Rippin' Into It

Horsepower, shredding capacity, separating, screening. Whether it's for shredding paper, plastics, recyclables, topsoil or gypsum board, these features are all part of the game when it comes to today's shredding technology. Here's a sample.

Allegheny Paper Shredders

The 1000-Series shredders from Allegheny Paper Shredders Corp., Delmont, Pa., includes four high-capacity models ranging from 50 horsepower (hp) to 300 hp for document destruction. The shredders are designed for activities such as commercial shredding services and materials recovery facilities (MRFs), and have shredding capacities of up to 15 tons of paper per hour, the company says.


Ameri-Shred Industrial Corp., Monroeville, Pa., offers the Magnum line of industrial paper shredders, available in 125 hp, 150 hp and 200 hp. All shredders are available with paper metering systems that shred between 6 tons and 12 tons of paper per hour, the company says.

Andela Products

Andela Products Ltd., Richfield Springs, N.Y., offers the gypsum board recycling system that shreds and separates 10 tons to 20 tons of scrap gypsum board per hour, the company says. The system is available in small or large models, and can be used alone or as part of a turn-key system. Shredding, conveying and screening are enclosed in a 40-foot container with a dust control system. No pre-shredding is necessary, according to the company.


DKA LLC, Hendersonville, N.C., offers the WS-Series for shredding materials such as plastic, foaming materials, textiles, paper, cardboard, electric waste and wood waste. The series includes the WS 90, WS 22, WS 30 and WS 35 models.


Eurohansa Inc., High Point, N.C., supplies waste recycling equipment for the wood, plastics and rubber industries. Shredders have capacities of up to 30 tons per hour and are available as mobile or stationary units. The shredders generate wood chips in a variety of sizes for things such as animal bedding, mulch and boiler fuel. Customer-specific requirements are offered on single shredders and turn-key plants.


Granutech-Saturn Systems Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, offers the Saturn line of shredders to recycle and process tires, municipal solid waste (MSW), ferrous and non-ferrous scrap, hazardous waste, plastics, yard waste, drums and pallets. Shredders range from 75 hp to more than 1,000 hp, and are available in stationary, mobile and portable models.


Jeffrey Specialty Equipment Corp., Woodruff, S.C., offers the WBH horizontal wood hog line for wood waste, construction and demolition (C&D) debris, and pulp and paper plants. The WBH line has a power feed roll with an integral drive coupled with a gearmotor designed to eliminate the need for chains, the company says. The backs of the wood hog units are designed to open up and down, and are available with chain, vibrating and belt infeed conveyors.


The Komar Tiger 4 quad-shear series from Komar Industries Inc., Groveport, Ohio, is used for primary and secondary shredding. The series offers various sizes of charge openings in engines from 40 hp to 400 hp. Material is kept in the cutting area where particles are recycled over pitched screens to shred plastic, paper, medical waste and other materials. The unit is offered with either an electromechanical or a hydromechanical drive, and it operates at a slow speed with minimum noise, dust and energy requirements. The Tiger 4 has an automatic anti-jamming action and comes with a programmable logic control (PLC) system and steel alloy shafts.


MacKissic Inc., Parker Ford, Pa., offers the SC260-16 Chip N Shred shredder-chipper. It is highway-towable with independent Flexride suspension and has 4-inch, rapid-feed chipping and a shredding chamber with 48 free-swinging hammers. A 16-hp twin cylinder Vanguard engine, available in both manual and electric, powers the chipper. It also has load-free starting with overload protection, the company says.

McDonald Services

McDonald Services Inc., Charlotte, N.C., manufactures MSI pierce and rip shredders, and MSI high-speed shredders designed to handle mill cores, scrap tubes and old corrugated cartons (OCC). The high-speed shredder also handles paper. Both shredders are available for McDonald's horizontal balers. Optional equipment includes a water mister, a freestanding shredder stand, a top conveyor receiving hopper and a photo cell for infeed conveyor control. All six models run at 50 hp. McDonald also manufactures an MSI two-stage shredder and baling system.

