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Shredder Manufacturers and Suppliers

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Shred-Tech is an industry leader in the custom design and manufacturing of waste reduction systems and shredding machinery for a variety of recycling applications. Our Mobile and Stationary shredding solutions can handle a wide variety of materials including e-waste, plastics, paper, and metals. Contact us today or visit us online for more details.
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Our company offers a full selection of fairly priced shredders. These high performance systems are ideal for shredding a variety of materials including: wood, plastics, paper, textiles, tires, packaging, biomass, MSW, commercial waste and industrial waste. If you have a special project that requires a unique solution then just let us know and we will work with you to design the perfect shredder. Contact us today!
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Tackling the toughest shredding problems since 1980, SSI Shredding Systems designs, manufactures and supports today`s most versatile shredders and size reduction solutions. Our innovative engineering means equipment for all needs: waste (including medical), metal, paper, tire, e-scrap, plastics, product/security destruction, construction and demolition (C and D).
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Here at Harris Waste Management Group we have over 100 years of manufacturing experience. All of our shredders can be tailored to your needs. These products are extensively tested to ensure maximum durability. Our shredders are made from the very best materials. We can customize our solutions to match your exact needs. Please give us a call today to learn more information!
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Our long established Saturn-brand industrial shredders are designed with cost and innovation in mind, and provide the benefit you need no matter what you need to shred! Our one-two and four shaft Saturn-Brand shredders can handle metal, plastic, tires, paper, and even automobiles! We can destroy and repurpose nearly any material that you have in your factory. Find out more by visiting and view our shredder PRODUCT or APPLICATIONS page, or by calling us today.
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As the premier manufacturer of high capacity shredding systems for over 45 years, Allegheny offers a total solution for your security needs. Whether you need to destroy confidential documents, plastics, products or e-scrap, our superior American-made shredders, grinders and horizontal balers can do it all! We provide cost-effective solutions to help you collect, process and recycle for a profit!
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As the designer of the best waste management equipment in existence, we create waste processing solutions for customers everywhere. Our shredding systems are ready to be put to the test with any plastics, tires, pallet wood, or other waste equipment your company can throw at (or in) them. Visit our website today to learn more about our shredders and our committed engineering department.
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Shredders are machines that are used to process materials that require disposal or that require processing in advance of being recycled. Shredding services are used by a large variety of industries, from health care to paper production for recycling, to waste removal and storage. Industrial shredders are composed of a feed area with blades or gears for crushing or slicing material and a chute that passes the material into a receptacle or conveyor for further handling. Industrial shredders are often located in large, commercial shredding plants, inside the home or office or in a truck called a mobile shredder.

Shredders may be small and hand-fed or large and able to shred thousands of pounds of material per hour. Most shredders, like cardboard shredders, industrial grinders and metal shredders, are used to condense material in the waste and recycling industries. Plastic shredders and granulators are almost always used for recycling plastic products. Hard drive shredders and paper shredders, specifically document shredders, are mainly used to protect private information from being stolen by destroying documents and hard drives. Tire shredders and chipper shredders are sometimes used to produce certain products like wood chips or rubber pieces used in indoor soccer floors. 

The shredding industry provides service to its customers in several ways. The most common way, off-site shredding, is widely used by recycling plants for tires, wood, organic materials, old automobiles, scrap metals, plastics and cardboard. In this method, the materials are transported to a shredding facility. Remote document shredding is a service where a driver picks up the materials to be shredded and transports them to the facility where they are shredded in the same day. Some facilities offer mobile shredding, which is a service that brings large shredders on a truck to different businesses for the on-site shredding of documents. The trucks are often modified box trucks with industrial-sized shredders inside that can shred up to 8,000 pounds of material in an hour. This service is for businesses such as medical practices or government agencies that need industrial shredding but are required by privacy laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to witness the shredding of their documents.
Protecting privacy is an important reason shredding is used for some paper products and hard drives. Document shredders may be small, portable and upright equipment used in small offices or private homes, or they can be industrial-sized, off-site or on-site automated shredders that do not require hand feeding, which are used in hospitals, legal offices and government agencies. They protect private correspondence and confidential documents such as medical records or legal documents. Hard drive shredders also protect confidential and private information by physically demolishing platters of hard discs so their contents may never be recovered and fall into the wrong hands. These shredders do what deleting, overriding and cutting holes in disc drives can't. Hard disc shredders are often offered by companies that shred paper or microfilm via saw tooth hook cutters.

Recycling is another major function of shredders. Non-classified paper, plastic products, metal scrap and old tires are all products that are shredded and then recycled. Paper products are taken to a paper mill and condensed by shredders that strip cut, cross cut and particle cut paper into small shreds or pieces. They are then reduced to a raw pulp, which is used in the manufacturing of new paper that contains recycled fibers. Plastic products such as drums, pipes, car bumpers and bottles are reduced into fine particles by granulators via a rotor with strong blades and high rotations per minute. The resulting material is then heat treated and converted into other plastic products. Old tires are often cleaned, separated from their steel rims and shredded to produce crumb rubber, which is made into new tires and is used in the manufacturing of road asphalt. Crumb rubber is also sometimes used as a surface material for sports complexes. Metal scrap shredders are they strongest variety of shredder. They take products such as steel drums, cable, tubing, sheet metal or old cars, separate their metal parts from non-metal parts, put them through a heavy-duty shredder, and then compress them into dense blocks. Steel is often recycled through shredders, as half of stainless steel is produced from scrap metal.
Wood products and materials such as branches, cardboard boxes, crates and particle board are often shredded for recycling or conversion into other products. Chipper shredders cut wood into chip form, which reduces their bulk for easier disposal. Wood chips are also often used in the outdoors as walkways, in playgrounds and in landscaping or gardening. Used cardboard boxes and cartons are often shredded by steel cutters or shears to produce packing material or cut down to a certain size. Other wood waste such as pallets, crates or blocks are shredded and manufactured into briquette presses or prepared for heating furnaces. Shredders may be hand fed by workers (which is rarely still done because of safety concerns), put on a conveyor and fed into the shredder by meter feeding, or loaded by a forklift via batch feeding.
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Shredder Types

