Things to know about shredder sizing

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Courtesy of Harden Industries Ltd.

The right sized shredder is important. As shredder sales, they will, as a rule, recommend a shredder that is sized to need much less than 100% of its available power to do the job.

The reason for this is that as cutters dull with use, they require more power to shred. With an ample reserve power capacity, the performance of a shredder can be maintained for far longer before the cutters need to be replaced.

Also, they will recommend that a shredder be sized to grab only as much material as it has the power to shred. So besides model size and power capacity, considerations like cutter and shaft dimensions, infeed chamber, and material properties need to be taken into account.

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