Milwaukee-based BCA Industries, a manufacturer of professional recycling equipment and accessories, has designed its PD1000 IO X tire shredder so it can overcome the bottleneck associated with the loading and unloading of material before and after shredding.

“The challenge is that portable shredding systems have not been designed to take advantage of one of the recycling industry’s most labor-efficient types of containers: open-top walking floor semi-trailers, which simplify loading and unloading,” explained the company.

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“Traditional portable shredders cannot reach the height of an open-top walking floor semi-trailer, which is the standard in the recycling industry,” the company added.

“When loading scrap containers, typical portable shredder conveyors can only reach about 9 feet high at best, while the ubiquitous semi-trailers can be up to 13 feet high. As a result, tire recyclers have been limited to using roll-off trailers or dumpsters with these kinds of systems.”

The company describes the PD1000 IO X as a portable, high-volume shredder designed to work with open-top walking floor semi-trailers. The portable shredding system reportedly reduces production downtime and maintenance costs by using off-the-shelf parts and quick-replace cutter heads.

“Now, recyclers can rapidly shred tires and reach the heights needed to load open-top walking floor semi-trailers without moving any of the shredding equipment,” the company added.

Further, the company claims that the BCA dual-shaft, low-speed, high-torque shear shredding system can shred automotive and light-duty truck tires at a volume of 4 to 5 tons per hour. Meanwhile, operators can also shred semitrailer truck treads following sidewall removal.

The PD1000 IO X system consists of the PD1000 shredder along with a PD1000 IO conveyor, a double-jointed system that hydraulically “unfolds” to 13 ft high.

The conveyor feeds tires into the shredder’s 36 inch x 28 inch cutting chamber where 2 inch x 14.625 inch four-hook knives shred the material to the desired size. The larger unfolding section deposits the shredded material into the open top of the walking floor trailer.

The PD1000 IO X system is transportable with a non-CDL vehicle such as a 1 ton pickup truck. The power unit is a self-contained diesel/hydraulic system that does not require additional electrical connections or a concrete slab for use.

In addition to processing scrap tires, the PD1000 IO X can also be used to recycle plastic, pallets, electronic scrap, construction and demolition materials, ferrous and nonferrous metals, furniture, paper and clothing.

To help reduce downtime and maintenance costs, BCA explained that its PD1000 shredder eliminates the typical complex gearbox and instead uses a double, heavy-duty chain drive. An inexpensive “off-the-shelf” American-made hydraulic system uses dual motors that are readily available, BCA added.

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