Car Crushing, How It Works?

What once was a shiny new car in the dealership’s parking lot, it lays in a junk yard, bare, ready to receive 150 tons of crushing force.

The first step of recycling is to crush old cars, metal appliances, etc. Different metals have different prices, some metals are more valuable than others, but that we’ll learn later on in this article.

How It Works

It all starts with a crusher. There are stationary and portable crushers. Portable crushers are set on a semi-truck, that way they can be moved place to place. The crusher compresses the metal in order to save up space when it comes to storing. The parts of the machine include a bed, a crushing plate, and the engine.

Cars are placed on the bed, aligned so that the force is applied evenly. The crushing plate is the one that does most of the work. The hydraulic system that the crushing machine uses will deliver an average of 150 tons of force, turning whatever it’s in its mouth into a cube of steel. What generates the power to crush is the hydraulic fluid which pump the cylinders.

Before crushing cars are usually stripped, pieces like the battery, the transmission, among others are taken out and used for resale, where as others are recycled or thrown away. Some crushers use magnets to separate the ferrous metals to the non-ferrous metals.

To learn more about Tesoro Metals Recycling’ process and the value your metals have visit us in our McAllen or Weslaco locations, or contact us at (956) 630-2487, our knowledgeable staff will answer all your questions.