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Car Crushing Hydraulic Systems

I proudly admit that I was a bit of a tomboy when I was younger. I practically lived in my travel soccer uniform and I dreaded the day my mom made me wear a dress to school picture day. I loved going to hockey games, and stood up on my seat and cheered whenever a fight erupted. One of my other favorite things to do was go to a local junkyard with my dad and watch cars get crushed. It might sound a little strange, but we came from a very small town and there just wasn’t much else to do for entertainment. Much to my mom’s dismay, I would come home all flushed and talking about how exciting it was to watch the demolition and about the cool sounds the cars made as they were destroyed. I’m sure she thought I was going to grow up to be a criminal.

Needless to say, I turned out to be a completely satisfactory daughter and a fairly normal young adult. Something about the junkyard car crusher trips still amazes me though. The sheer power that is demonstrated by those machines is amazing. Something I know now that I didn’t know then is that the force behind that incredible power is a hydraulic press.

Almost all car crusher systems today use a hydraulic press. In this system, a pump, powered by a large motor, is what pushes the hydraulic fluid to drive the large cylinders. The large cylinders power the plates, that rise to allow room for the cars and then drop to crush them. There are many different forms of crushers, allowing you to get the results that you want. Some of them crush the cars into cubes or logs; others simply flatten out the cars. All of them share the common goal of “crushing” the car.

Nowadays I prefer to spend my free time going to movies or having dinner with some friends, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for those car crusher days, where I got to see a hydraulic press in all of its glory.