Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is one of the largest waste and recycling companies in the Chicago area. In order to process the massive amount of waste material that comes through its seven locations, LRS requires equipment that is dependable, versatile and durable. It found a solution with a fleet of 15 Komatsu PC210LC excavators outfitted with Komatsu waste packages.
“Our PC210s run up to 20 hours a day – sometimes as many as 11 hours straight – which is vital to keeping us on schedule,” explained LRS Managing Partner Rich Golf. “We know that they are going to run every day.”
The company uses its PC210LC fleet to sort through piles of waste material, removing pieces that can hinder the performance of its production line.
“It is an instrumental tool,” shared Golf. “Operators can identify items that might be harmful to machines downstream like hoses, electrical cords, plastics or bulky items.”
Golf touts the versatility of the PC210LC for its ability to feed the operation, a task typically reserved for a large wheel loader.
“It takes up less space, uses less fuel and eliminates tire costs,” said Golf. “It does the job of a WA500 wheel loader, just more efficiently.”
To help the PC210s perform 20-hour work days in unforgiving conditions, LRS equips its excavators with Komatsu waste packages.
“Overheating can be a serious problem,” stated Golf. “However, the Komatsu package includes an enhanced cooling feature with wider fins and radiators that swing out. It improves access to the area and allows us to blow them out quicker to keep everything cool.”
The waste package also includes an enhanced boom arm and stick as well as extra safety guarding around the cab. Golf credits the Komatsu waste package as one reason why LRS excavators work past the 15,000-hour mark – with some already at 25,000 hours. They also play a role in ensuring that those hours are completed safely.
“Komatsu has done a great job of creating waste packages that meet our needs,” noted Golf. “This helps make the machines more durable as well as safer for the operator. Safety has been our top priority from day one, and that has been important in our relationship with Komatsu.”