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Turn Cardboard Waste Into Eco-Friendly Packaging Material

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Does your company have high volumes of scrap cardboard? Then an industrial cardboard shredder or perforator may be a great method to repurpose and recycle your cardboard waste, such as boxes. A cardboard shredder is sort of a paper shredder for your cardboard waste. With this machine you can turn regular cardboard into high quality and eco-friendly packaging material.

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Converted cardboard is an ideal packaging material to safely ship heavy and fragile goods.

A cardboard converter perforates or shreds old cardboard sheets or boxes into flexible, soft and cushioning packaging material. This void fill material can replace plastic packing peanuts, bubble wrap and packaging air bags. The output of the machine depends on the type of cardboard converter. There are two types, shredders and perforators. A shredder produces strips or chips and a perforator converts the cardboard into shock absorbing and flexible netting.

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Change cardboard waste into eco-friendly packaging material.

Recycle and reuse cardboard scrap as free and eco-friendly packaging material.

Cardboard can be used as a high-quality packaging material, which is also more environmentally friendly than plastic. So, if your business uses a lot of packaging material for shipping products a­­­nd you have lots of cardboard waste, then a cardboard shredder is an ideal solution to reduce costs on this material, as well as on waste collection of your scrap cardboard.

Below you will find 10 cardboard shredders and perforators that we recommend. Do you want to know more about cardboard perforators or shredders? Then feel free to take a look at our cardboard perforator and shredder guide underneath.


Recommended Cardboard Perforators & Shredders

  1. HSM ProfiPack P425 – Perforator
  2. HSM ProfiPack C400 – Perforator
  3. Intimus PacMaster S 220 – Perforator
  4. AABES Cushion Pack CP440 – Perforator
  5. Edward 299 – Perforator
  6. AABES Cushion Pack CP428 – Perforator
  7. Edward Serie 700 Strips – Shredder
  8. Edward 400 Chips – Shredder
  9. AABES Cushion Pack CP422 – Perforator
  10. AABES Cushion Pack CP316 – Perforator

#1 | HSM ProfiPack P425 – Perforator

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A quiet heavy duty shredder that requires only 110 – 120 Volts.

The HSM ProfiPack P425 perforator turns cardboard into sustainable packaging material. You can shred any size of cardboard, because the HSM will cut off excess cardboard while the machine perforates the material. This machine is a larger model which is relatively quiet, demands little power, and is fast as it perforates 43 ft/min.

  • Capacity: 2 -3 layers
  • Motor: 1.4 kW
  • Power supply: 110-120 V
  • Intake width: 16.73 in
  • Weight: 353 lbs
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#2 | HSM ProfiPack C400 – Perforator

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Compact tabletop perforator for smaller shipping environments.

The HSM ProfiPack C400 is a compact cardboard perforator for converting cardboard waste into eco-friendly packaging material. The ProfiPack C400 has a 1.6 horsepower motor which can shred 31.5 feet of cardboard sheets and corrugated boxes per minute. With its weight of 47 lbs it is fairly easy to move the machine around in your facility. The perforator is easy to operate and produces padding mats.

  • Capacity: 1 layer
  • Motor: 1.2 kW
  • Power supply: 110-120 V
  • Intake width: 16.34 in
  • Weight: 47 lbs
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#3 | Intimus PacMaster S 220 – Perforator

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A high powered medium sized wheeled perforator.

The Intimus PacMaster S 220 turns your cardboard waste, such as boxes and sheets of cardboard, into flexible packaging material. This cardboard converter is able to shred high volumes of cardboard waste at a speed of 35.4 ft/min. You can easily move the PacMaster around thanks to the heavy-duty castors.

  • Capacity: 2 -3 layers
  • Motor: 2.2 kW
  • Power supply: 220 V
  • Intake width: 16.73 in
  • Weight: 309 lbs
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#4 | AABES Cushion Pack CP440 – Perforator

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Heavy-duty and very fast perforator.

The AABES Cushion Pack is a high capacity corrugated shredder. It is one of the strongest perforators in the industry. The CP440 is able to process thick sheets of cardboard with a speed of 52 ft/min into cushioning packaging material. This machine really can save a lot of money in packaging costs for your company. The cardboard perforator is convenient to operate and processes your cardboard waste very fast.

