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Portable Drum Crusher
Don Jenson of Carrington, N. Dak., de-signed and built a patented drum crusher which he pulls behind his 1/2-ton pickup to chemical dealers and aerial applicators throughout North Dakota.
The 70-ton hydraulic press is powered by a 65-hp engine and uses two 5 by 36-in. hydraulic cylinders anchored in a frame made from square steel tubing. The barrel sits on a metal base and is flattened 3-in. high by a square crusher mounted on the hydraulic cylinders. It'll crush 55-, 30- or 5-gal. drums up to 35 in. tall. Crushing time per drum is 28 seconds.
"My press could crush up to 100 drums per hour, but handling 300 drums is a good day's work," says Jenson, a retired crop sprayer and construction worker. "I started this business two years ago when I had to get rid of 200 55-gal. chemical drums. I couldn't find a landfill that would accept the drums unless they were crushed first. I built the crusher out of scrap iron and powered it with a hydraulic pump and engine from a log splitter. It did the job but worked too slow so I installed the 65-hp V-4 Wisconsin engine."
Jenson charges $3 per drum for crushing the first 100 drums (30 and 55-gal.) and less thereafter. He charges $3 per drum for disposal at the time of crushing in an EPA-approved landfill. He spent about $16,000 to build the drum crusher. He also built a second crusher powered by a 85 hp industrial engine which he uses in Arizona during the winter months.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don's Drum Crushing, P.O. Box 496, Carrington, N. Dak. 58421 (ph 701 652-2194; in Arizona, 602 684-2582)

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1