We have a fleet of Nissan trucks and 100 + skip-bins to collect scrap, and several large machines to process it. The most active of these is a semi mobile diesel operated Sierra shear. This machine compacts scrap and then sends it through a shear (guillotine) which slices through the steel scrap (up to 6 rail-lines at a time) in order to make the scrap more compact.
We also have a monstrously powerful Metso-Lindemann baler. This high production baler takes light scrap such as thin sheet, tinplate and car bodies and compacts it into a cube (bale) measuring 30cm x 30cm x 30cm and weighing 80kgs. This machine put the two older balers that we have into early retirement.
We have several excavators with grapple attachments to load and offload scrap, as well as many cutting torches for outside or unusual cutting jobs, a weighbridge and several small scales for weighing.
We source our oxygen for cutting from Air Liquide, and the volume we buy means that we can supply gas to our regular customers who need gas to demolish scrap prior to bringing it to us.
A magnet is always the first tool used in sorting scrap metal, as well as years of hands-on experience, but for critical sorting we own an XRF Niton Analyser. This hand-held 'gun' tells us within 7 seconds exactly what is in the alloy, as well as it's common or commercial description.