jaw to our secondary as the raw feed gradation changed” says Gensler. “We had to stop the primary jaw and manually lock it out to change the close side setting.” This was causing lower tons per hour and safety concerns for our operation,” continues Gensler. “We discussed this issue with Rock Machinery, the Telsmith dealer in our area, and they recommended we look into the Telsmith Hydra-Jaw® 3244 Portable Plant.”
The Hydra-Jaw® model H3244 offers throughput capacities from 175-530 stph and comes in track, stationary and portable configurations. The Hydra-Jaw® model is available in these sizes: 2238, 2550, 3244 and 3450.
Gensler, an industry veteran worked for his family’s excavating and crushing business then moved on to Wingra Stone company in Madison until this spring when he took on the Aggregate Division Manager role at Fahrner Asphalt. “I’ve known about Telsmith for years but never had an opportunity to do business with them”. Rock Machinery highly recommends their products and service, so we visited Telsmith to see the Hydra-Jaw® 3244 Portable Plant and toured their facility.
During their visit Gensler and his team discovered the Telsmith process of concept to completion, which covers applications, engineering, manufacturing, parts and service.
They also took a deep dive into the Hydra-Jaw® 3244 benefits such as the unique bushing and seal that’s designed to hold up to the rigors of constant crushing, which results in reduced downtime and the hydraulic chamber clearing system that’s engaged with a simple push button and allows the crusher to safely clear a full chamber in as little as 15 minutes.
“The main feature that stood out was the hydraulic adjustment, which allows us to make adjustments while running. We decided to rent the plant in May of 2018 to test drive it for a few weeks before deciding to purchase it,” says Gensler.
So how has the Hydraulic Adjustment feature helped Fahrner Asphalt? “We are now running while it’s being adjusted, no stopping to make adjustments, which is saving time and money and allowing us to safely produce more material. So far, it’s been fantastic and hasn’t had any breakdowns. We are able to get more tons per hour because of the hydraulic adjustment,” says Gensler.
Another benefit to working with Telsmith is you’ll have your plant up and running in no time. “Telsmith’s portable plant only took about 2 hours to set up and runs every day for 10 hours per day. Not only is Telsmith’s equipment top notch, but their service team is very good. We had a hiccup with the variable speed control on the feeder, so Telsmith sent a new one out the following morning,” says Gensler. Telsmith factory support is available worldwide to assist customers throughout the life of their equipment. In addition, Telsmith dealers and representatives are located all over the world to provide local support 24/7. Our dealer, Rock Machinery, has also been a huge help in servicing this Portable Jaw Plant and other Telsmith equipment.
Looking ahead, Fahrner Asphalt plans to continue to increase production and will eventually require another cone crusher. “We need to also improve our biggest bottleneck, which is our screens. Right now, we have two 6X20 Triple deck screens, so we want to upsize our screen capacity. We will definitely look at Telsmith for a solution,” says Gensler.
For more information about Fahrner Asphalt Sealers. LLC, please call (800) 332-3360 or visit www.fahrnerasphalt.com.
Telsmith, Inc. provides a full range of minerals processing solutions to the aggregate, mining, industrial, and recycling industries with cone crushers, jaw crushers, vibrating equipment, portable plants, track plants, as well as full-scale modular processing facilities. Solutions from Telsmith include product lifecycle support with parts availability and factory trained service technicians.
For more information about Telsmith and the Hydra-Jaw® 3244 Portable Plant, please call (262) 242-6600 or visit www.telsmith.com.
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