  • Capacity: 2-3 layers
  • Motor: 4.0 kW
  • Power supply: 480 V
  • Intake width: 16.90 in
  • Weight: 755 lbs
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#5 | Edward 299 – Perforator

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A compact quiet tabletop cardboard perforator.

The Edward 299 perforates your cardboard waste into a shock dampening net that is ideal for protecting items from damage during transit. It does this quietly at a speed of 26 ft/min. This small and light perforator is built for tabletops and features a small motor that requires a power supply from a common 240V wall contact.

  • Capacity: 1 layers
  • Motor: 0.75 kW
  • Power supply: 240 V
  • Intake width: 11.81 in
  • Weight: 84 lbs
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#6 | AABES Cushion Pack CP428 – Perforator

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A large heavy duty perforator with a fast high powered motor.

The AABES Cushion Pack CP428 can turn all of your cardboard waste into a shock absorbing sheet for protecting products during shipping and transport. It does this at quick a speed of 46 ft/min. This heavy perforator has three power supply option and is built for frequent and heavy duty use with a width intake.

  • Capacity: 2-3 layers
  • Motor: 3 kW
  • Power supply: 240 V
  • Intake width: 16.90 in
  • Weight: 660 lbs
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#7 | Edward Serie 700 Strips – Shredder

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Fast shredder with an extra wide feed opening.

The Edward Serie 700 Strips the most powerful cardboard converter from Edward. This machine is available in a strip, chip and elastic net variant. This variant coverts your cardboard waste into long strips. These strips can be used as void filling material. The Series 700 shredder processes the material very fast at 52 feet of cardboard per minute. Thanks to the wide feet opening you can convert large sheets of cardboard per pass, this saves up a lot of time.

  • Capacity: 2-3 layers
  • Motor: 2.98 kW
  • Power supply: 380 V
  • Intake width: 27.55 in
  • Weight: 881 lbs
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#8 | Edward 400 Chips – Shredder

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Quiet shredder that produces cardboard chips.

The Edward 400 Chips is a heavy-duty cardboard shredder on legs and wheels. This makes it easy to move the machine around. The converter has a cutter feed height of 0.63 inches so you can roughly shred up to two layers of cardboard per pass. With the 3HP (1 phase, 3 phase) motor you shred around 46 feet of cardboard per minute into small chips. The continuous run-time of the Edward 400 is around 8 hours. Besides chips you can also choose a strips or a cardboard netting variant.

  • Capacity: 1-2 layers
  • Motor: 2.23 kW
  • Power supply: 240 V
  • Intake width: 15.74 in
  • Weight: 308 lbs
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#9 | AABES Cushion Pack CP422 – Perforator

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High capacity cardboard perforating machine.

The AABES Cushion Pack CP422 can perforate high volumes of cardboard and corrugated boxes. This makes the machine ideal for shipping departments and manufacturing facilities. The popular CP422 is simple to operate, it is just a matter of plug and play and the motor runs smoothly and quietly. The shredder is available in two versions, a 240 voltage or a 480 voltage. The difference is that the 240 runs a bit slower and is less powerful than the 480. When a possible jam occurs, you can hit reverse to reverse the cutting cylinders so you can remove the jammed cardboard.

  • Capacity: 1-2 layers
  • Motor: 1.8 kW
  • Power supply: 240 / 480 V
  • Intake width: 16.50 in
  • Weight: 400 lbs
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#10 | AABES Cushion Pack CP316 – Perforator

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A medium weight perforator with medium motor strength and lower power source needs.

The AABES Cushion Pack CP316 can perforate your cardboard waste into a soft void without any problem at a speed of 26 ft/min. It is average from almost every angle including the motor power, size, and weight except that it only requires a power supply of 115 Volts which 30% less than its predecessors.

  • Capacity: 1 layers
  • Motor: 1.1 kW
  • Power supply: 115 V
  • Intake width: 12.60 in
  • Weight: 209 lbs
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Comparison table

Compare all cardboard converters from our top 10.

