Marathon Equipment Company

Known throughout the world as a leading manufacturer of on-site waste compaction and recycling systems, began one evening in early 1966 as Lawson Acton, refuse hauling contractor, and Jack Wright, a manufacturer of car washes, were talking over the back fence. Acton wasn’t happy with the stationary compactors of the day because they were built like “battleships”, with complicated electrical and hydraulic systems. Only the “wealthy few” could afford them, which automatically left out retailers, shopping malls and smaller industrial companies.

Acton envisioned a compactor which utilized material better and more economically priced within the reach of his waiting market. Combining his idea with Wright’s manufacturing expertise, the first RamJet® compactor was born. It was a struggle for the fledgling company that began producing compactors in its first “factory”, an abandoned service station in 1967. Both resistance from a “wait and see” market and competitive activity combined to make the first years in Birmingham, Alabama, very difficult.

The obvious advantages of Marathon’s more efficient use of materials finally began winning out, and the firm stepped up to a 7,000 sq. ft. plant, then 20,000 sq. ft. and in 1975, to their present facility in Vernon, Alabama. Since 1975, the company has continued its growth by expanding the original 80,000 sq. ft. in Alabama to the present 150,000 sq. ft. In December 1985, Marathon opened its second new plant in Yerington, Nevada, which was expanded in the spring of 1994 from its original 30,000 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft. In November 1989, Marathon opened its third manufacturing plant in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with 92,000 sq. ft. of floor space.

Privately held for its first 23 years, Marathon was acquired in 1990 by Dover Industries, a diversified industrial manufacturing company and wholly owned subsidiary of Dover Corporation which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.


Octagon Compaction

Marathon’s reliable Octagon Compaction Containers are designed with a contoured end, which creates a rolling effect as solid waste is compressed inside the container. This unique design fills every void and results in a highly dense compaction.

Standard features include:

  • Floor, front, and door were specifically designed to withstand abuse and ensure strength and longevity.
  • Floor and container sides are constructed out of 7 gauge steel plate back with 3-inch (76mm) structural steel channel 8 5/8-inch (219mm) diameter ground rollers.
  • Longitudinal sills made of 2-inch (51mm) by 6-inch (152mm) structural steel tubing.
  • The door is reinforced with 3-inch (76mm) structural steel channels, deep box sections of 7 gauge steel plate, and 3/4-inch (19mm) by 4-inch (102mm) bar stock hinges.
  • Hinges, guide rollers, and ground rollers are equipped with grease fittings.
  • Understructures available to fit most roll-off hoists.
  • 46 3/8-inch (1178mm) high by 64-inch (1626mm) wide standard door opening (other sizes optional).



Get 30% greater compaction results than with a standard compactor!

A Marathon PreCrusher eliminates “light loads” of pallets, crates, large boxes, and drums that fill your container with air. The packing ram moves through the charge box with a high level of force that effectively crushes everything against the PreCrusher’s vertical steel wall. The wall is then raised and the ram fully extends, compacting the refuse into the attached container. Uniform compaction is achieved throughout the receiver container. Every stroke is a crushing compaction stroke. The results: fewer trips to the landfill!

The RJ-450 HD/PC/High-Volume and RJ-575 HD/PC are fully automatic. After pressing the “Start” button, the compaction ram crushes the material against the heavy steel wall in the charge chamber. The steel wall then automatically lifts and the crushed material is recompacted into the receiver container. The PreCrusher then resets itself to await the next load.

Marathon’s PreCrushers are ideal for crushing:

  • 55-gallon steel drums
  • Wood pallets
  • Wood crates
  • Spools
  • Industrial waste
  • White goods
  • Turnings
  • Other hard-to-destroy materials


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