Precision Husky

Precision Husky Corp., Leeds, Ala., manufactures the Pro-Grind series of shredders and recycling equipment. Models include the new Pro-Grind H-3854, as well as the 900, 1000, 2000, 4000 and 5100 models. The new H-3854 model is powered by a 500-hp or 750-hp diesel engine at 2,100 revolutions per minute (rpm). The H-3854 continuously processes up to 100 tons per hour of material such as grass, brush, limbs, slabs, logs and stumps, according to the company. The H-3854 includes a new downward-rotating, double-cut hammermill designed to prevent jamming. The hammermill wedges incoming material between the cutting heads and the shredder feet, which limits the depth of cut and prevents wide items from lodging in between the screen and the hammermill, the company says.


The Schred Max family of shredders from Protoworks Inc., Collingwood, Ontario, is used for C&D debris, recycling, composting and waste reduction. Schred Max can be used in mobile, stationary and sorting lines. It is remote control-operated and is powered by either a 40-hp diesel engine or a 50-hp electric power engine. The unit discharges densified waste onto the top of a roll-off container, onto the ground for loader removal, or onto a conveyor or radial stacker for stockpiling.


Royer, Myerstown, Pa., offers the model 466 shredder-mixer for topsoil processing and blending operations. Model 466 comes with an incline grizzly screen and a remote computer control unit. The system allows organic materials to be blended, aerated and screened via a cleated belt, the company says. The shredder produces a light, uniform and trash-free top dressing, while all unwanted debris automatically is removed by a side discharge conveyor, according to the company.


SSI Shredding Systems Inc., Wilsonville, Ore., offers the quad shaft shredder line for the electronic scrap industry to reduce circuit boards, CPUs, monitors, towers and other materials in a single pass. The shredder features a self-contained classifier and can produce output sizes ranging from ¾-inch to 6 inches, the company says.


Shred-Tech, Cambridge, Ontario, offers the STS line of single-rotor shredders. The shredders range from 7.5 kilowatts (kW) to 150 kW and can process many types of plastics and wood in different shapes, sizes and quantities, the company says. The shredders also are used to reduce off-spec, pre-consumer products and computer and electronic scrap. Electric and hydraulic single- and dual-drive options also are available. Additional features include a touch-screen for system setup, keyed power on and auto/manual switches, and separate power off and emergency stop buttons. Hardened and stress-relieved drive shafts are standard on all STS shredders. The shredders also come with screen size options, optional hardened screens, a PLC-controlled hydraulically powered ram, preset ram cycles and a custom-programmable cycle.


Vecoplan LLC, High Point, N.C., manufactures two categories of shredders, the ReTech single-shaft rotary shredder and the Vecoplan VZ dual-shaft waste reducer, each with pre-shredding and fine grinding capabilities. The closed design of both shredders uses hardened cutting inserts, which move through a stationary, air-spring-mounted counterknife. The single-shaft design uses an amp-controlled feed ram to advance material in the rotor. The dual-shaft design uses counter-rotating rotors that reverse under extreme conditions, the company says.

West Salem Machinery

West Salem Machinery Co. (WSM), Salem, Ore., offers its high-torque shredding and recycling system that converts wood waste into wood fiber products such as animal bedding, boiler fuel, chipboard furnish and mulch. Wood waste includes pallets and pallet scrap, trim ends and edgings, plywood and panel scrap, crating and packaging waste, and construction and industrial wood waste. The system offers batch feeding as well as automatic, unmanned operation. Features include a 16-inch-diameter cutting drum, multiple cutting anvils, four-way indexable cutter teeth, an oversized feed hopper with flared sides and optional magnetic separation. Sizing screens allow for single-pass processing of materials, according to the company.

Williams Patent

Williams Patent Crusher and Pulverizer Co. Inc., St. Louis, offers primary shredders such as one-way and reversible shredders with optional controlled airflow downward/controlled air management (CAD/CAM) technology. Williams' secondary shredders, also with CAD/CAM, are designed to meet the requirements of fuel preparations. The company's Ripshear shredder line features a low-speed, high-torque, disc-cutting action designed to reduce solid waste, according to the company. Williams' No-Nife wood hog shredders are used to shred bark and wood waste.

Danielle Onorato is a Waste Age Assistant Editor