Crushing cars is a common part of the process
in recycling automobiles. Vehicles used to haul those crushed
cars typically offer safety and efficiency features that are
popular with those who use the haulers. Manufacturers often offer
other products that may also be used by auto recyclers.
According to Greg Brown, owner of Benlee,
the firm offers crushed car trailers, new and used roll-off trailers
and trucks, dump trucks and trailers and roll-off containers.
Brown said their crushed car haulers are built to load fast and
“There are two key design features of our
trailers: 1) D-rings on straps, attached to ratchets. Chains
then attach to the D-rings, so that chains, not straps are in
contact with the vehicles – straps could be cut if they are in
contact with the vehicles. 2) A self-contained fluid reservoir
in the base, which can be drained. The reservoir can contain
fluid that may come from the vehicles. We’ve manufactured our
crushed car trailers for 15 years and they comply with federally
mandated laws for securing and containing crushed automobiles
for transport,” he said.
Brown noted that the recycling industry is under pressure from
many areas, and he believes Benlee offers products that are helpful
in managing the various situations involved. “Lower volumes and
pricing pressure are causing reduced profits. This means cost
controls and capital expense controls are more important than
ever. Also, with parts of the economy still very uncertain, many
are concerned about spending money. Many city and county budgets
are tight, and it seems they’re ticketing companies more than
ever for carrying overweight loads, to help with deficits,” he
Brown said his company supports all of their products with “a
full line of roll-off trailers and dump truck parts including
hydraulic cylinders, sheaves, cable pulleys, Neway suspension
products, Gresen hydraulic valves, and Roll-Rite and Pioneer
tarps and tarp systems. Our online parts store is open 24/7 and
we rebuild trailers and hoist systems from the ground up, including
frame straightening, dump truck repair and truck frame repair.”
Bart Hill, president of JHM Trailers, claimed, “Crushed Car Trailers
have reached new levels of efficiency with our 48’ drop front
crushed car hauler.” He added, “Our extra heavy-duty crushed
car hauler is the latest in the series of products we offer to
the crushed car recycling industry.
“The trailer offers a long list of standard
features and custom options, is precision-engineered and constructed
with an I-beam frame and high-quality steel. The double-drop
deck and shower curtain side provides easy loading and unloading
capabilities and the heavy-duty ratcheting cable system makes
strapping down loads easier, faster and safer. Our product’s
heavy-duty Hutch® suspension provides superior load capacity
and high quality steel rims and Yokohama tires. A containment
system is also standard.”
Hill commented, “Haulers aren’t able to throw
crushed cars onto just any trailer to move them. Trailers must
be built to not only hold up in the yard, they must also perform
well over public roads – safely, but with maximum legal payload.
The vehicles are routinely used in some of the toughest environments
and must be built to withstand brutal day-to-day use.
“Also, industry regulations are numerous –
for example, those for fluid containment and the way loads must
be secured. As a manufacturer, we must stay current on standards,
whether they involve transportation or the environment, and we
must integrate those specifications in our design and manufacturing
processes. Decreasing costs by using lesser quality components
or by cutting corners during the manufacturing process just to
compete from a price standpoint is not an option because a hauler
will not make money if the trailer is down – period.”
Hill noted that more and more haulers have
seen a higher demand overseas for scrap metal. “Haulers have
typically worked with local scrap processors, but increased hauling
distances are becoming more common, which makes it tougher for
haulers to remain profitable. We’ve built our reputation on manufacturing
some of the toughest, longest-lasting heavy application trailers
in the world. Some of our original steel trailers are still on
the road after 30 years!”
Bill Taylor owns Taylor Machinery Corporation.
The company’s premier crushed car trailer is the RD 45. “This
revolutionary trailer has received two patents. What used to
take hours with the old curtain or tie down method, only takes
a matter of minutes with our crushed car trailer. Because the
crushed cargo is completely enclosed, you don’t have safety issues
from flying debris as you travel down the road,” remarked Taylor.
He explained that the product’s expanded metal sides are the
feature that helps control loose debris on the trailer.
Other vehicle features include a 15 minute
load/unload time, a steel floor with fork risers, a safety lock
system and a pilot-operated check valve in the hydraulic system.
The hauler operates from a P.T.O. system and auxiliary power
and retrofit kits are also available. “This four-sided trailer
opens hydraulically on one side for ease of loading and unloading.
The sides of the vehicle are made of expanded metal to cut down
on the overall weight of the trailer, providing more pay weight
in cargo,” Taylor said.
Taylor grew up in the scrap metal business,
watching his father build machines. In addition to his manufacturing
business, he’s also been a scrap metal dealer for years. The
need for better equipment for his own scrap yards led him to
designing and manufacturing equipment that is better suited for
“Definitely, the push to go green has affected
our business in a very positive way. As the awareness for recycling
grows, so does the subsequent need for quality recycling equipment
like ours. As prices rise and fall in the scrap metal industry,
so does the enthusiasm and profits for average folks who sometimes
cart in their junk as way to make a living,” Taylor commented.
His company offers a range of equipment designed
specifically for the scrap industry such as large, closed-end
horizontal balers and aluminum can densifiers. “My goal is to
manufacture economically priced equipment that is durable and
simple to operate and maintain,” Taylor concluded.