Cardboard Shredder Type Capacity Speed Feed width Motor Output Weight Height Noise
HSM ProfiPack P425 Perforator 2-3 layers 43 ft/min 16.73 in 1.4 kW Netting 353 lbs 41 in 59 dB
HSM ProfiPack C400 Perforator 1 layer 31 ft/min 16.34 in 1.2 kW Netting 47 lbs 15 in 70 dB
Intimus PacMaster S Perforator 2-3 layers 35 ft/min 16.73 in 2.2 kW Netting 309 lbs 37 in 68 dB
AABES Cushion Pack CP440 Perforator 2-3 layers 52 ft/min 16.90 in 4.0 kW Netting 755 lbs 43 in -
Edward 299 Perforator 1 layer 26 ft/min 11.81 in 0.75 kW Netting 84 lbs 18 in 45 dB
AABES Cushion Pack CP428 Perforator 2-3 layers 46 ft/min 16.90 in 3 kw Netting 660 lbs 43 in -
Edward 700 Shredder 2-3 layers 65 ft/min 27.55 in 2.98 kW Strips 881 lbs 51 in 55 dB
Edward 400 Shredder 1-2 layers 46 ft/min 15.74 in 2.23 kW Chips 308 lbs 41 in 55 dB
AABES Cushion Pack CP422 Perforator 1-2 layers 38 ft/min 16.50 in 1.8 kW Netting 400 lbs 38 in -
AABES Cushion Pack CP316 Perforator 1 layer 26 ft/min 12.60 in 1.1 kW Netting 209 lbs 39 in -

Cardboard Shredder and Perforator Guide

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What is a cardboard shredder?

A cardboard shredder is a commercial or industrial heavy-duty machine which lets you recycle and repurpose your own cardboard waste. However, don’t confuse it with a paper shredder for cardboard because these are different machines.

Although a cardboard shredder is not a paper shredder it does operate a bit like one. The machine’s gearbox, motor, and cutting block work together to cut the cardboard material in tiny chips, long strips or perforated sheets, depending on the type of shredder being used. The purpose of the machine is to reuse the processed cardboard as a free packaging material.

You can insert almost any piece of cardboard into the opening of the shredder and the machine perforates the material in cushioning netting or it can shred the cardboard in square shaped chips or other forms. These chips then fall into a plastic bag or other container which you can then be used as void filling material to protect products and goods in cardboard boxes that needs to be shipped. Any excess cardboard is trimmed off and can be shredded again. Keep in mind that these machines also have limits and can be overloaded which may lead to jamming. Most of the perforators or shredders can run continuously for multiple hours.

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Reuse your cardboard waste.

Use cardboard chips instead of plastic peanuts.

Is a cardboard shredder the same as a paper shredder?

A cardboard shredder, perforator or converter isn’t meant to shred paper or confidential documents. While, the purpose of a regular paper shredder is to destroy confidential documents by cutting them into unreadable particles or confetti to protect people’s privacy, the purpose of a cardboard shredder is to make your own packing and void fill material.

Some cardboard boxes can contain a sticker with confidential information, such as a name or address. A cardboard converter can be used, in this case, to destroy this personal information.

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How does a cardboard shredder work and how do you operate one?

So how does a cardboard shredder work and is it difficult to operate? Both cardboard shredders and perforators are user-friendly and very easy to operate, not to mention also safe to use. Here is how easy it is to operate:

  1. Turn the machine on by switching the on/off switch.
  2. Grab a piece of cardboard and feed it into the front opening of the shredder or perforator.
  3. That’s it! The converted cardboard falls out of the back of the machine.
Video: Edward 700 Chips

Video: MD320SW Strips

How does a cardboard perforator work?

The perforating machine uses heavy-duty cutting cylinder, so the cardboard isn’t actually shredded but is instead only perforated by the blades. The result after perforating is a honeycomb like structure in the cardboard. The structure gives the cardboard flexible, stretchable and cushioning properties. The processed cardboard is now also able to absorb shocks, which makes it perfect for protecting goods during transport and shipment. The cardboard netting is also ideal to fill in “the void” between the cardboard box and your product. You can perforate a sheet of cardboard in one go and just like with the cardboard shredder any excess cardboard is trimmed off automatically, for example when a piece of carton is wider than the opening.

This video from HSM shows how you use a cardboard perforator and what you can do with the cushioning material. The model that is used in the video is the HSM ProfiPack C400 cardboard perforator, a compact but powerful cardboard convertor that is ideal for smaller shipment departments.

Do you need to remove staples?

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Remove staples from cardboard prior to shredding.

It is strongly recommended to remove all staples and other hard metal objects from the cardboard to prevent wear or damage to the cutting heads. Shredding or perforating stapled cardboard occasionally will likely not cause any problems, but constant processing cardboard with metal items, such as staples, are likely to damage the cutting cylinders.

