Rock crushing, believe it or not, is big business. MacDonald and Bartley saw their machine being used in the creation of aggregate (small rocks) for roading, but it also became a huge deal in the mining industry, where even today the Barmac crusher is still the crusher of choice.
Just one large machine is able to crush over 1 million tons of rock per year. It took 8 years to turn their idea into a viable business, but the success of the product soon saw Bartley and MacDonald licensing its manufacture around the world, before finally selling the business in 1994 to a large international company who were delighted to get the Barmac into their product catalog.
Despite the number of copies and rip-offs, the name 'Barmac VSI' (for Vertical Shaft Impactor) lives on.