The process of selecting the proper tool for your scrap processing necessities can be quite nerve breaking at times.

What type of scrap do you really need to process? What kind of finished product are you expecting to obtain? Do you only need to shear scrap  or will you occasionally want also to bale or log scrap? These are the key questions you should focus on. Ideally you would like the equipment to process everything but  keep in mind that this might be quite uneconomical for you.

 Defining the proper equipment size

If you run an average scrap yard you will have all sorts of scrap just waiting to be processed and shipped to your buyer. The question is how can you process the material with a minimal impact on your margins? Every time you move the material it will cost you, even if it’s just within your own yard. The decision to implement your operation with a scrap shear or shear & baler/logger is in most cases the correct one. But now the question. How big should this shear be? What capacities should you consider?     

Ideally a shear or shear/baler should be able to process 85-90% of your material’s thickness leaving the remaining quantities to be processed with torch or crane mounted shears. Buying a shear that will be able to process over that percentage will unnecessarily raise your processing costs also on the lighter materials reducing your margins more than it would cost to process the remaining by torch.

The shear should have a nominal capacity of 150% your current requirements. The moment you have a shear installed your average quantities will increase. Higher margins will allow you to be more competitive when buying scrap.

If you are in need to process also bales and logs and you have no specific balers on site you may also consider purchasing a hybrid shear and baler/logger all in one. This machine will guarantee the maximum flexibility as you can produce both sheared scrap, tight bales and shredder logs. When considering the capacities you should carefully consider how much production of each product type you require.

Whatever piece of equipment you decide to purchase consider carefully where to position inside your yard. It may be necessary to change the way scrap is currently stockpiled in your yard. The optimum solution is to obtain a situation where scrap does not need to be moved more than necessary inside the yard.

Ideally the unprocessed scrap is stockpiled next to the shear while the processed scrap is conveyed to a drop-off location by rotating conveyor.

Consequences and implications of wrong decisions 

As you have seen there are quite some factors to consider and while apparently the decision is easy in reality most of the time it can be quite complex. The wrong shear or the incorrect positioning of the shear within the yard can have disastrous consequences for your operations. Most of the time oversize shears are bought – “just to be on the safe side”. This will have a negative impact on your margins.

For this reason at GPS Scrap Processing Solutions we always consider all these aspects together with you before finalizing a proposal.

You can start your search by checking out our equipment finder page.

Marco Garuti