Wood recyclers R Plevin & Sons Ltd have taken delivery of a new Hammel VB850DK slow speed shredder to further improve the current operation at their Elkesley depot in Nottinghamshire.   The decision was made following months of extensive trials at their Nottinghamshire site with various manufacturers’ machines.

The Hammel VB850DK was purchased as part of an on-going investment programme by Plevin following the company’s recent success in securing major contracts within the renewable energy sector. In September 2012, R. Plevin & Sons Ltd won an 18-month contract to export biomass timber to a renewable energy plant in Sweden. In 2011 the Company secured an exclusive contract to supply waste timber to the Blackburn Meadows biomass fired renewable energy plant near Sheffield, which is expected to become operational in mid-2014.  The company also have plans for a CHP plant at Elkesley which will use 22,000 tonnes of waste wood per year to create green heat and electricity, making them self-sufficient and further diverting material that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Jamie Plevin, Managing Director commented that these contracts represent an extremely significant milestone in the growth of our company. Due to this fact and the heightened demand to keep their current customers contracts fulfilled the decision was taken to purchase the VB850DK to cope with the increased capacity.

Dean Ashton, Group Engineering Manager who oversees operations at all five depots and was instrumental in the selection of the new shredder commented, the decision was taken to purchase the new DK 850 Hammel because it allows us to process material at much higher volumes but more importantly helps reduce any impact on the environment. Hammel are a proven manufacturer who are long established in the recycling industry and also having Global close to our Elkesley depot was an important factor for support and servicing.

The shredder which is medium sized in the slow speed range is capable of producing up to 120t/h on waste wood and is currently producing 72 t/h to their fraction size. The Hammel ranges of slow-speed shredders are renowned for their simple operation, low maintenance & reliability, and the shredder can quickly be adapted to place into other waste fractions. Available as a tracked, hook-lift or electrical versions the shredder is very adaptable.



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    John Brookes Sawmills have now taken delivery of their second Hammel VB950DK.

    This is the preferred primary shredder with a massive appetite running in at 710hp and 43tonnes.

    The shredder is used for the shredding of pallets and other waste wood and can process up to 170 tonnes per hour – if you can load it fast enough!

    John and Tom have run many shredders over the years, but said the decision to purchase the VB950DK was an easy decision as the productivity is as good as it gets.