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Drum Crusher Flattens Steel Barrels
Miles Brett was hired for maintenance and trouble shooting at a Calgary, Alberta, business with a yard filled with thousands of steel 55-gal. drums which used to hold rubberized asphalt crack filler. Brett had to come up with a solution to get rid of them. I had previously built a log splitter for personal use, Brett says. I decided to build a barrel crusher using the same concept, except its vertical and larger in scale. Its equipped with a 5-in. dia. hydraulic cylinder that exerts more than 44,000 lbs. of downward pressure.
Thats enough to crush even the thickest steel drums made in the 1920s.
Brett built the crusher using materials he had on hand plus purchased parts including an 8-hp. gas motor for the hydraulic fluid. Early on he realized he needed a strong base that wouldnt bow, and the professional welder he
hired beefed it up with 3/4 by 4-in. steel plate on the front and back with 1 1/2-in. square steel bars across.
When finished, the crusher could flatten a barrel in under a minute. Brett stacked about 50 of them on pallets and hauled them to a metal recycler that picked them up with a magnet and paid about $100/pickup load. Getting paid for the metal was a bonus, preferable to paying drum recyclers to take them.
A video of it can be seen on YouTube: Miles Brett Crushing Drums.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Miles Brett, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (mbrett329@hotmail.com).


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2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3