Another reason for why it is better to remove staples and other sharp metals is because you will use the shredded cardboard as packaging material for products that might be fragile, where the metals could scratch what you are shipping.

Buy a heavy-duty staple remover here at Amazon.

What can you shred or perforate?

Cardboard shredders can shred any kind of (corrugated) cardboard. The only requirement is that the cardboard is flat, such as flattened cardboard boxes, sheets and paperboard. Therefore, thick cardboard rolls can’t be processed by these machines because they are too thick. It should also be noted that craft paper also can’t be shredded or perforated because it is too thin.

You can shred or perforate:

  • Cardboard boxes (brown and colored cardboard)
  • Cardboard sheets and plates
  • Corrugated cardboard (single and double wall cardboard)
  • Paperboard, chipboard or fiberboard (gray cardboard)
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Corrugated cardboard and grey paperboard.

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Why use a cardboard shredder?

While most cardboard converters produces cardboard matting from your cardboard scrap, for instance from cardboard boxes, some cardboard box shredders can also produce chips and strips instead of netting. This way you can use your cardboard shredding machine to quickly make your own void fill material in different shapes and sizes to protect products in transit, while at the same time repurposing and reusing your cardboard waste in an environmentally friendly manner.

Did you know that 77% of all cardboard is recycled.

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Shred cardboard into chips to use as void fill.

Why reuse cardboard as packaging material?

By reusing cardboard as packaging material, you can extent the additional value of cardboard. How so:

  • Sustainable packing material – Cardboard is a more environmentally friendly and sustainable material than plastic. So, you are really protecting the environment when you use cardboard as void fill material instead of plastic packaging material such as bubble wrap, EPS packing peanuts, Styrofoam blocks/sheets or foam wrap.
  • Reduce packaging costs – Besides being sustainable it is also economically more attractive to recycle your cardboard waste into free packaging material, since you need to buy less or no packaging material from elsewhere. So you will be saving money on cardboard disposal costs, as there will be less cardboard to collect by your local waste hauler. Want to read more about reducing shipping filler costs?
  • High quality material – Cardboard is a fantastic shock absorber and is very flexible. Therefore, it is a great material for protecting heavy or fragile products, especially ones that you want to ship or transport safely.

Did you know that paper fibers can be recycled around 7 times before it loses it’s robust qualities?

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Costs of package filling materials

  • Perforated cardboard – FREE (excl. costs of cardboard perforator machine)
  • Air pillows – approx. 27cents per cubic foot
  • Styrofoam peanuts – approx. 22cents per cubic foot

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Pros and cons of cardboard shredders/perforators

Pros of a cardboard shredder/perforator:

  • Very easy to operate.
  • Re-purpose your own cardboard waste.
  • Reduce costs on packaging material.
  • Reduce costs of cardboard waste collections.
  • Save money and save the environment.
  • Powerful motors for continuous shredding.
  • Cardboard is a fantastic packaging material.
  • The machine pays for itself because of free packaging material.
  • Feed cardboard without cool down time, it can run continuously.

Cons of a cardboard shredder/perforator:

  • The machines create dust while shredding.
  • Most cardboard shredders can only produce netting.
  • The cardboard shredding machines are heavy.
  • Expensive machines.

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Cardboard shredder versus cardboard perforator

You should know that there is a difference between a cardboard shredder and a cardboard perforator. Briefly explained the difference is that a cardboard shredder turns cardboard into small strips or chips and a cardboard perforator perforates sheets of cardboard to create a netting. While there are also cardboard shredders that can also perforate, more often than not a cardboard machine can either shred or perforate. So, you need to figure out which type of cardboard processor suits your needs.

Both machines repurpose cardboard waste into packaging material. But the question is, do you need void fill material or netting as a flexible, cushioning shock absorber?

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A cardboard shredder cuts or shreds your cardboard waste into (long) strips or (small) chips. Both the strips and the chips are great to use as void fill and can easily replace plastic packing peanuts.

  • Shreds cardboard into strips, confetti or chips.
  • Use it as void fill material for packing and protecting products in boxes.
  • It avoids the reuse of cardboard boxes with confidential on them, such as addresses.

One example of a better known manufacturer is Tritacartoni (aka Klindex) who specifically produce cardboard shredders called Edward, and makes a few different types such as cardboard chips shredders and strip shredders.

