Shredder On Steroids Destroys Everything, Even Your Sofa

What is this thing exactly? Well, it’s an industrial shredder. It is designed to do one thing, eat whatever you put inside. There’s not too much that it won’t destroy. It made pretty light work of a refrigerator and a sofa. Then a massive construction tire which is perhaps the most impressive thing that it can get shredded. Think about this machine the next time you read the words “mechanically separated chicken” somewhere.


A Paper Shredder on Steroids


These types of shredders and chippers are designed to be used in heavy industrial environments. However, the ironic thing about them is that they work much the same way as a basic paper shredder. With a basic document shredder, the rollers feed the paper through a series of razor-sharp blades that cut the page to ribbons.

Industrial shredders work much the same way, yet they have to be modified to work best for their environment.

The main trip up here is pretty obvious. There is no easy way to feed a three dimensional object into something that essentially operates in a two-dimensional manner. Feeding a piece of paper through a shredder is pretty easy because the wheels do everything for you. Once the paper is inserted, the wheels act like tiny conveyors and move the paper through. However, trying to shove a refrigerator or sofa in between two rollers is a feat of another kind. The solution?

Outfit the rollers with raised teeth and stagger their placement. When you do that, the result is brutal. It is a thing of pure beauty. All of those raised teeth operate together, working like hundreds of little fingers to pull the object in between the separation rollers. Once it is there, imminent separation begins.

Be Sure of What You Put inside, Disassembly is Final!

I should say imminent, permanent separation. Because the fact of the matter is this, once you start feeding something into this beast, you cannot back it out in the same condition. Yes, you can reverse the rollers on the machine, and they often do so for cleaning. However, if you reverse the direction after feeding half of the refrigerator through, you only get half of a refrigerator back.

The rest will be deposited into thousands of little metal scraps for you to use as you see fit. You could use them for garden mulch or put them in boxes and give them to your friends as gifts for Christmas. I would not recommend any of these things, but you could do them if you wanted to. The point is that this shredder is a beast. What you see is fun and games compared to what many of these do on a daily basis. A lot of junkyards use them to create bite-size pieces of their old junk cars. This way, they can get rid of the remaining metal for scrap, and save valuable space on the yard when they acquire new inventory. 

They are also used when cities need to create space in their landfill or when they conduct a huge cleanup drive of sorts. Imagine the amount of space you save chipping up old bicycles and stereo systems versus throwing them in the back of the dump truck? However, at the end of the day, we really don’t care what they are used for.

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I should say imminent, permanent separation. Because the fact of the matter is this, once you start feeding something into this beast, you cannot back it out in the same condition