Operators Opt For Gyru-Star Innovative Screening Systems.
Operators in the construction, landscaping and agricultural sectors across Ireland seeking a fast and efficient screening system, are increasingly turning to the unique and innovative Gyru-Star range, as Plant & Civil Engineer has been finding out.
A cost-effective compact screening bucket for soils, aggregates and compost, GyruStar is distributed by Plant Services Ireland based at Ashbourne in County Meath and which is headed up by Brendan Commins.
The keenly priced range of screening buckets, manufactured in the UK by Gloucester based Wheatway Solutions Limited, are suitable for excavators between one and 30 tonnes, as well as other small machines including skid steers, telehandlers, agricultural tractors and backhoe loaders.
What makes the Gyru-Star so effective and so unique is its clever design incorporating flexible poly stars. Unlike the steel alternatives, these screen without crushing and shredding, virtually eliminating the potential for sharp stones, while producing a very fine product size.
“Some are surprised that the star-shaped teeth of the Gyru-Star are made of polyurethane instead of steel. Some even make the mistake of thinking they’re not sturdy. The truth is that it creates a fast and efficient self-cleaning action without crushing or shredding. Polyurethane also makes the bucket lighter and easier to transport,” says Brendan Carroll from Wheatway Solutions.
All Gyru-Star buckets use sealed bearings – so no greasing - and combined with Poly Chain carbon belt drive lines with belt tensioners they require little or no maintenance or regular servicing; a pre-season check should be all that is needed. With a near silent operation, the screening buckets which feature a powder coated frame, are ideal for the likes of utility companies and other contractors working in built up or residential areas. The buckets, being small and light enough to fit on to the back of a normal pick-up truck, would also be well suited for hire companies seeking a new and profitable product line.
So, what do contractors and end users think about them? First, we asked Norman O’Brien from CGR Construction & Plant Hire in Ashbourne; he recently fitted a 4-120HE bucket to his 13 tonne Kobelco excavator. “It’s been an excellent investment,” he says. He is currently using the bucket to screen topsoil. “We operated a screener before, but this is so much more mobile, effective and efficient on site. It makes our work that much easier.” Similar sentiments have been expressed by Brendan Walsh from Meath.
The landscapers, who recycle green waste, is using a 3-150L Gyru-Star on a Manitou teleporter to grade compost.
“It is a cost-effective way to obtain a screener without having to invest a huge amount of money,” he says. “It is a perfect fit for our operation and has enabled us to better utilise the machinery we already have. The teleporter is one of the smallest yet it drives the bucket very well; it takes very little power and runs smoothly off the hydraulics.”
We’ve also been speaking to Martin Goucher, Head of Product Sales at Peter O’Brien and Sons Landscaping Ltd in Swords outside Dublin; the company is Ireland’s oldest and leading full-service landscape contractors, founded back in 1963. “All the feedback from our operators has been very positive,” he says. “The buckets are very durable, very sturdy.”
The landscape company invested in two buckets for a specific project linked to the construction of the €140m National Forensic Mental Health Service Hospital at Portrane in County Dublin – a Gyru-Star 3-60E fitted to a 3 tonne JCB excavator, and a 3-100H for an 8 tonne JCB. “In keeping with our brief, we used the buckets to screen down stones on the site to 10mm,” says Martin. “They have performed exactly as we expected, and we are now putting them to use on other projects.”
After Sales Service
As a supplier of a wide range of equipment, including Gyru-Star screening buckets, Plant Services Ireland has a very diverse customer base, from quarrying companies to local farmers, and adds Brendan Commins:
“We pride ourselves on providing a top class after sales back-up service; we appreciate that it is imperative for our customers to have reliable support to avoid any unnecessary downtime which is why, with fully equipped vans on the road, we operate a 24/7 call out service. We also carry a full range of parts and spares enabling us to get our customers back up and running again with the minimum of delay."
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Which Gyru-Star Screening Bucket Model Is This?
THE GYRU-STAR RANGE
The E range is smallest screening bucket suitable for excavators ranging from 1-5 ton, perfect for work areas where space is limited.
The HE range of buckets are designed for heavier excavators – four to 13 tonne - but, has the option for loader conversion; these buckets have increased size and capacity due to increase in rotor quantity and length in comparison to the E range.
The HDX models for seven to 30 tonne excavators, are made from a more resistant type of steel and have additional wear plates. The models have a unique design allowing for loader conversion; special hangers allow the loader interface to attach straight onto the bucket.
The L range, for one to five tonne compact mini loaders and tractors, have 2 or 3 rotors; the specialist shell designs allow dedicated Kustom Konnect interfaces to be added for easy carrier connection; this can be fixed, adjustable or interchangeable to suit your carrier needs.
The SL range is the dedicated skid steer range. All SL models are three rotor, varying in width from 1000mm- 1500mm.
The MAX range, known for the longer wider cutting edge and non-stick floor, are the largest capacity buckets available. The specialist design makes it easier to pick up longer smaller piles of material, perfect for padding and backfilling, where the max buckets can screen directly into the trench.