Frequently Asked Questions
What can be shredded?
The most common uses for shredders are tires, construction debris, wood, paper, electronics, furniture, plastics, aluminum, copper wire and virtually anything else softer than hardened steels. Learn more »


What makes BCA shredders different?
Many differences in BCA shredders are huge advantages for recycle operators such as "true portability" saving transport and handling, proprietary "Modular Head Systems" to reduce downtime costs, made in America quality at prices below cheaply made imports, hydraulic motors for more durability and power, 5" multi keyed shafts for no wash-out, full system design with 3D modeling, full custom options and always lighter weight using less power and footprint than any competing models. Your costs will always be lower with a BCA system from start-up to full operation.


How can I make money with a BCA shredder?

The recycle business is varied by everything from supply to geographic differences. There are as many people making money recycling as there are ways to do it. Let BCA partner with you from the start and specify equipment that will help provide maximum success. We have breakdowns, proforma and sources to help you.


Can I finance a BCA shredder?

Yes. BCA has finance and lease vendors familiar with the industry to help you. BCA equipment also enjoys excellent resale should you move up in size or capability later. Learn more »


What is a tipping fee and how much should it be?

A tipping fee is what a supplier pays you to pick-up his scrap tires. It varies from about $1 to $5 and some states have programs whereby the state pays a fee as well.


What does it cost to start a recycle business?

Stationary shredders start at about $85k and portables about $115k. Full start-up expenses vary but BCA can help you examine the cost and output of your operation.


How long does it take to get a BCA shredder delivered?

Usually our lead time for a standard unit is just 10 to 16 weeks.


Who sharpens a shredder when the knives get dull?

With BCA we have a complete sharpen and head rebuilding services that offers quick turnaround when we sharpen knives. Learn more »


Why does a BCA shredder have less downtime?

An operator can swap out a modular head in an hour or two and remove knives for re-sharpening. Simply dropping a second head in with fresh knives is far more efficient than any other brand machine that typically requires a full day changing knives while the whole operation is down. BCA offers an extra modular head at a greatly reduced price when ordered with the equipment.


What do you mean by a "true portable" shredder?

A "true portable" is a shredder system that can be transported without a semi or special oversized permits. The PD1000, TF and TIF models by BCA are the ONLY such equipment offered for sale to the entrepreneur and recycle industry. From Bahrain to Panama to Canada they perform where needed.


Can a BCA shredder be used in disaster clean-up?

Yes. Most disaster efforts utilize shredders that are enormous and mounted on semi-trailers. A "true portable" like the PD1000 can clear roads of debris and get to remote areas to shred and clean-up assist faster than any other type.


What is the difference between primary and secondary shred or chip?

Primary shredding allows a tire or other material to go through the knives once and the derived shred is larger and longer than if the shred is recirculated through a trommel screen and reduced to a smaller measured chip. Secondary chip can be more useful and priced higher than primary.


What is TDF?

TDF stands for "tire derived fuel" and is sought by power companies, concrete companies etc. to be used as fuel. TDF is made of secondary shred of a specific size required by the buyer of the chip.


Where can I find more information on the tire recycle business?

Listed on this site are many sources in the Recycling Applications section but RMA.org and Scrap Tire News are good places to start. Learn more »


When I call BCA with questions who should I ask for?

  • For Sales ask for John.
  • For Technical Assistance and Design ask for Doug or Joe Bartelt.
  • For Financing or Payment ask for Jim.


What is the process for getting a BCA shredder specified for me and ordered?

It starts with a simple question "what material am I trying to reduce and for what eventual purpose or market" ? It ends with an approved BCA design or model specified for your application and a delivery date. Let the BCA staff make it simple.