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Month by month, our Weibold academy series dwells deeper into the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of this business. In case you have missed our previous articles, you can find the links at the end of this post.

Parameters which help you choose tire recycling equipment

If you are just about to launch your first tire recycling business or upgrade an existing plant, you must be looking for reliable machinery with high performance. To help you make the right choice, we describe below important equipment parameters you would need to consider before launching your new plant.

Input and output capacities

If you would like to have an efficient equipment that would match needs of your business, you need to compare equipment capabilities to your estimated supply and processing time. If equipment slows down your production time, costs of your operation grow and thus cut down your profit. The only reasonable excuses for slower production is better output quality and higher safety. Make sure your tire recycling line operates at high capacities so you have enough spare time for unplanned equipment maintenance.

By-product separation

In tire recycling, there are a number of equipment modules and some of them are designed for separation or purification of material. Scrap tires contain not only rubber, but also by-products like steel wire and textile. These are, on the one hand, valuable products, but on the other hand, their inclusion into rubber granulate or rubber powder can significantly decrease quality and price of your material. Make sure you find equipment that will maximize your potential earnings with the best possible final product.

Power requirements

Energy efficiency is one of the cornerstones in tire recycling business. Choosing inefficient equipment could detriment your business, as it could significantly increase your costs. Eventually, higher electricity bills may affect your bottom line. Still, importance of this parameter depends on your country of operation and local electricity prices.

Operating staff

Another important factor is staff needed to operate your tire recycling equipment. Similar to what we considered in electricity, labor-intensive business model could prove good if you operate in countries with low income and low minimum wages. For instance, some recycling balers, require labor to hand-tie the bales, and others have automated tying. If your labor costs are high, consider upgrading your plant with automatic equipment.

Time of operation

To make sure that equipment will reliably last for many years, inquire its recommended operating time from the manufacturers. Simple arithmetic calculations will help you plan your expenses way ahead and this will give you a chance to prepare financially for timely replacement of the old equipment. To make sure that operation time declared by the manufacturer is correct, find tire recycling companies who already use the same equipment and compare theory with facts.

Replacement parts and maintenance kits

It is important to know in advance when your equipment would need major maintenance and replacement kits. Firstly, you would need to plan interims for downtime in your production schedule. Secondly, you must be financially prepared to maintenance expenditures. Compare maintenance costs of the equipment of different manufacturers and then resort to tire recycling companies who already operate this equipment. Once again, compare numbers declared by the manufacturer with facts from operators. To be always prepared to unintended consequences, make sure spare parts can be swiftly delivered to your facility in case you have an emergency.

Safety parameters

Safety is utterly important with heavy equipment, and it’s even more so when you are processing materials that can be hazardous. Know exactly what safety features the equipment has so you can compare different models and equipment from different manufacturers. Bear in mind numerous potential hazards from ignition of rubber powder during production to staff members falling into shredders. By any means, you must prevent accidents at your plant and equipment manufacturers are the ones who can help you do that.

Customer support by manufacturer

Remember that you are not just buying equipment, you are creating a relationship with the company that makes it. Don’t settle for a company that does not provide the customer service you deserve. Find reviews, testimonials, and other information from people who have bought from the company so you know exactly what you’re getting into and how happy you can expect to be with the level of service. You can also look for awards and ratings by marketing research and customer service agencies.


As a rule, warranty for tire recycling equipment covers only the first year of operation, because operating time of the equipment largely depends on recycling practices of the processor. Nevertheless, you should make sure you receive reimbursement and proper technical support if things go wrong. In this capital-intensive business, your precaution won’t be redundant.

Opinion of experts

Almost always, searching for tire recycling equipment is a hard and time-consuming process which requires a lot of your attention and constant comparing of data declared by the manufacturer with real figures from tire recyclers. For individuals who are newcomers to tire recycling business, it can be very hard to gather this information and make an adequate decision. To save time and money, you should resort to experts who can give you an adequate advice.

Weibold helps both new and well-established tire recycling companies clearly define all pros and cons of equipment. Our technical comparison studies have already supported a number or companies worldwide and saved tens of thousands dollars to recyclers in the form of lower expenditures and higher performance.

To order a technical comparison study, send us an inquiry to and we will help you build successful tire recycling business.

Links to our previous articles:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires
  18. weibold! Academy: Recycled tires in railroad construction
  19. weibold! Academy: Basics about tire-derived fuel
  20. weibold! Academy: Waste tires in civil engineering
  21. weibold! Academy: How to create your own sandals from used tires
  22. Weibold Academy: Sustainable rubber powder composites
  23. Weibold Academy: How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds
  24. Weibold Academy: Recycled tires in footwear manufacturing
  25. Weibold Academy: Advantages and the current state of tire retreading industry
  26. Weibold Academy: Basics about rubberized asphalt