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Efficiency and Sustainability through Hardwood Shredding

WEIMA shredders are utilized in a variety of applications, but the wood industry is where it all began! An operation can benefit in many ways by selecting a wood waste shredder that will serve as an extension of that company’s workforce.

The Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association (IHLA) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, was the ideal location to discuss wood shredding as it pertains to the hardwood industry and to sustainability.

A WEIMA Horizontal Beaver 300 (HB300) in operation

The right machine for the job

Regional Sales Manager, Jeremy Boggs, was thrilled to return once again to the IHLA conference in Indianapolis. WEIMA is a long-time exhibitor at this conference, which focuses on best practices within the hardwood industry.

With that in mind, Boggs exhibited at this conference with a WEIMA Horizontal Beaver 300 on the conference floor.


“The HB300 is an economically priced horizontal shredder that fits most small to medium wood shops,” says Boggs. “Placed strategically in the plant, the robustly-built 25hp shredder helps eliminate waste and waste handling.  In some cases, it can produce another revenue stream.”

The horizontal shredder models can also be equipped with a vibratory infeed conveyor for more efficient and consistent feeding of the material. The horizontal shredder line comes in larger sizes as well for more substantial pieces of wood waste.

A close-up view of the HB300 cutting chamber

Focus on sustainability

The IHLA focuses much of its advocacy efforts on the environmental aspect of the hardwood industry. With an active market for wood products, the organization emphasizes responsible forestry and thoughtful harvesting of the most substantial and beautiful renewable resource: trees.

This attention to environmental issues is in direct alignment with the WEIMA mindset of responsible manufacturing practices, regardless of the industry. WEIMA has been in the wood industry, however, for over three decades. When a customer is considering the addition of a shredder to their manufacturing line—for whatever reason—decades of know-how surely make a difference in selecting the right machine for the specific operation.


A Horizontal Beaver 300 with an infeed conveyor is set near a waste stream to reduce handling and save time.

Space and time

There is nothing more valuable within an operation than its workforce. If the adage has it right—time is money. It is for this reason that horizontal wood shredders are often strategically placed next to waste-generating machinery like rip saws and routers. The proximity of a shredder to this type of waste stream frees up an employee from hauling wood scrap across a plant for disposal and allows them to use that time in more productive ways.