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Have you ever suffered from a jammed waste shredder?

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If you have, then you know how time-consuming and irritating it is to sort out the jam. Not to mention the money that goes to the drain for every minute your process is down.

Jamming usually occurs when you shred long materials, such as packaging or construction waste. These waste fractions often include long pieces of plastic and fibre fabrics that really love getting wrapped around your rotor. Experience has shown that this is especially a problem for shredders that have two rotors.

How can you overcome this? One option would of course be turning down shredding jobs that may result in jamming, but business-wise, this wouldn't be a viable idea. Another – and in my view better – way of dealing with materials that jam easily is to choose machinery that will eat them no problem. Otherwise you are between a rock and a hard place: either you accept long downtimes because of jamming or you turn down jobs.

So, when searching for new shredding machinery, make sure that it has lots of torque so it has no problems dealing with materials that jam easily.

But torque alone is not enough. The knife and rotor design has an impact on your shredder’s ability to prevent jams as well. When the process is based on shredding rather than crushing, one of the causes of easy jams is ruled out from the start. And if the engineers have carefully positioned the knives in a patented double spiral, then the shredded materials are distributed more evenly on the rotor.

With that kind of a shredder, you will enjoy a smooth shredding process, maximum uptime and optimised maintenance costs.

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