“Crushing gets in your blood”

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Honesty, hard work and the right equipment translates to success for Arro Crushing

In 2019, the founders of Arro Crushing recognized the need to fill a gap in their region’s construction and demolition market.

Based in Millbank, Ontario, the new company purchased a crusher at an auction and got to work on smaller cleanup jobs. However, they soon discovered the opportunity to provide aggregate and recycling across southern Ontario. 

“We were doing small stuff like cleaning up barns, and kind of recognized an opportunity to get into bigger crushing projects that were coming our way,” said Arro Crushing Owner Jared Kuepfer. 

With a background in dimensional stone, Kuepfer understood the concept of crushing, but didn’t have any practical experience. 

“It’s been a total learning experience, from how to crush, to how to run a business, to how to grow it and maintain the customer base and keep the equipment moving,” he said. “I knew that I needed support because of my inexperience. I knew that I needed somebody who’s going to back me up if I was in a pinch.”

Keestrack R5

To determine how to tackle the larger crushing jobs, Kuepfer began working with Frontline Machinery, who introduced him to the Keestrack line of crushers.  To accommodate larger contracts, Arro purchased a 350 tonne-per-hour Keestrack R5 impact crusher. 

The Keestrack R5 combines low fuel consumption with productivity.  Designed with a load sensing hydraulic system to reduce emissions, the R5 delivers an average fuel savings of 4 to 6 litres per hour. 

Equipped with a large independent 2-deck pre-screen and reversible prescreen conveyor, the R5 impact crusher minimizes wear and tear on the crushing chamber by removing fines from the material before entering the crusher, ultimately extending the lifespan of the machine.

“They understood what we needed to get to the next step,” Kuepfer said. “And the dealership gave us the confidence that they were going to back us up with support.”

Growing demand

Today, Arro Crushing has grown to include a team of 10 employees operating three mobile crushing setups that work across Southern Ontario. 

The company now specializes in concrete and asphalt recycling as well as limestone crushing.

“Crushing gets in your blood. It’s a challenge like none other,” Kuepfer said. “It’s challenging, but it’s also very rewarding. It’s loud, it’s dirty, its expensive. It’s all the things that take hard work. A lot of people can’t do it, or don’t want to do it.”

Kuepfer attributes Arro’s growth and success to an honest and professional approach to the job. 

“I think we’ve really built the business on doing what we say we’re going to do. If we tell a customer we’re going to be there at a certain time, we’ll work 24 hours a day if we must, to make that schedule,” he said. 

“When we go somewhere, we produce, we work safely and we do our best to be professionals.”

He added having a good team of people is essential. 

“You know, just because somebody can run an excavator doesn’t mean that they can feed a crusher, or keep a crusher running all day,” Kuepfer said. 

Keestrack R6

This summer, Arro Crushing expanded its fleet with the addition of a 500-tonne-per-hour Keestrack R6 mobile impact crusher. The new crusher is processing on average 1,800 tonnes of aggregate per day for the company. 

“The R6 has more capacity. It’s basically the R5 on steroids,” Kuepfer said. “The R5 has been really good. It’s a compact, very mobile machine, and so is the R6. But with the R6 you’re getting an extra 10 or 15 per cent production, on average for a similar cost.”

Equipped with a 7 cubic metre hopper, the R6 is ideal for high-production applications, including primary and secondary crushing or highly contaminated applications found in concrete and asphalt recycling.

The crusher is equipped with one of the largest rotors in the industry resulting in high throughput, and the ability to handle hard materials. 

The transportability of the R6 allows Arro Crushing to quickly move the machine to a new site when required. 

“The Keestrack R6 proved to be the ideal crusher for Arro Crushing. As a mobile contractor undertaking projects across different locations, the ability to effortlessly relocate equipment from one site to another and swiftly set up and operate proved crucial for them,” said Darryl Steen, Aggregate Equipment Specialist, Frontline Machinery.

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“Its compact footprint and easy manoeuvrability in tight spaces were particularly appealing to Arro for operating in environments where space is at a premium, making it an ideal match for urban construction sites and demolition projects.”

The R6 impact crusher is designed with 1.3-metre by 3-metre double deck prescreen, a swivelling oversize return/stockpile conveyor and an optional 1.5-metre by 4.5-metre double deck after-screen. This allows operators to produce three fractions within an open circuit and two within a closed-circuit application.

A patented tilting chassis allows the R6 to be levelled on uneven terrain or when loading onto a trailer for transport. This feature also helps to simplify servicing and changing of screens. 

The R6 is available with the conventional diesel-hydraulic drive or as a fully hybrid Keestrack R6e with a diesel-electric drive and electric plug-in power supply