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Rockster crusher first in historic Mardin


R1100DS impact crusher shows its strengths in largest limestone quarry in Turkey’s Mardin province

MEHMET Bastas is the owner of a successful Turkish road construction company based in Mardin, in the south-east of Turkey. The ancient historic city is located about 20km north of the border with Syria and not far from the border with Iraq.

Spared from any attacks or devastation during the recent conflict in the region, the ruins of Dara-Anastasiopolis, an eastern Roman fortress city, are a symbol of the importance of this region in antiquity, whilst another historical attraction of Mardin is the Zafaran monastery, whose origins date back as far as 2000 BC.


‘Thanks to our new customer, Mehmet Bastas, I gained an insight into this multi-religious part of Turkey,’ commented Wolfgang Kormann of Rockster. ‘The cultural and religious diversity in this area really did impress me. The co-existence is perfectly easy and the success of Mehmet’s company, Bastaslar, also shows that the economy is doing well, especially in regenerating and extending the infrastructure.’

Although Rockster’s long-standing Turkish dealers Alfamobil have sold many Rockster plants in Turkey, so far no Rockster crusher has worked in this area of Mesopotamia.

Mehmet Bastas, owner of Bastaslar Insaat Ltd, discovered Rockster through Alfamobil and initially rented an R1100 impact crusher for his limestone quarry. After one month, however, he was fully convinced of the machine and this summer ordered a new R1100DS.

‘The machine’s compactness and simplicity of transport really impressed me,’ explained Mr Bastas, who has many years of experience with mobile crushing systems. ‘Also, my operators like the easy handling of the new crusher and its quick set-up means the machine can be ready for operation within 10 minutes. Moreover, the overload protection on the crushing chamber is very useful in avoiding blockages and improving material flow.’

The new Rockster R1100DS has been working in Bastaslar’s limestone quarry since the beginning of September. Equipped with an RS104 screenbox and dual-function RB95 return/stockpile belt, the machine is taking limestone with edge lengths of up to 700mm and crushing it into 0–35mm final product.

‘With a output of approximately 2,000 tonnes per day, our daily needs are easily covered,’ said Mr Bastas. ‘We regularly use the pre-screening system to remove the sandy fraction and receive a very high-quality cubic final grain in one pass, and thus the best base material for our road construction projects.’


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