The Art of Tire Shredding: An Insight into Industrial Shredders

By:     Kieran Donnelly

In the realm of industrial processes, few machines are as awe-inspiring and essential as the tire shredder. These mechanical marvels are designed to transform bulky and unmanageable used tires into a valuable resource.

The process of tire shredding not only aids in waste management but it also unlocks the potential for tire recycling and repurposing, making it a crucial aspect of sustainable industrial practices.

Gradeall is a global supplier of tire recycling machinery and waste management solutions. In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of industrial shredders for tires, exploring their mechanics, applications, and the benefits they offer.

Industrial Shredders for Tires

Industrial shredders for tires are powerful industrial machines designed to process and shred used or waste tires into smaller pieces. These machines are a critical part of the tire recycling and waste management industry, as they help address the environmental challenges posed by discarded tires and convert them into valuable resources.

Tire shredders play a crucial role in sustainable practices for tire disposal, by promoting tire recycling alternatives, reducing landfill waste, and repurposing the shredded rubber for various applications. These industrial shredders also aid in the logistics of transporting this type of waste, ensuring a more streamline solution that reduces fuel consumption.

How Does Tire Industrial Shredders Work?

Tire shredders usually consist of a large, robust frame that houses a set of rotating blades or hammers. These blades or hammers come into contact with the tires, tearing them apart and reducing them into smaller chunks.

The process typically involves multiple stages, starting with the primary shredding to reduce the tires into large chunks, followed by secondary and tertiary shredding to achieve the desired granule size.

Types of Industrial Tire Shredding Machines

The efficiency and capacity of tire shredders can vary based on their design and intended use. Some machines are designed for particular tires sizes or small-scale operations, while others are massive, capable of processing thousands of tires per hour.

The Gradeal Agriculture Tire Shear for example, is capable of shredding large tires from agriculture or construction type vehicles,turning them into smaller, and much more manageable chunks using over 30 tonnes of cutting force to do so.

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The shredded rubber is then often passed through screens or separators to separate the rubber from other materials like steel or nylon present in the tire, allowing for easier recycling and reuse.

Tire Shredding Pre-Process

Some tire handlers will use additional pre-processes, such as a Car Tire Rim Separator  to separate the steel or alloy rim before shredding the tire. This removes the valuable waste metal from the rubber tire, which can then be sold on for profit.

This process also ensures the longevity of the steel blade within the tire shredding machine as it is not being worn down from shredding the metal material within the waste tire.

Gradeall is the leading manufacturer of the Car Tire Rim Separator, and due to its success, we also designed and manufactured the Truck Tire Sidewall Cutter to meet our customers demand.

What are the Benefits of Industrial Shredder Machines?

The primary function of an industrial tire shredder is to break down tires into smaller, manageable pieces, which can then be further processed into various forms of recycled rubber. There are lots of benefits to investing in this type of tire recycling process, check them out below.


Industrial tire shredders also offer significant environmental benefits by reducing the number of discarded tires that end up in landfills or illegal dumping sites. Tires are notorious for their slow decomposition rate and posing a major environmental fire hazard. Tire shredding mitigates these risks, making the process an integral part of sustainable waste management.


The economic benefits of tire shredding also cannot be overlooked. By transforming waste tires into valuable resources like crumb rubber, industries can reduce their dependence on virgin materials and lower production costs. Industrial shredders like these not only contribute to a greener economy but they also foster job creation in the recycling and manufacturing sectors.

Shredded rubber

Industrial shredders produce shredded rubber which has a multitude of applications, contributing to sustainability and resource conservation. Some common uses include:

Tire Recycling

Shredded rubber from old tires can be processed further to create crumb rubber, which is used as an additive in new tire manufacturing, effectively extending the life cycle of tires.

Road Construction

The granulated rubber is used in road construction to improve the pavement’s flexibility, durability, and noise reduction.

Playground Surfaces

Shredded tire rubber is often used as a cushioning material in playgrounds, providing a safer surface for children to play on.

Athletic Tracks

Recycled rubber is utilised in creating athletic tracks due to its shock-absorbing properties, reducing stress on athletes’ joints during training and competitions.

Civil Engineering

Shredded rubber can be incorporated into various civil engineering projects, such as earthquake-resistant building foundations and embankments, due to its ability to absorb and disperse energy.

Technology of Industrial Shredders

Industrial tire shredders have significantly evolved over time, incorporating advanced technologies and automation to enhance their performance, safety, and resource recovery capabilities.

As concerns about waste management and environmental sustainability continue to grow, tire shredders remain an essential tool in the efforts to manage tire waste responsibly and create a greener future.

As technology continues to advance, industrial shredders for waste tires are likely to become even more efficient and adaptable. Innovations in automation, artificial intelligence, and waste sorting techniques will streamline the tire shredding process further, maximising resource recovery while minimising energy consumption.

The Future of Industrial Shredders

Industrial shredders represent a fascinating fusion of engineering ingenuity and environmental responsibility. The art of tire shredding has evolved from addressing a waste problem to becoming a vital component of a sustainable future.

With tire recycling and resource repurposing gaining momentum, these powerful machines continue to shape a cleaner, greener industrial landscape, one shredded tire at a time.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about industrial shredders or our wider range of tire recycling machinery, you can get in touch with a member of the Gradeall team for expert advice and guidance you can trust.

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