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Packer CP424CMI cardboard shredder

Cardboard perforators thumb-cardboard-netting

A cardboard perforator turns your cardboard scraps into a kind of matting or netting. This machine doesn’t shred but instead perforates the carton to give it a more cushioning characteristic. This netting can be used at the bottom of a box or to roll around product in order to protect it with the elastic matting.

  • Perforates cardboard into elastic matting, mesh netting.
  • Use it as shock absorber for packing and protecting products in boxes.
  • Very flexible and cushioning material.
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HSM ProfiPack C400

Different sizes and models

Both cardboard shredders and perforators come in different sizes and models. You can get a small, compact and portable tabletop shredder for small business use. Or you can get a perforator with castors (small wheels) for easy mobility. But there are also large industrial cardboard shredders and perforators for heavy duty use and processing high volumes of cardboard waste. These machines can process multiple layers of cardboard and have long lasting steel blades and special gears for heavy duty cycles.

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Recommended for dispatching and warehouses

Who will benefit the most from a cardboard shredder? These shredding machines are especially useful for industrial businesses or departments in the logistics sector with large stocks of cardboard waste. Such as manufacturing facilities, recycling plants, warehouses, shipping departments, distribution centers. However, a carton shredder can also be used for offices that receive and send a lot of packages, such as e-commerce shops with their own shipping departments, where a lot of cardboard typically gets discarded.Therefore, we recommend these machines to anyone who has lots of scrap cardboard and can use the shredded or perforated material as packaging or void fill.

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Plastic peanuts or cardboard chips?

We recommend these machines when you have lots of scrap cardboard and can use the shredded or perforated material as packaging or void fill.

Can you use a cardboard shredder at home?

Typically, a corrugated shredder or perforator is used in industrial or commercial environments, however if you would like one for home use a smaller compact cardboard shredder model would be appropriate, such as a tabletop cardboard shredder.

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Although somewhat unconventional for home users the produced cardboard shreds may also be useful for composting, worm farming or bedding for pet cages or even horse stables. However, keep in mind that these shreds and perforated sheets are quite large (approx. 1 x 1 in.) and also come in different shapes (elastic mash, strips, confetti).

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How much does a cardboard shredder or perforator cost?

A cardboard shredder is not a small investment. Prices start at around $2,000 and can go up to $10,000. The price mainly depends on the size and capacity of the cardboard perforator or shredder. They are a pretty significant investment, but they will allow you to reduce costs from buying packaging material and paying for cardboard waste collection. Therefore, you will find that the machine basically pays for itself in the long run.

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Front and rear of the HSM ProfiPack C400.

However, if it is still too much of an investment for you, you may still want to consider the option of purchasing a second hand shredder/perforator or leasing one for a fixed monthly rate from one of the manufacturers.

If you are considering buying or leasing a shredder or perforator but aren’t sure about maintenance and the possibility of repairs, then you may want to inform yourself about a maintenance contract which some manufacturers and resellers offer. These maintenance contracts allow you to be worry free when it comes to maintaining or repairing these machines, as a manufacture approved technician will visit the sight to take care of everything for you. Nevertheless, if you are still curious about the maintenance of these machines here is a video you may find interesting. However, be careful these machines can be dangerous and any action is at own risk, therefore it is adviced to leave these activities to a professional.

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Buying a cardboard shredder/perforator checklist

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Easily measure the width of the cardboard.

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Tools, supplies and accessories

To make the use of your cardboard shredder or perforator more comfortable and convenient there are a few tools and accessories that you can opt for.

  • Both cardboard shredders and perforators have the option of an attached vacuum kit, which will collect any dust that it produces. While some manufactures sell a complete kit which includes the vacuum, others only ship an attachment which you will still need to connect to your own industrial-grade vacuum cleaner or dust extraction system.
  • For a clean and organized production of shreds or perforated sheets a container to catch the new product is very useful. A container may be a simple plastic bag or larger cardboard box but could also something more convenient and appropiate for heavy production like a box made of plastic, wood, or framed cloth with wheels or integrated pallet bottom.
  • A simple table in front for your machine can also simplify the use of it. Having a table top within close proximity can be a great help for you in preparing the cardboard (flattening it and removing metals) and feeding it to the machine.

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Manufacturers and suppliers

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Factsheet: Cardboard Shredders
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