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grizzley30814 04-09-2007 09:17 PM

Can Crusher ?
Any one have a set of plans I can use as a basis for a project with my 6 year old?

I would like to build a can crusher he can use to recycle cans and save the money.

I think it would be a cool project for us to work on and he may even learn something!

I did a search on here and all I saw was rock and car crushers, cool but a little big for this project. lol


Tom Zachman 04-09-2007 09:22 PM

The gods are telling you to jump to where the real money is....

OZWELDER 04-09-2007 09:46 PM

can crusher
I built one of the at trade college where I taught with my apprentices Unfortunately no plans where ever drawn up.The design won my apprentices prizes in a national fabrication contest run by a major welding company here in Oz. We made the unit to give to one of the disabled kids associations and entered it in the contest as an after thought.

Perhaps a good description will do for you.
Firstly a pipe roughly the id of a standard can was selected.
It was made about 30" long. This was mounted horizontally on a saw horse like tand. On each end we mounted inclined "magazines" to roll - load the cans by gravity.

The cans were crushed into solid ends welded into the pipe, by a solid sliding piston driven from one end to the other by a lever pivoted on the central top section on the pipe. the pipe top was slotted to allow for this and a pivot lug welded on.

The crushed cans dropped out of a slot in the bottom of each end of the pipe into a receptacle.

The lever had to be of a length to give mechanical advantage to the lightly built kids.

It could crush 30 cans in 20 seconds. No scanner at the moment so I can't even send a sketch.

Best I can do

Gadgeteer 04-09-2007 11:40 PM

Have any photos of the crusher?

boilerman 04-09-2007 11:53 PM

wait till 55 gallon drum is full....empty in drive way...continue to use drive way ....pick up cans that get smashed every other day .....well this plan works for me

grizzley30814 04-10-2007 06:30 AM

Can Crusher
"wait till 55 gallon drum is full....empty in drive way...continue to use drive way ....pick up cans that get smashed every other day .....well this plan works for me"

Main problems:lol
1. Pretty sure his legs can't work or reach the clutch in my F-250
2. Ain't no way momma is going to put up with the cans poured out in the drive way.

I guess I will look at the one from HF and come up with something from that. I do like the magazine loading idea though

Thanks for the help. I'll post some pictures when I come up with something.

Cavalry 04-10-2007 02:24 PM

back in the day I use to work in a grocery store that took back cans. The machine to crush them was just 2 rollers with a chute on top and a bucket undernieth.

2 $5 wheels, a crank, some kind of chute and you are set. If he doesnt have the gusto to work the crank under load a piece of plate on one of the wheels would make a nice flywheel.

grumpy 04-10-2007 04:10 PM

Okay Grizzley here ya go. Find a copy of Welding Projects by James A Ruck (here's a link: Can Crusher Project ). When you get a copy look on page 83 and there you will find one of what you're looking for. Good luck but I like the can on the driveway idea (it's cheaper). And don't ever think the little one can't reach the pedals of that Ford. All he has to do is sit on the floor and push the pedals with his hands and have one of his little friends stand on the seat and steer. Yup, it's been done.

Greenbuggy 04-11-2007 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by Tom Zachman
The gods are telling you to jump to where the real money is....

Be careful there...I hear lots of methheads around here are going for the "real money" and cutting catalytic converters off of cars in the wal-mart parking lot... :D

grizzley30814 04-12-2007 07:04 AM

Funny you should mention that. My nephew took off to atlanta a while back and ended up having his little honda car stolen, got it back about 2 weeks later and it was missing the stereo and the converter. Looks like it was cut out with a sawsall. They only made it a couple of miles in it since it was leaking oil so bad the death rattle probably scared them. But they took the converter.


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