Customer case

Shredders made of Hardox® HiTuf a smashing success

December 16, 2022 6 min read

Part of a car being shredded to pieces in an industrial shredder to become valuable scrap.

Case details

Product Hardox® HiTuf
Country Australia
Company Pacific Shredder Pty Ltd
Industry Recycling

Hardox® HiTuf helps Pacific Shredder’s hungry, heavy-duty shredding machines eat up cars in no time, and turn them into valuable scrap. The inside of the shredder’s rotor is made in hard, tough, crack-resistant Hardox® HiTuf wear plates that shield the entire structure from the flying metal.

“One of the only ways to boost our bottom line is by improving the life of the shredder. This is why we use Hardox® HiTuf steel.”

Case details

Product Hardox® HiTuf
Country Australia
Company Pacific Shredder Pty Ltd
Industry Recycling


  • Crack- and wear-resistant, through-hardened steel increases shredder durability
  • Longer equipment life boosts company’s bottom line
  • Superior quality enhances company’s reputation
  • Gets support and workshop recommendations from SSAB

A steel shredder by Australian Pacific Shredder grabbing a used car to turn into scrap. The shredder is made in Hardox® HiTuf steel.

Keeps industrial shredders working where milder steels fail

Pacific Shredder from New South Wales, Australia, designs and builds steel shredders that can shred the biggest of cars into tiny pieces of recyclable scrap – in seconds. They rely on Hardox® HiTuf to keep their shredders working when those made of softer material fail.

In a business where a breakdown doesn’t just mean a loss of productivity — a 200-tonne crane must be hauled in to lift the rotor out and repair it — durability is paramount.

“Steel recycling is all about dollar-cost per tonne,” Beentjes says. “The cost of scrap and the price for recycled steel are pretty much fixed, so one of the only ways to boost the bottom line is by improving the life of the shredder. This is why we use Hardox® HiTuf steel for our components.”

Why is Hardox® HiTuf simply the best for these shredders?

This is why: “SSAB’s steel is the best we’ve ever used for these components, for a number of reasons. First, it’s simply the best high-tensile strength, wear-resistant plate in the world. The stuff from the competition just doesn’t have the through-hardness that you need in a shredder.”

“Secondly, SSAB is the only manufacturer that produces this sort of highly resistant plate in the 100 mm (3.937”) and 120 mm (4.724”) thicknesses we need. You can actually get Hardox® HiTuf up to 160 mm (6.299”) thick. This is critical to our designs because the extra thickness and extra toughness gives our shredders a much longer life. Our wear plates and rotor disks keep on going when others have turned into scrap themselves.”

The inside of a shredder about to crush a car and turn into scrap. The shredder is made in wear-resistant Hardox® HiTuf steel.
A car dangling in the air by a huge grapple, about to be turned into scrap.

Hardox® HiTuf stronger and lasts longer

Pacific Shredder was looking for steel that was stronger and lasted longer. Conventional AR steel is prone to cracking and wear, and has to be replaced often.

“A car shredder is basically a 60-tonne drum made of eleven rotor disks, with twelve or sixteen manganese hammers attached to it,” explains Joe Beentjes, the company’s owner. “The rotor rotates at 500 rpm and the hammers smash the car against a series of anvils, breaker bars and grids. The inside is armored with wear plates that stop the flying metal from simply eroding the whole structure.”

Get the support and expertise you need

Pacific Shredder also praises SSAB’s technical expertise and support. “Whether it’s machining, welding, cutting, they make sure we understand everything we need to know about pre-heat, post-heat, welding wire types, and so on.”

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