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Builtrite Auto Dismantling System
Overton Dismantlers reckon they have significantly increased the return from ELVs with Builtrite's Auto Dismantling System.
A few months ago we brought you news of an engine ripper that could do a lot, lot more. Unfortunately the product wasn’t available in the UK but now we have some other news that is even more exciting. Overton Dismantlers are selling a similar product from USA based, Northshore Manufacturing, makers of Builtrite branded products. The equipment is known as their Auto Dismantling System.

This isn’t the same piece of equipment but it performs the same job and is now actually available in the UK. You can go and see the machine in action at Overton Dismantlers. Their Managing Director, Sandy Dalgarno has been involved with vehicle dismantling for many years and it isn’t often he gets over-excited but the auto dismantling system, which he first saw from the States 16 months ago has got him fired up. “We are using this machine in our own business and I can’t stress too greatly about how it has changed the way we operate. This machine has opened up so many ways to increase the return from end of life vehicles”, Sandy said.

So what is Builtrite’s Auto Dismantling System? This is an excavator mounted puller that’s been designed to quickly and efficiently dismantle vehicles. The hold down arms are mounted directly to the excavator’s main frame and include a pair of large bore, high pressure cylinders (operating off the undercarriage drive circuit) which crush and hold the car in place.

The auto dismantling grapple features a wide opening, 360º continuous rotation while the dexterity of the jaws allow the operator to perform even the most precise manoeuvres. This makes it very effective for pulling engines, radiators, wiring harnesses, heater cores, etc. They also say that this tool is designed for long life and minimal maintenance.

Separated radiator core
Heater and Air con matrix’s removed. Overton also use the machine to remove the abs units as they also contain a lot of aluminium.

The unit has been thoroughly tested by Overton over the last few months, during which time they have carried out a great deal of analysis to see what is and what isn’t cost effective to remove in this way. “We can take a car apart very quickly with this machine, and we are easily processing 60 vehicles per day and have done 80 in one day” said Sandy. Where this really gets interesting is when you start looking at the financial benefits. For example, you can take all the looms out very quickly, that’s around £1600 per ton. Then you can take out all your radiator and heater cores - Overton also pull out the ABS unit as it is a big chunk of aluminium. The engine and boxes come straight out and then its time to consider if you should remove the cast iron blocks to upgrade the price of the aluminium. With the units removed , don’t forget to look at manually separating the starters and alternators - there’s £750 per tonne in those. Sandy explained, “The key with this piece of equipment is it’s speed and dexterity. For example, you can take out the bulk of the wiring loom very quickly but it would take forever to get every last cable out. So it is important you use this machine to get added profit quickly. We have analysed the operational costs against returns very carefully and are delighted with the benefits the machine has brought”.

The only way with a piece of equipment like this is to see it working. There is a video on the manufacturers website you can watch. Also, Overton Garage, who are the UK and Ireland importer of Builtrite’s Auto Dismantling System are planning an open day for those interested in the unit or you can arrange an individual visit . Overton Dismantlers will welcome you to Aberdeen, Scotland at any time and their facility is located only one mile from the airport. To find out more, call Sandy Dalgarno on 01224 722354 or visit their website.

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