Product feature: MDS M518R trommel

The MDS M518 recycling trommel is the latest machine to be added to the MDS fleet

The M518R is a compact track trommel that’s designed to be used in many applications

A compact track trommel, the M518R is designed to be used in many applications, such as compost, general waste, as well as rubber and plastics.

A recycling trommel like no other

The market for recycling trommels is vast with many options available but the MDS International M518R, available in New Zealand from MIMICO, is a clear standout, the manufacturer says.

MDS says they used experience gained from its heavy-duty trommel range to build a recycling trommel that does not compromise on quality and productivity. The M518R is made with the customer in its mind. MDS kept its range of customers from around the world at the centre of its design, continuing consultations throughout the design and production process to produce a superior recycling trommel.

The MDS trommel design offers an overall reduced height at 3.14 metres, which allows it to be hauled on regular low body and standard transport trailers. "MDS was able to achieve this with a minimal but sleek design and a low centre of gravity, yet it offers the ability to achieve high stockpile heights," says Garth Taylor, MIMICO’s crushing and screening business manager.

The M518R is built to allow easy change of configuration of its drums so the customer can make different grades of product using the same unit. "The machine is equipped with a hydraulic drum removal system that brings the drum out of the side and is easily changed using a standard forklift," says Garth.

"This whole process can be completed within 30 minutes and ensures the customer has minimal downtime while changing configurations." MDS offers three different styles of drums to cater for varied applications. The drums are made as frames onto which different-sized media can be fixed.

Drum frames are available to suit screen mesh for soil and compost applications, punch plate to suit recycling and materials with rock contamination, and a heavy-duty rock drum with interchangeable mesh segments. This makes the M518R versatile, as it can have drums with openings from 1mm to 150mm.

The M518R was designed with mobility and accessibility as primary features. The unit is compact so it can be transported with ease. In addition, the trommel is on tracks, which makes it simple to load on and off low body trailers.

Furthermore, the M518R can be used as a washing trommel with the washing system installed. This includes a sealed drum section, washing pipes, and washing tray underneath for drainage.

This model has been running in the UK and Europe and has received high praise, MDS says, adding that customers have reported the unit has achieved processing rates far exceeding those of their existing trommels and screens. The ability to change the drum speed allows them to alter their set-up and process material better.

The M518R runs on CAT 2.2 diesel engine and delivers an economical fuel efficiency of seven litres per minute. It is especially useful in processing general waste, compost, soil, woodchip, rubber, and plastics.

MDS believes this trommel will revolutionise the recycling industry and make the machine more accessible to many recycling centres due to its cost benefits and ease of access and use.

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