  • Automobile shredders are hammermill-type shredders that are big enough to shred entire cars and compact them into small squares for recycling.
  • Cardboard shredders are another common type of industrial shredder. Because cardboard is such a widely used packaging material, the efficient minimizing, removal and recycling of cardboard is a industry necessity. 
  • Cardboard shredders process used cardboard packaging.
  • Chipper shredders cut wood or other materials in small chips.
  • Document shredders are used to carefully destroy sensitive documents.
  •  Granulation are machines used for shredding small materials such as plastic bottles.
  • Hammermills are high-speed rotor equipped machines with large hammers for crushing material into reduced sizes with up to 6,000 horsepower of force. Hammermills come in various sizes and material reducing capabilities.
  • Hard drive shredders are used to destroy hard drives to avoid unwanted distribution or theft of information.
  • Hydraulic drive shredders have a pump, which powers the motor and is connected to an electric motor or diesel engine. These shredders can reverse away from the load and resume forward rotation in less than three seconds.
  • Industrial grinders use attrition and compression to crush material into small pieces.
  • Industrial shredders are equipment designed to destroy things in advance of disposal or reprocessing.
  • Medium-speed shredders are round and drum-like with multiple cutter inserts that work against a fixed bed knife. They are commonly used for reducing materials like plastics, electronic scrap, wood waste and nonferrous metals.
  • Metal shredders are heavy-duty shredders that shred metal scrap for recycling purposes.
  • Mobile shredders are shredding equipment that can be moved from place to place.
  • Paper shredders are one of the most common types of material shredders known. They can vary greatly in size and capacity and are standard fixtures in environments such as offices and paper mills. 
  • Plastic shredders are designed to cut discarded plastic into manageable pieces in advance of reprocessing.
  • Shredders are machines that cut various materials into small pieces.
  • Slow speed, shear type shredders are high torque, low speed shredders with two or more counter rotating shafts. The shafts have hooked knives capable of reducing a wide variety of materials such as tires, paper and baled metals such as aluminum.
  • Tire shredders are used both in junkyards and other rubber recycling centers. They are slow speed, high torque machines, capable of handling the dense rubber used in tires and tubing.
  • Tub grinders are used primarily for wood and organic material. They have a hammermill that rips and tears large pieces of material into smaller pieces, pulling them below the tub floor and forcing them through openings in grates below the mill.

Shredder Terms

Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) - Material left from an automobile that has been sent through an industrial shredder and all the ferrous metal has been taken out. Sometimes referred to as fluff.
Balers - Compress materials that have been shredded by industrial shredders into dense rectangular bales.
Bales - Compressed material that have been shredded by industrial shredders, which is bound, usually by wire.
Banding - The material, usually wire or nylon, wrapped around bales to secure them.
Burden Depth - The depth of the material is spread on a conveyor belt.
Cross-Cut - Cut in two directions by industrial shredders, resulting in smaller particles.
Destruction Chamber - The place in industrial shredders where material is torn, sliced, crushed or reduced.
Downstream Separation - The separation of material after it has gone through industrial shreddeders, usually from a conveyor belt.  Magnets, eddy current separators, trommels and other downstream separation equipment is often used.
Eddy Current Separator - A device for separating nonferrous metals from nonmetallic material that uses a mechanically driven alternating magnetic field and a non-magnetic metallic particle.  An eddy current is created and the particle is taken from the fixed field generator.  
Feed Width - The width of the opening where material is inserted into the industrial shredder shredder.
Ferrous - Iron-based metals like steel.
Granulator - Shredding machinery for shredding small materials such as plastics.
Hydraulic - Involving, moved by or operated by a fluid under pressure.
Material Burden - Material on a conveyor belt that needs to be sorted.
Non-ferrous - Non-iron based metals such as aluminum and copper.
Shredder Drive - The motor of the industrial shredder, often configured a number of different
ways including electric or hydraulic.
Slurry - A liquid based mixture or suspension of solids.
Speed - Denoted in "feet per minute." Determined by shredding continuous forms and materials and by calculating the length of paper shredded over a given time.
Strip-Cut - Shredded into thin strips. Generally the cut is the length of the material.
Throat - The opening where the paper or other materials are fed into the shredder. It needs to be large enough to accommodate the size of material.
Unshreddables - Materials that industrial shredders are unable to handle because they are too large or too thick to be shredded.
Waste Capacity
- Measured in gallons, the volume of paper or other products being shredded by industrial shredders that the waste bag or waste bin can hold.

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