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Perseverance Pays for Jupp
A Surrey-based landscaping company is realising the true potential of topsoil production at the second time of asking. Jupp Limited has put its faith in a McCloskey 621 trommel screen which is already demonstrating the benefits of low wear and reduced operating costs.
Seven years ago Peter Jupp and his brothers decided to go their separate ways rather than continuing in the 70-year old family business. Peter rented a 1.2 hectare site at Horley, Surrey and set up a landscape company, selling a variety of products and services. As the company diversified and environmental rules and regulations changed, Peter Jupp found that new opportunities appeared in the recycling and reclamation industries.
“Many of our customers were involved with groundworks and landscaping, and were often presented with the problem of dealing with mixed waste and excess soil at the end of a project,” Jupp says. “With high landfill taxes and an increasingly environmentally conscious customer base, it became prudent to dispose of this material in an acceptable manner.”
Realising there was a ready market for good quality topsoil, Jupp investigated the practicalities of segregating the waste, ultimately investing in a trommel screener and trialling a separation service to reclaim and resell the recycled soil. It was a diversification that nearly ended in disaster, as Jupp recalls.
“Having been recommended the 'class leader', we set about segregating the material being brought in by the eight-wheel grab vehicles. At first all was well, but the trommel started to show a lot of wear, it broke down frequently, there appeared to be no back up or even concern from the manufacturers, and consequently the machine suffered a major malfunction after just 18 months when a conveyor collapsed,” Jupp continues. “The repair bill was horrendous and to make matters worse, I was blamed for the wear. It was possibly one of the most expensive business mistakes I've made. I'm afraid that I remained very sceptical, even when Noel McCloskey suggested that we trial one of his 621 trommels.”
Powered by a 129 kW Tier III Caterpillar diesel engine, the McCloskey features a 1.8 metre diameter trammel and a 6.4 metre long drum that ensures the highest quality end product. These features allow the McClockey 621 to produce 200 tonnes/hour in a topsoil application.
No Going Back
Having reluctantly agreed to a trial, Jupp took delivery of the McCloskey machine just over two years ago on what was intended to be a demonstration. However, it proved so effective that he wouldn't let it off the site afterwards, as he explains. “What a difference; a totally different class of machine and back up. The machine has been working solidly for two years now without missing a beat. It is so much better built than the previous machine. It's tough, simple to use, doesn't give us any trouble, and thankfully doesn't wear out,” Jupp asserts. “The only sour note was parting with the old machine and realising it was virtually worthless after less than two years.”
Peter Jupp reports that the McCloskey trommel is used primarily to segregate waste into 10 and 15 mm fractions that have been used on some very high class venues such as Hever Castle gardens.
“It's all very well having a good machine that produces a beautiful product, but it's when you need servicing or spare parts that you get to test the supplier properly,” Peter Jupp concludes. “McCloskey has been simply brilliant. I can't fault the service at all. When they say they will do something, it's done. Excellent response time, and no arguments.”