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TWS BucketWheel range celebrates 15th anniversary

First publishedin Aggregates Business Europe & International
July August 2015
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Terex Washing Systems’ BucketWheel range
This year marks the 15th anniversary for Terex Washing Systems’ (TWS) Finesmaster (FM) BucketWheel range. The FM BucketWheel is still proving a popular solution with sand producers globally who want a reliable, efficient, durable sand plant offering longevity, reliability and ease of maintenance.

The novel benefit of the BucketWheel system is the ability to significantly reduce the amount of coarse material coming into contact with the pump and cyclone as it is fed directly from the BucketWheel to the Dewatering screen.  It is this coarse material that causes the most wear on rubber lined parts, however the BucketWheel system counteracts this as only the fine sand comes into contact with the pump and cyclone. This benefits the customer with reduced wear costs, reduced power consumption and ultimately reduced processing costs.

Justin Donnelly, TWS applications specialist, played an integral role in the development of the FM Bucketwheel.

Commenting on the range, he said: “When we looked at how we could produce two grades of material in a practical and economical way without adding a second pump and larger cyclones, we turned to the tried and tested method of BucketWheels. BucketWheels are typically operated in the range of 0.5 to 1.3rpm via a planetary drive. The slow speed coupled with the robust materials of construction ensure that the extremely low connected power requirements and maintenance costs are a fraction of those associated with fitting a second pump. Overall, no other technology compares to the long-term low-cost operation of the FM BucketWheel.”

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