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A different approach

SAS Forks
Using a wheel loader as the tool carrier opens up a number of benefits for the auto recycler.
The big machine area at CARS was a fantastic display this year and one thing that stood out was SAS Forks’ Scorpion Engine Puller, seen for the first time in the UK.

We have covered Overton’s Builtrite and Clark’s Powerhand previously on atfProfessional and it was really impressive to see them both, side by side ripping cars apart - you won’t get a better opportunity to see what they can do than that, but SAS’s Scorpion is altogether a little bit different!

For starters, it fits to a wheel loader and not an excavator and calling it simply an Engine Puller is selling it rather short. Yes, it sure can pull engines and other large items off an ELV very easily using its large forks to hold the vehicle in place, but its mounting system opens up a whole raft of opportunities for this product.

A wheel loader is both highly manoeuvrable and relatively quick. Unfortunately the wheel loader that the Scorpion was mounted on was high reach model which made the whole unit look much longer than it would on a standard loader so please bear that in mind when you take a look at any photo's of the CARS show.

The method of working with this unit allows you to process a batch of vehicles, stacking the removed items onto the purpose designed pallet ready form transporting (using the unit's forks) to where they are needed.
What you can do with this product (apart from the obvious) we shall describe in the following scenario. You have a batch of ELVs to process. From the small photo opposite you will see that as each engine is pulled out it can be dropped onto the purpose designed pallet. Once you have removed everything you want, the Scorpion’s clamp down forks will locate under the bin allowing the load to be moved to where ever you wish. At CARS the Scorpion was dropping the engines straight into JMC’s engine cracker - now that’s a story in its own right and another great way to increase your returns!

With the engines out of the way, you can then use the forks to pick up the hulks and either stack them or drop them into the baler. The huge opening means you can take more than one hulk at a time. Hopefully you are getting the picture; the Scorpion is way more than the Engine Puller it claims to be; it’s a great all-purpose yard tool. We don’t see wheel loaders used as much in yards here but in the States they are the tool carrier of choice. Maybe it’s something to think about. If you didn’t get to CARS 2014, you can see a video of it here.

The SAS Scorpion is part of JMC Recycling Systems’ comprehensive range of auto recycling equipment and if you would like to know more, contact them on 0115 9409630, visit their website or email them.

July 2014

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