Cross-Shredding Systems

Innovative Solution providing the Most Secure Destruction for High Volume Applications

  • State-of-the-art technology from Allegheny that generates maximum throughput with the highest level of document security
  • Utilizes a two-stage process providing the most advanced shredding capability in the industry
  • Significantly increases your shredding capacity while producing a much smaller shred size than single strip-cut shredding


To meet the growing need for a higher level of document security than strip-cut shredding, especially in high volume shredding applications, we developed the Allegheny Cross-Shredding™ technology.

This innovative two-stage shredding process involves positioning two shredders at a 90ºangle to one another. For example, you might add a pre-shredder with a 75 Hp motor and a 2” shred width in front of a shredder with a 100 Hp motor and a 5/8” shred width. The output of the first shredder is fed into the second shredder and comes out as highly secure, cross-shredded pieces that are much smaller than the output from strip-cut shredding.

In addition to the increased security, you can significantly improve your throughput volume up to 50%, resulting in the most secure destruction possible when processing large amounts of material. If you already have a shredder, it’s easy to integrate a pre-shredder into your existing system, providing a cost-effective solution for greater productivity.

Allegheny Cross-Shredding Systems are extremely efficient, quiet, and produce minimal dust. Our technicians can provide a detailed diagram to show you the most efficient layout for your cross-shredding system within your facility. Multiple shred width combinations are available. Use this advanced technology to gain a dramatic increase in both throughput and security – and position your shredding service as the leader in your area!


  • Cross-Shredding dramatically increases security by producing output of a much smaller size than strip-cut shredding
  • Significantly improves throughput volume, up to 50%
  • Easy to install, by integrating a pre-shredder in front of your existing shredder to create a cost-effective solution combining greater volume and greater security
  • Can be combined with an Allegheny Auto-Feed™ System to save on labor costs
  • The advantages of this innovative technology will help establish you as the industry leader in your region!

Optional Equipment

Allegheny offers optional equipment to provide easier disposal of your shredded materials and enable you to turn your waste paper into recycling dollars. We can even custom design a complete shredding system to maximize your shredder’s productivity and reduce your labor costs.

We’ll help you determine the most efficient way to collect materials for shredding, process materials through the shredder, and recycle shredded paper for a profit.

Allegheny will also help you design the physical layout of your system to make the most efficient use of available space and personnel. Using computer-aided design technology we can provide you with a detailed diagram showing the optimal layout of your shredding system within your facility.

Our technicians are available to install our complete shredding system and train your personnel to ensure safe, efficient operation and proper maintenance of your equipment.

Used with a loading cart, security container, or a Gaylord box, the Allegheny 880 or HLS Tipper offers an efficient way to load materials onto your shredder’s input conveyor. This increases the volume of throughput to be shredded and minimizes operator fatigue and strain.
Sorting conveyors allow the operators to separate materials by grade and type prior to shredding for maximum recycling profits. Primary Conveyors (in-floor or above-ground), Metering Conveyors (see Auto-Feed™ Systems below), and Output Conveyors allow easy transport of shredded materials into a baler, compactor, dumpster, or other receptacle.
Auto-Feed™ Systems
This revolutionary system developed by Allegheny greatly increases your shredding capacity while dramatically reducing labor costs. These systems utilize a high capacity Primary Conveyor (in-floor or above-ground) coupled with a variable speed Metering Conveyor, assuring an even flow of paper into the shredder’s cutting assembly. This unique design virtually eliminates jams and minimizes operator fatigue and strain.
Horizontal Balers
Allegheny manufactures a complete line of horizontal closed-end balers and auto-tie open-end balers to increase the efficiency of your shredding operations. Allegheny balers produce dense, superior quality bales that increase your recycling profits. Bale weights range from 800 lbs. up to 2000 lbs.
Consoles & Security Containers
Allegheny provides a full selection of security containers and executive consoles to provide secure storage of documents prior to shredding.

What Our Customers Say

“You can’t beat an Allegheny Cross-Shredding System for capacity, security, efficiency, and long life – no other system exists that can outperform it.”
JOHN WAGNER, Founder, Allegheny Shredders

“We’ve vastly improved our speed, security, and total throughput capacity – by at least 50% – by upgrading to an Allegheny Cross-Shredding System. It’s practical and very cost-effective. I never want to do single strip-cut shredding again!”
TOM SIMPSON, AAA Certified Confidential Security Corporation
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