Maximizing scrap value, controlling environmental impact, and minimizing disposal costs are all key to a successful site clearing or construction demolition project. Once recoverable high-value materials have been sorted out, processing construction debris can significantly reduce transportation and disposal costs.
Both construction debris shredders and waste grinders are used for processing waste but have a few important differences. Let’s go over the attributes of each to help you decide which machine is right for your needs.
Industrial Waste Shredders
Industrial waste shredders, like the Morbark HT 1042 Slow-Speed Shredder, are designed to reduce wood and industrial waste, including construction debris, demolition waste, tires, plastics, shingles, and cardboard. These machines are low-speed, high-torque processors, capable of breaking down almost anything into 1”-2” sized pieces.
Industrial Waste Grinders
Industrial waste grinders, or horizontal grinders, process brush, yard waste, storm debris, construction debris, shingles, plastics, and gypsum. The Wood Hog models from Morbark are available in seven different sizes for a range of applications. Waste grinder machines typically break down materials into ¼” to ½” pieces. Because waste grinders produce a more consistent end product, it can be used for many alternate applications including, mulching, biomass chipping, and fiber reclamation.
Shredders vs. Grinders
For most demolition contractors, the decision comes down to particle size and the net impact on transportation and disposal costs.
Smaller particles reduce bulk density, requiring few trips to the landfill. Depending on how far your dump trucks are traveling, a waste grinder could greatly reduce your fuel costs.
Some landfills offer lower tipping fees for construction debris processed as Alternative Daily Cover (ADC). Requirements for ADC vary but can be as small as ¾” pieces.
Still have questions about whether an industrial waste shredder or grinder is the right choice for your business, contact the equipment specialists at Papé Machinery Construction & Forestry for more information. With 23 locations throughout the West, we’re here to keep you moving.