Farrish Crushing Saves $70,000 in First Year with Accurate Weighing from Trimble LOADRITE C2850 Belt Scale
Farrish Crushing is located outside of Listowel, Ontario and is a custom crushing company and producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel for asphalt paving, road construction and materials recycling. The company is co-owned by Robert Farrish and Missy Brears.
Farrish Crushing was looking to improve a relationship with a longtime paving customer and to recapture lost revenue due to ongoing disputes about material delivery. As a result, Farrish Crushing reached out to its local equipment dealer and partner, Silver Top Supply and LOADRITE for help.
Trimble® LOADRITE® C2850 belt scale
- Improved relationship with customers using LOADRITE C2850 belt scale from Trimble – provides consistent weighing and accurate weight information with +/-1% margin of error
- Saved $70,000 in first year using LOADRITE belt scale – recouped material costs and reduced stress and anxiety regarding weights and payments
- Produced 50,000 tons of aggregate for Capital Paving in just two and half months – crushing, weighing and moving an average of 2,500 tons of rock material per day
Ontario-based Farrish Crushing is a custom crushing operation that has been in business for more than 25 years. The company is co-owned by Robert Farrish and Melissa (Missy) Brears, who started as an office manager in 2000. Brears became a co-owner and business partner with Rob Farrish in 2010. Today, the company has 10 employees and produces about 650,000 of custom rock per year. Farrish Crush owns and operates mobile crushing equipment producing construction aggregate for contractors that build roads, parking lots, driveways, paved areas and for other construction projects.
Farrish Crushing has a large mixed fleet of modern equipment, including Cat 980H midsize loaders, a portable Pioneer jaw crusher, a Pioneer 5x16 screen plant, Nordberg conveyor/stacker, 60-foot reach stackers and much more. The team produces about 2,500 metric tons of material per day, and most jobs require between 15,000 to 75,000 tons of materials; often customer requests include two to three specific coarse gravels and aggregates products.
About two years ago, a longtime customer Capital Paving hired Farrish Crushing to produce 50,000 tons of aggregate for an upcoming paving job. Brears estimates work for Capital Paving averages about $500,000 per year, which accounts for 15% of the company’s total revenue. At that time, the Capital Paving team asked to determine material by volume and then convert it into weights (ton) for payment calculation. Brears knew that volume based measurement could be inconsistent and inaccurate and cause disputes over the tonnages of materials delivered.
“I knew that we needed to find a solution that both parties could consistently rely on and agree to, so I suggested that we purchase and use a LOADRITE conveyor belt scale for our mobile crusher and use that to capture weights,” said Brears. “I was tired of giving away extra material and losing money. The year before we lost around $70,000 because of it and there is always that sticking point in the customer’s mind about weights.”
With weekly calibration check as an extra assurance, Capital Paving agreed to accept the weights collected from the LOADRITE C2850 conveyor belt scale. Farrish Crushing worked with its local equipment dealer and partner, Silver Top Supply, to setup and calibrate the LOADRITE belt scale. Used on the Nordberg conveyor, the LOADRITE belt scale was mounted directly under the belt. They system works by relying on an integrator to process the sensor signals from the load cells as well as the speed wheel into operating data. This data is used for continuous weighing and flow measurement. LOADRITE C2850 measures tons of material moved per hour and total tonnage. It also measures the time spent running an empty or partially loaded belt, as well as the belt start time and stop time. This data is then collected and sent via a cellular modem to remote display.
After two and half months of using the belt scale, Farrish Crushing successfully delivered 50,000 tons of crushed aggregate to Capital Paving. During that time, Brears delivered daily tonnage reports and slowly the relationship with the customer improved.
“We’re extremely happy with the belt scale and I believe it will continue to save us money in the long run, and it’s definitely improved our relationship with that customer,” said Brears. “There’s no longer any question or discussion about the tonnage or product delivered, they trust it when they see the report and invoice. That’s how it should be.”
Brears likes that the LOADRITE scale helps build that level of trust with customers, and she sees other customers taking notice. She also feels it improves productivity of the loading and weighing operation because the team can keep working consistently and deliver exactly what each customer requested. Looking ahead, she and Farrish are considering purchasing additional LOADRITE belt scales to continue to stand out from the competition and to be the go-to custom crusher that works with customers and delivers.
“Over the years, we’ve been very satisfied with LOADRITE,” said Brears. “It consistently works the way it should and holds its accuracy very well over time. Not only that, it’s second nature to our guys because they are simple to use, so workflow is not interrupted or slowed down.”