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Powerscreen mobile crushing plant

Lancashire-based contractor purchases two new Powerscreen mobile crushing plants

P & L BARTON have invested in two new Powerscreen mobile crushers from appointed distributors Blue Central Machinery. The XA400S and 1000 Maxtrak crushing plants join a modern and versatile fleet of excavators and hydraulic attachments, bulldozers, tipper trucks and other equipment owned and operated by the well-established family-run business.

P & L Barton have recently found the need to expand their crushing and screening capabilities to meet increasing demand for aggregate production, contract muck-shifting and general civil-engineering projects. The decision to acquire the Powerscreen crushers was largely due to the fact the company had been running a Terex Pegson Metrotrak for a number of years and was impressed with its reliability, running costs and throughput.


This combined with a good relationship with Blue Machinery Central and having prior experience of their after-sales product support, made it a straightforward decision to purchase the Powerscreen 1000 Maxtrak and XA400S crushers.

The latter model is designed for primary crushing and is suitable for both recycling and quarrying applications, providing a powerful crushing action (with hydraulic crusher setting adjustment) and delivering an optimum output of 450 tonnes/h. The high-swing jaw eases material entry into the crushing chamber, while the hydraulic adjustment allows crusher setting changes to be made quickly and easily.

Specifically developed for larger end-users, the Powerscreen 1000 Maxtrak cone crusher can accept an ‘all in’ feed, thereby eliminating the need for pre-screening which reduces the cubicity of the finished product. The feed hopper is equipped with a level probe which maintains choke feeding of the cone crusher, improving cubical shape and increasing fines production for roadbase applications.

The new machines are currently being used at an Aggregate Industries-owned quarry in Cumbria, where P & L Barton are helping to process the materials on site. The contract involves loading and hauling the blasted material from the face to the processing area where the XA400S is crushing up to 3,000 tonnes a day.

The crusher is also being used to feed the 1000 Maxtrak, which, in turn, feeds on to a triple-deck screen to produce clean, separated aggregates stockpiles. Aggregates being produced include: 40/20mm; 20/10mm; 5mm dust; MOT; 6F5. 


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