Torch-cutters and smaller alligator shears were commonly deployed at that time.
Although torch-cutters and alligator shears can still be found in scrap yards, when a company sets up a ferrous scrap operation with the intention of handling a healthy amount of scrap, either a baler, a shear or a combination unit is soon on the job.
Alligator shears, introduced in the 1920's, use mechanical pressure, somewhat like a pair of scissors, to cut scrap.
(31) Even in 1974, prices of scrap processing machinery were relatively high, with alligator shears costing between $8,000 to $35,000; guillotine shears between $60,000 and $1,600,000; and shredders, $400,000 to $4,000,000.
"In those days, all that was needed was a cutting torch, some alligator shears
and something to move the material with," Tenenbaum says of the company's mid-1970s operations.
Rigby Industries designs and makes equipment that includes wire stripping and processing equipment, alligator shears
, balers and custom systems.
Sweed Machinery Inc., Gold Hill, Ore., now has alligator shears available in many models to for its scrap processing customers.
The company touts its Sweed/ Ramjet alligator shears as "simple to operate and easy to maintain, utilizing two adjustable blades which are designed to he reground to sustain their sharpness."
(Strip-Tec), Fort Worth, Texas, has recently ordered its second container load of alligator shears
manufactured by J.
It also offers repair services for alligator shears
, balers, sorting systems and other equipment.
McIntyre Machinery, a United Kingdom-based maker of hydraulic alligator shears
, has announced the appointment of Recycling Equipment Corp.