Shredding for Newbies: Selecting the Right Shredding Equipment

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In our previous blog in the series, Shredding for Newbies, we discussed the different types of shredder systems available in the market and their features. Today, we’ll take our discussion a step further and review the factors that need to be kept under consideration when selecting a shredding equipment for your operations to ensure the equipment you’re buying adequately fits your needs.

There are four key points that need to be considered when selecting a shredding equipment for your waste management operations:

1. Type of material you intend to recycle

This is arguably the most important factor to keep in mind when choosing a shredder for your recycling needs. Shredders are highly material specific, and so, you must buy a shredder that’s designed for handling the material(s) that you intend to recycle.

For instance, if you operate a tire business, you’ll require a machine that can handle cable and steel wire along with nylon and rubber. These applications are best served by low speed, high torque multiple shaft shredders with interlocking cams or cutters.

Similarly, if you operate a woodworks shop or tree service, you’ll most likely be handling wood and wood products. As such, a high-speed chipper should be the best choice for your business.

2. Your output requirements

What are your output requirements? Do you simply intend to ship the shredded output to a nearby recycling facility for further processing? If so, a single-pass shredder will probably suit you best.

Or, do you intend to create marketable products from the shredded output?

If you do, then you’ll need a shredder system with sorting and separating stages.

Simply stated, your output requirements will play a key role in determining the type of shredder equipment you should buy to accomplish the goals of your waste management program.

3. Processing capacity

Next, we have processing capacity.

The processing capacity of a shredding system is determined by its physical size; this incudes hopper size as well as drum and cutter size.

Many business owners make the mistake of focusing only on the hopper size when buying a shredder system, and they ignore other rated capacities for the equipment.

The result?

The machine is unable to accept process-loads required to keep the operations efficient and cost effective.

Always check the complete size profile of a shredder equipment and then make your decision.

4. Feed type

What is feed type, you ask?

Feed type is basically the nature of material supply that serves as the infeed for the shredding equipment.

Feed type can either be intermittent or continuous.

If the feed is intermittent, supplied via trucks, bins or fork lifts, then it’s wise to invest in a manual shredding equipment. On the other hand, if the supply is continuous, you’re better off with an automatic shredder.

Besides type of material, output requirement, processing capacity and feed type, portability, process integration and safety features are some other factors to keep in mind when selecting a shredding equipment for your business waste management needs.

Rest assured, you can look forward to enjoying environmental and business benefits of waste recycling with this all-savvy investment that which we call industrial shredders.

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