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Make Your Own Horse Bedding from Cardboard

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Cardboard Shredders for Making Horse BeddingWhen you think of cardboard, the last thing that probably comes to your mind is horse bedding. Believe it or not, however, shredded cardboard is quickly becoming a favorite horse bedding material for horse owners. There are many reasons why this is the case. I would like to cover all of the reasons in this article and would like to recommend some cardboard shredders (found here) that you may want to consider using for your own horse bedding production.

At ABC Office we sell a lot of office equipment and supplies designed to help streamline and simplify business operations. A few years ago we started noticing that stable operators and owners were purchasing cardboard shredders. As we came to find out, these people where purchasing the shredders to quickly and easily shred cardboard down into soft horse bedding. So why use cardboard?

Advantages of using cardboard for horse bedding:

  • Availability – Cardboard is readily available. In fact, many department stores simply throw away used boxes and are more than willing to give them away. This means zero cost for the actual cardboard material.
  • Environmentally Sound – Cardboard quickly breaks down back into soil, making it excellent for compost and for environmentally sound disposal. This is also a material that is often thrown away, allowing you to get a second use out of it.
  • Texture – While you may think cardboard sounds uncomfortable, it is actually remarkably soft. From what customers have told me, horses love to lie down and sleep on it.
  • Cleanup – Sweeping up, shoveling and cleaning soiled or old cardboard shreddings is very easy and is actually easier in many cases than straw or wood shavings.

Things to watch out for:

  • Staples – You don’t want sharp objects in your shredded cardboard as this may pose a health hazard to horses. While many boxes are glued together, some are stapled. If you are using boxes that include staples, be sure to remove them before shredding the boxes.
  • Dust – The cardboard shredders we offer cut cardboard in a waffle pattern that creates very little dust. If you aren’t using a dedicated cardboard shredder, you will want to be careful that there isn’t too much dust that could adversely affect the respiratory health of the horse.

Different Cardboard Shredder Models:

  • HSM Profi Pack 400 (found here) – This is a very affordable and compact cardboard shredder that is perfect for areas with limited space. It uses hardened steel rollers to quickly chop up cardboard into horse bedding.
  • Martin Yale PacMate (found here) – This shredder easily sits on the end of a table or bench and has a nice bag holder for catching the shredded cardboard as it leaves the machine.
  • HSM Profi Pack 425 (found here) – This is the king of all cardboard shredders and is excellent for shredding a lot of cardboard throughout the day. It can handle cardboard in upwards of 2-3 layers thick. This shredder cuts down cardboard at a speed of 39 feet per minute, making it extremely fast.

All three of the above-mentioned models work great and have proven themselves to be solid machines. They are all easy to use and can all be used for creating horse bedding. We are more than happy to send you a sample of shredded cardboard upon request. If you have additional questions about cardboard shredders and how they work, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

What is a Cardboard Perforator?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Martin Yale / Intimus PackMate Cardboard ShredderHave you ever heard the term cardboard perforator used before? I hadn’t either until I was writing up some descriptions for a couple of HSM ProfiPack cardboard shredders. HSM refers to their cardboard shredders as cardboard perforators. It makes sense, especially when you look at the cardboard shredding process.

If you’re not familiar with cardboard shredders, they are used to cut down cardboard boxes into either strips or into “waffle-cut” pieces for a variety of reasons. Waffle-cut cardboard does have more of a perforated than a shredded appearance to it. Most of our customers who own cardboard shredders use shredded cardboard as box filler or as cushioned packaging for mailing and shipping packages.

Shredded cardboard is remarkably effective at absorbing high shock impacts. Products packaged with shredded cardboard often turn out better than other packages using peanuts or air pockets. This is due in part to the sponge-like properties of shredded cardboard and the fact that shredded cardboard doesn’t move much during shipping.

Cardboard shredders are primarily purchased for the following reasons:

  • Free Packaging
  • Cardboard Recycling
  • Freeing Up Space

As previously mentioned, we offer three different cardboard shredders (perforators):

  1. Martin Yale PackMate Cardboard Shredder
  2. HSM ProfiPack 400 Cardboard Perforator
  3. HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard Shredder

All three of these models are solid machines. One unique feature that I personally like about the Martin Yale PackMate is that it can be used to not only shred cardboard, but newsprints and computer printouts. While shredding computer printouts is a great way to recycle paper as packaging, it is by no means confidential, so be sure your computer printouts do not contain any sensitive information.

I personally think that every warehouse should have a cardboard shredder. They are effective machines, easy to use and really help free up space in the warehouse.

HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard Shredder Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

HSM ProfiPack 425 Cardboard ShredderAre you looking for an alternative way to package products for shipping? If you are using packing peanuts, you may want to consider using cardboard as an alternative packaging material. One great way to take unused boxes and turn them into free packaging is by using the HSM ProfiPack 425 cardboard shredder (found here). I have used this shredder and this is my review.

We live in a very environmentally conscious world today and are always looking for new and inventive ways to recycle. One great way to save your business money, recycle and be more environmentally conscious is by using a cardboard shredder like the ProfiPack 425. Cardboard is biodegradable and is a great alternative to foam packaging peanuts.

Another great benefit about cardboard packaging is that boxes are everywhere. If you run or operate a warehouse, you probably have empty boxes laying around. While some businesses dispose of boxes by using a compactor, others are beginning to discover that shredding them costs less and makes great packaging.

The HSM ProfiPack 425 is designed to quickly take boxes and shred them. Shredded cardboard does not have the same appearance as shredded paper. When a box is run through the ProfiPack 425, it maintains its shape and isn’t actually cut up into tiny pieces. Shredded cardboard has more of a waffle-like appearance, making it soft and pliable.

We actually have the ProfiPack 425 in our warehouse and we use it to create packaging every day. When you insert a piece of cardboard into the machine for shredding, it cuts the cardboard to a 16 ¾” width. Excess cardboard falls off to the side of the machine (where it can later be shredded).

It can be a little difficult to explain, so you can see a video demo of the ProfiPack 425 in action by going here.

The shredded cardboard is very easy to handle, stretch and manipulate. Many people have mentioned that it has a chain-link fence appearance. You can see an example here:

Shredded Cardboard Example

The ProfiPack 425 can easily handle about 2-3 layers of cardboard at a time. This means you don’t need to worry about cutting down the box prior to shredding it. Simply smash the box down flat and run it through the shredder.

The ProfiPack weighs in at 386 pounds shipped. While this is pretty heavy duty, don’t worry. It rests on casters that make the ProfiPack 425 very easy to move around.

Overall I consider the ProfiPack to be a solid machine. Having used it myself, I can definatley see the benefits of shredding cardboard and consider the Model 425 to be a great solution to just about any warehouse’s cardboard recycling and packaging needs.

You can find the HSM ProfiPack 425 cardboard shredder here. You can find our entire selection of cardboard shredders here.

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