Komptech Crambo shredder and Topturn compost turner, the industry choice


Komptech CEA’s National Product Manager Deon Cope tells why Komptech’s Crambo shredders and Topturn compost turners go together like rock and roll.

FOGO (food and garden organics), in-vessel composting, and anaerobic digestion are the buzzwords of the organics recycling world these days. As local councils roll out new bins and new rules, Australians are adapting to depositing all sorts of previously landfill-bound goodies into their green bins.

Despite this, purely “green” waste streams still have an enormous part to play in the circular economy of the future, whether sourced from local council park and garden maintenance, landscaping, or forestry businesses. 

Komptech CEA’s National Product Manager Deon Cope says there is no shortage in demand from organics businesses processing green waste in outdoor windrow operations.

For these businesses, reliable shredders and compost turners are primary tools of the trade. Deon says Komptech’s Crambo shredder and Topturn compost turners are the industry choice for businesses who need to optimise their composting process, and ensure a consistent, high-quality end-product. 

“The Crambo is Komptech’s main shredder for organics applications, and the company’s most popular shredder on the market for green waste,” Deon says. 

“It features a large cassette that sits below the rotating shafts, and can be fitted with various screens which are easily interchanged to size shredded material according to the desired end‑product.”

Deon says the Crambo’s dual-shaft, high-torque, low-speed design makes it unique in the market. 

“The benefits of this shredder include reduced operating costs and wear and tear or damage from feedstock contamination like steel or concrete.” 

According to Deon, the direct-drive Crambo models such as the 4200 Direct, 5200 Direct, and 6200 Direct are especially popular due to their fuel efficiency compared to hydraulic driven variants.

“Once the material has been shredded, it is put into windrows for the composting process,” he says. “That’s where the Topturn comes in.”

Deon says the Komptech Topturn has been well received in the Australian market, which he attributes to the country’s relative abundance of space.

“Windrows require a large area, and we’ve got the space to do it,” he says.

CEA offers the Komptech Topturn in four models: the X4500, X5000, X63, and the X6000, which cater to progressively larger sizes of windrow.

“The larger the size means the wider and higher the row height,” he says. “There is an optimal windrow size when it comes to aeration, moisture content, and management of the rows. The right choice for a customer will ultimately come down to the type and scale of their operation, as well as their budget. 

“There are also additional options you can select, from standard cameras to 360-degree cameras to irrigation devices. Irrigation is popular in Australia due to the climate, so we always tend to option them as ‘irrigation ready’, which is also valuable from a resale value point of view.”

In the family

The Topturn’s four models cater to different sizes of windrow.

Deon says it has become common for Australian customers to order Crambos and Topturns together – and that there are benefits to doing so. 

“Both machines run Cat diesel engines, so you’ve got that commonality of parts between the two,” he says. “The same goes for our hydraulic and electric components.

“Shredders and turners are both essential machines for composters, so uptime is critical. Loyalty to the Komptech family allows owners and fleet operators to manage multiple machines through one common telematics platform, Komptech Connect. 

“This provides operators with fuel management, service management, and types of usage data, including the ability to monitor machines for any service intervals and fault codes.”

Deon says this can help CEA prepare for a customer’s service needs well in advance.

“We’re trying to get to a point where we can notify the user when one of their machines is 100 hours or so away from their next service, so they can start planning,” he says.

“We’re investing a lot of time and energy into harnessing telematics to be more proactive with servicing and parts. We want to help our customers be as organised as possible.”

In a world still plagued by supply chain issues, Deon says CEA is working towards using machine data to help predict the demand for parts across the country – and stocking up in advance. 

CEA is planning for an anticipated rise in demand.

“We’re planning for growth, and we want to be able to support customers by ordering the stock now,” Deon says. 

“That way, we’ll have stock on the ground for those customers that need to move quickly. We’re already ordering out to 2024 and beyond, and forecasting to ensure that we can grow with the market.

“CEA has made a firm commitment to Komptech and to the market. We’re here to take the industry seriously by investing not just in machines, but also in spare parts, training, and people.”   

For more information, visit: www.komptechcea.com.au

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