Drive Types

Drive Types – Electric vs. Hydraulics

Shredder Driver Types by Cumberland PlasticsElectric Drives —Generally, electric shredders require less space, are easier to operate and maintain, and are more energy-efficient than their hydraulic counterparts. They also tend to be less expensive. Electric shredders are appropriate and sufficiently powered for processing many materials.

Hydraulic Drives — Hydraulic drives are often better for more heavy-duty processing. They are also better for processing materials that experience frequent overloads from batch feeding. Hydraulic drives also offer better shock load protection from non-shreddables and work well with an Auto-Chop feature, allowing more precise particle size control.

When would I need a hydraulic shredder? A hydraulically powered shredder might be more appropriate if you have any of the following factors in your processing environment:

  • Materials are batch fed.
  • Feed includes unsorted or unknown materials.
  • Materials are exceptionally difficult to shred.
  • Process requires tighter particle size control.
  • System needs to meter shredded material to downstream equipment.
  • System will require frequent starts and stops.
  • Shredder will require reduced voltage start (soft-start).

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