Modern Quarrying

In the heart of the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, in the midst of some of the most fiercely-contested markets in the country, the acquisition of a new crushing plant has put Lion Park Quarries in a favourable position, with better product availability at sustainably lower prices.

Lion Park Quarries is situated some 28 km east of Krugersdorp just off the N14/R28 and in close proximity to Fourways, Sandton and Midrand. The business is an operational sand and aggregate mining concern, operating under a new order converted mining right in Nietgedacht, Lanseria.

Lion Park 1Lion Park Quarries co-owner Johann Meintjes.

“We had a modest start back in 1989, where sand was washed and loaded by hand. At that stage, our entire delivery fleet consisted of a single owner-driver truck,” says Johan Meintjes, who co-owns the quarry alongside his father, Johann Snr. “Today we are proud of our mobile crushing and screening plants together with a large fleet of earthmoving equipment that dig, loas and haul materials, making it possible for us to deliver quality product to our customers.”

The delivery fleet consists of over 40 tipper trucks that run on a six-day/week basis through the greater Johannesburg area, managed in house by efficient transport managers.

Lion Park Quarries is now breaking new ground with the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind in Africa Terex WJ1175 electric wheeled jaw crushing plant.

Lion Park 2The Terex WJ1175 wheeled jaw plant is suitable for working in many different crushing spreads and will handle almost any material. Whether operating in hard rock, sand and gravel, iron ore or recycled concrete, the Terex WJ1175 is designed to enhance profitability.

As a fully electric drive-operated crushing plant, the new Terex is a significant departure from diesel guzzling predecessors with a smaller price tag and requiring significantly less support and maintenance on site. Its powerful electric-driven jaws and materials handling components have thus far slashed running costs by nearly half of its predecessor’s energy costs.

Supplied locally by ELB Equipment, the Terex WJ1175 is a game-changer for mines and quarries with access to the national electricity grid or other similarly reliable sources. With fewer moving parts and no hydraulics, it is a simpler machine which is less expensive to buy and maintain. Operationally the impressive electric drive-operated crusher provides powerful and precise crushing operations. It is considerably quieter with enhanced operator safety.

“Diesel bills for the predecessor Pegson XF jaw crusher were mounting up and added a considerable margin to the cost of our sand and stone products,” Meintjes confirms.

“The new machine’s electricity bills are about 40% less by comparison. With its bigger, more efficient crushing chamber, it adds considerably to our sand and stone production. By contrast to the mechanically-operated plant which required servicing every 200 hours at a cost of over R20 000 each time and a five-hour shutdown, the new Terex requires a daily brush-off and check-up in order to run flawlessly for years to come.

Being mobile, it can also be hitched to a truck or loader and taken to any crushing site. Once in place, the wheels serve to anchor and dampen the vibration of the plant, giving it a stable and smooth platform to operate from.

Meintjes says the quarry has developed an excellent ongoing relationship with ELB Equipment. “Although we investigate new technologies from various suppliers, the vast majority of our equipment is procured from ELB Equipment. Its technical service, support and importantly, technical advice, has played a decisive role in the development of our quarry.”

While the purchase of any plant is usually based on well-researched facts and figures, the purchase of the Terex WJ1175 was more of a chance encounter, when Meintjes Snr noticed the unusual machine at ELB’s stockyard. While he had been scouring equipment suppliers to find a new crushing solution, little did he realise that the right machine had already been brought into the country as a pre-launch demo. After a few enquiries and a favourable price tag, the deal was signed.

“This kind of innovation and access to world-leading equipment is what sets ELB Equipment apart and gives us an opportunity to be one step ahead of our competitors. Service and support go without saying and with lower running costs, it sets us on a new path of profitability,” he adds.

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