A well-chosen hammer mill can be an inordinately useful tool for the purposes of recycling, shredding material, and grinding scrap metal. Scrap metal recycling is being encouraged in Canada and around the globe to achieve a greener environment. Besides that, the high global demand for scrap metal has increased the price in the market. Electronic waste recycling proves a rich source of scrap metal after used electronics like outdated computers and monitors have been processed by large industrial shredders and pulverized by a hammer mill.
Why Recycling Companies Prefer to Use the Hammer Mill
Traditionally, industrial shredders are used to process e-waste through the shearing action of its effective, claw-like blades that cut metal into smaller pieces. While the industrial shredder is considered effective for recycling metal scrap, the shredder knives frequently need replacement. In contrast, the pulverizing action of the hammer mill reduces scrap metal into pieces that can pass through a screen of a selected size. The hammer mill has hammers that are attached to a rotor that spins to bring the hammers in contact with scrap materials. The hammer blows and the particle to particle contact pulverizes scrap to the particle sizes desired by the recycling company.
Hammer Mill VS Industrial Shredder
The simplicity of the hammer mill makes it highly suitable for processing various types of electronic waste. Hammer Mills are more flexible because they come in different configurations and the screen size can be changed to produce the desired particle size. The hammer mill comes in many different sizes and can be customized according to the materials being processed. Compared to the industrial shredders, the hammer mill costs less to operate because a mid-sized mill can pulverize 2,500 units of hard drives within an hour. An industrial shredder that has the same throughput capacity costs about 4 times more the hammer mill. The blades used in the industrial shredder can dull quickly with frequent use, requiring costly replacement.