FAQ

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Choppers

How do I know if my company needs a scrap chopper?

To decide if your company would benefit from a chopper, you must first evaluate how your company currently manages its scrap:

  • Do you use dumpsters or containers to collect your banding?

  • How often are the dumpsters and containers emptied?

  • How full are they when picked up?

  • How much does your company spend on scrap disposal?

  • How much space is required to store your scrap? Could this space be put to better use?

Why should I buy a scrap chopper when I can just throw my scrap into a dumpster?

  • Chopped strapping is compacted and costs less to dispose of.

  • As environmental regulations become more stringent, dumping fees will continue to rise.

  • Every time you pay to have a dumpster of scrap emptied, you erode your company’s profits.

  • In some areas, the fee for emptying two 30-yard dumpsters is equal to the price of a Sweed Chopper!

How does a scrap chopper work?

Just introduce the scrap banding into the infeed funnel. The feedworks will grab the material and pull it into the rotating knife path until it is consumed or the operator releases the feedworks via the release lever. It’s as simple as feed-and-forget!

What kinds of linear materials can be processed with a scrap chopper?

Virtually any kind of ferrous or non-ferrous materials can be converted to a more manageable state using Sweed Choppers. The following is a short list of linear scrap materials that Sweed Choppers are processing (either as stand-alone units or within a Sweed system) around the world:

  • ACSR cable

  • ASR

  • Baling wire

  • Bandsaw blades

  • Brass alloy rod wire

  • Bread blades

  • Carbon core of ACCC Cable

  • Carbon fiber panels

  • Co-ax cable of all sizes

  • Coater blades

  • Copper rod

  • Doctor blades

  • Foam rope

  • Insulated copper tubing

  • Mini-blind scrap

  • PET strapping/banding

  • Plastic extrusions

  • Plastic tubing

  • Poly strapping/banding

  • Radiators

  • Slitter line scrap

  • Small gauge mesh wire

  • Steel extrusions

  • Steel plate and bar stock

  • Steel rod

  • Steel strapping/banding

  • Titanium rods

  • Triplex cable

  • UHMW plastic

  • Utility cable

  • Welding wire

  • Wire rope and logging cable

What kinds of bulk materials can Sweed’s bulk systems process?

Sweed can process bulk materials using shredders, prechoppers and granulators either as standalone components or within a full system (depending on the material).

How much does a 55-gallon drum of chopped steel banding weigh?

Chopped ¾” steel banding: 1200 - 1300 lbs; 26,000 feet

Chopped ½” plastic banding: 300-400 lbs

How many bands or wires can be fed into a chopper at one time?

The quantity of bands or wires that can be fed depends on the tensile strength and width or diameter of the material and whether there are knots, clips, or other processing challenges. The best way to determine if a chopper will meet the processing requirements is to perform a test using the maximum loads that it might experience on the job.

I currently own a chopper, and my chopper no longer chops.

The material you are trying to process may be too large for the chopper model that you have. Refer to your operation manual or contact a Sweed representative to learn your chopper’s scrap capacity.

The knife edges may be dull. Each chopper knife has four sides and can be turned three times to an additional side to obtain a new edge. Refer to your operation manual or contact a Sweed representative to learn how to properly turn you chopper knives.

I currently own a chopper, and my chopper will no longer pull in my scrap material.

The chopper’s feedrolls are likely worn and need to be replaced. These are typically an in-stock item. Contact a Sweed representative to place an order.

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Recycling Systems

What types of scrap material can be processed through a Sweed Separation System for aluminum and/or copper recovery?

  • All types of jacketed and insulated wire and cable

  • ACSR (aluminum conductor steel-reinforced)

  • ACSS (aluminum conductor steel-supported)

  • ASR (auto shredded residue)

  • Aluminum and steel BX cable

  • #1 ICW (insulated copper wire) - typically medium to high yield wire that is thicker than 12 gauge; produces a clean #1 chop copper

  • #2 ICW (insulated copper wire) - low or high yield, typically smaller than 12 gauge; produces a #2 chop copper

  • #3 ICW (insulated copper wire) - very fine low yield wire less than 35%; produces a #2 chop copper

  • URD cable (underground residential distribution)

  • CAT5 cable (category 5)

  • TEC cable (tubing encapsulated cable)

  • Zorba fines

  • Tech cable

  • THHN cable (thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated)

  • Auto wire harness

  • ACR (aluminum copper radiator)

  • Radiators (aluminum)

Can Sweed wire & cable recycling systems be customized?

Yes! Sweed sales and engineering work closely with customers to meet safety, footprint and production needs.

Does Sweed offer installation for their recycling systems?

Sweed provides installation drawings and oversees the mechanical placement of equipment and assures electrical termination is done correctly. We also offer start-up support and training to assure our systems and equipment operate properly and to their full potential.

Does Sweed provide after-sale support?

Yes! From parts to technical assistance, Sweed sales and engineering are available for troubleshooting and recommendations for maximizing your systems’ efficiencies.

How do I know what size wire & cable recycling system I need?

Sweed systems are designed to chop and process wire from 500 pounds per hour to over 12,000 pounds per hour. Contact a Sweed representative to inquire on the system that is best suited for your material and production goals.

How many employees will I need to operate a wire & cable recycling system?

Sweed systems typically require a total of 2 employees; one for feeding the system and the other for operating and monitoring equipment and material flow.

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Material Handling

Do Sweed dryer infeeds and outfeeds fit any dryer?

Yes! Sweed dryer infeeds and outfeeds are individually engineered to fit your current dryer configuration.

Can Sweed veneer & panel material handling equipment be customized?

Yes! Sweed engineers work closely with customers to meet their safety, footprint and production needs.

Does Sweed offer installation for their dryer support and/or material handling equipment?

Sweed provides installation drawings and oversees the mechanical placement of equipment and assures electrical termination is done correctly. We also offer start-up support and training to assure our systems and equipment operate properly and to their full potential.

Does Sweed provide after-sale support?

Yes! From parts to technical assistance, Sweed sales and engineering are available to help you work through difficulties you may encounter during operation.

What type of materials can Sweed Turners turn?

All panel type products including plywood, OSB, Masonite, gypsum, concrete siding and hardwood flooring. In addition to pallets and steel and paper coils.

What size of material can I turn in a Sweed Turner?

Standard turners are built to turn up to 5’ wide x 12’ long.

Sweed can custom build any size turner, inverter or upender to your specifications.

How heavy of a load can Sweed Turners turn?

Stock turners can turn up to 3,500 pounds.

Heavy-duty clamp turners can turn up to 5,000 pounds.

Custom units are available to accommodate weights up to 20,000 pounds plus.

Can I load and unload a Sweed Turner from the same side?

Yes. The Rotating C-Turner and the Open-Clamp Bundle Turner both turn the load over and around, allowing the forklift driver to load and unload from the same side.

Can Sweed Turners be used inline with other equipment?

Yes. They can be power roll-case loaded and unloaded, gravity loaded and unloaded, end loaded and side loaded.

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