Anybody can claim to be an expert on anything. However, what are the qualifications? What makes someone a Rock crushing or concrete crushing expert? Is it great salesmanship? Did the expert read 2 or 3 books on crushing and now believes they are an expert? The truth is that there is no degree or diploma on concrete and rock crushing.
Most contractors respect hands-on experience. After all, how can you claim to be an expert in an industry that requires that you get your hands dirty if you’ve never actually crushed anything?
Just like in martial arts, there are different levels of experts. Are they an orange belt or a black belt? Has the crushing expert ever actually operated a crusher day in and day out? We’re not talking about being able to start a diesel and operate a remote control. An expert should understand the “BUSINESS of crushing. An expert should understand what it takes to operate a successful crushing operation.
There are some crushing experts that specialize in a specific type of crushing. There are others that have worked or worked rock quarries. There are others who have operated mobile/track mounted concrete and asphalt crushers. There are crusher mechanics and there are experts who claim to understand operational costs.
A true crushing expert understands all facets of operating a successful crushing business and has been there and done that. Having said this, most experts have some age on them. There is no substitute for experience and experience comes with age and wisdom.
The point is that when consulting with a “so-called expert”, one must understand the level of their expertise. If you’re planning on making a large investment in crushing, you best understand who you’re taking advice from. Feel free to ask the salesman or company what qualifies them as an expert.
A true “Black Belt” crusher expert will most likely have experience in a broad range of crushing applications. Someone that has actually been in the field and worked in or around sand and gravel operations, rock quarries, concrete recycling and asphalt recycling operations, as well as mining operations will most likely be qualified as a “TRUE” expert whose’ opinion should be respected.
The truth is that you should always consider the source of the information when taking advice. Salesmen have a habit of believing they know what your business hurdles are, just because they sell a machine that you may be interested in. This doesn’t mean that the salesman is being deliberately fraudulent or deceptive. it simply means that he or she only understands the machine they are selling and not what it takes to be in the crushing business.
Take advice from people who have been in your shoes and understand what you’re facing each day. Be wary of self-proclaimed gurus who have little to no idea what being in business is like and claim to be your “partner”.
A true partner will assist you in service, parts, and help with all aspects of operating your crushing business. An expert can do the math and help you to make prudent machinery decisions based on your particular needs and circumstances.
Remember, somewhere out there is the world’s worst doctor and crushing guru. The problem is that someone has an appointment with the doctor or guru tomorrow. Be street smart and do your research to be sure you’re taking advice from experienced professionals.