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This machine destroys everything: The ultimate shredder

Jun 13, 2011 By Abraham

As Alfred Lord Tennyson sort of said,

Theirs is not to reason why.
Theirs is but to do (very, very carefully) or die.

(via Shane Clements)

The cantaloupe was the best in my opinion. The couch was funny, too.


  1. Joe S says:

    Maybe they should have led with the (now) vintage soda cans before they decided to shred multiple kinds of feminine products.

  2. blahblahblah says:

    Would do good for hard drive wiping. Have a laptop? Throw it in there if you suspect a raid. No way to recover data lol

    1. Brittany says:

      I can just imagine them looking around the house for items to shred…”I’ve got it!”…

    2. Beet Salad says:

      i assume he’s getting even for his wife and daughters always asking him to go buy them some tampons.

        1. MAC-DADDY says:

          Actually, that’s a good demonstration. The application of a muffin monster, such as this, is a viable in many waste-water systems. Hospital gloves, prophylactics, maxi pads, tampons, tampon applicators, mop strings, mop heads, sticks, rocks, bottles and cans…all make up the largest amount of inorganic materials that routinely find their way into a waste-water treatment facility. It’s unsightly to look at, floating, requires constant screening and these things clog pipes, pumps, valves, etc. causing constant maintenance to de-clog or replace many of these processes. At the head of a plant, these monsters chew all that stuff up and everything that passes is able to settle out and be removed via various grit and sludge removal processes throughout the plant and gives equipment and machinery longer life, and saves the municipality money. As soon as there is a need to replace parts and pumps etc, the cost of running the plant goes up, and the cost of sewer bill inflates. As an operator, I’d rather spend a few minutes each day, ensuring this thing is working properly, than to have to spend my day pulling pumps or draining pits and cutting into pipes and reaching in there to pull mop heads out for 3 days. Yes mop heads (thank you local prison system).

          1. Gwen says:

            That’s a very interesting insight. I was wondering why/how those guys were able to use industrial equipment for destruction of seemingly random items. Now it makes more sense, although I doubt that couches get flushed very often. Haha. Tell me, don’t the mop strings get tangled around and bind up the rollers?

          2. Lisa says:

            Thanks for explaining that to everyone. I wondered if anyone else would know what a “muffin monster” is.

  3. Chaotic Hammer says:

    A few observations:

    -Since they finished on impressive items like furniture and wooden pallets, was it really necessary to demonstrate on feminine hygiene products?

    -Clearly this is not a shop that values safety first. (“3 Days Without an Accident Involving Death or Dismemberment and — oops, scratch that. Set it back to 0 Days, Leroy.”)

    -The soundtrack did not enhance the viewing experience. Something by Slipknot would have better represented the action occurring, though I realize there was no Slipknot yet in the 1940s when this was made.

    1. MAC-DADDY says:

      These are all things, routinely seen in the waste water industry, that create havoc on pumps and machinery within a sewer plant facility. That’s the main application for this muffin monster.

  4. Jerry says:

    Is it wrong for me to say that I was looking for somebody to lose a hand?

    I don’t think that OSHA approval is in the cards.

    1. Ben says:

      Not wrong at all. I was looking for at least a finger.

      Also, that guy that did the insulation had to have been SO ITCHY for the rest of the day.

  5. Andy L says:

    Industrial Shredders are fascinating to watch. There are YouTube vids showing *entire cars* being shredded by these things.

  6. todd says:

    these are used at wastewater treatment plants to grind up things (non-poo) in the sewage so that it doesn’t damage pumps, screens, etc.

    the feminine hygiene products are routinely flushed down the toilet and cause problems. the company who makes this was simply showing how well it works.

    about the only thing that they won’t chew up is steel/iron, unless it is very thin.

  7. Peter says:

    Holy unsafe. One wrong move or slip, you’ll hear, “Hey, my favorite arm!”

    Reminds me of Deep Thoughts – if you ever drop your keys in an industrial shredder, let ’em go, because man, they’re gone.

  8. Tiffany says:

    “Boy I’ll tell ya, we shoved shoes in there, we even fed it a couch. Those were the days. And that’s the story of how Uncle Davy lost his arm.”

  9. \dsgt says:

    Looks cool… but if you really want to see one of these things in action, there’s a video floating around somewhere of a huge version in a slaughterhouse, that bad boy munches through carcasses

  10. anthony says:

    It was 2 different shredders. The size of the one doing tampons (whoopee) and the couch were obviously different.

    The smaller was impressive with shoes and belts. Fruit, tampons….a paper shredder can damn near handle them.

    The couch was pretty flimsy and it was a much larger grinder. Somewhat impressive though.

  11. Jessica says:

    OMG… i could not look away… I wanted to see them put like a watermelon or whole chicken in there… Or even better, a car tire.. or even the WHOLE car!

    1. Kathleen says:

      I agree, it was totally wasteful. Many things could have been used, but it looked like most of the things were new or usable!

  12. Onelio says:

    scientists 1 “OK cool it ripped right through the rocks, but is it strong enough to grind tampons…” scientist 2 “I’m not sure we should check.”

  13. AK says:

    This would have been a great science project… O-o

    If they would have doubled or tripled the RPM on that thing, it might of been able to crush a car. :D

  14. hugh says:

    Two questions: 1. When would you need a machine that destroys everything? And 2. where was the gaurd rail to protect the guy feeding it all in? An ‘accident’ does not bear thinking about!

  15. David says:

    What’s with that muzak?

    I’m sure they could have found something much more appropriate by Woody Guthrie.

    Worried Man Blues
    The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done
    So Long, Its Been Good to Know You (Which I switched midway into the vid)
    This Hand is My Hand

    Most any song would have done well.

  16. MalZoid says:

    *Wife says to husband* ‘Hunny, have you seen my tampax? I have looked everywhere for them.’
    *Husband* ‘Umm No. Not recently hunny…’ *looks suspicious*
    *Wife* ‘You weren’t playing with your mega shredder again were you?’
    *Husband* ‘Umm, No, Never,’
    Bad situation to be in >.<

  17. K says:

    The ‘will it blend?’ videos are pathetic next to this. The music on this is what really makes it. Someone needs to make a ‘will it shred’ series where everyone knows the answer is always yes. A bledtec blender being fed into this thing would be sooooo good. (Oh, and i totally didn’t just watch this video three times in a row…)

  18. Joseph says:

    For all that what has been said, a shredder tester to me is one if the coolest jobs in the world. Anything you don’t like – in it goes! Your phone, your car, your neighbors noisy dog. Don’t stress – shred! :)

  19. Tink says:

    I don’t even want to imagine what it would do to an arm… though my imagination is graphic, so I just did :/

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