In 1975, when the U.S. based Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required the stricter regulation of exhaust emissions, having a catalytic converter on your automobile or truck became a necessity. As the use of this device became more of a commonplace, so did the knowledge that it still had worth even after a vehicle’s end-of-life phase.
During the recycling process, the catalytic converter can be removed from a vehicle and the precious metals within it can be extracted and repurposed. The worth of the platinum, palladium and rhodium housed within a catalytic converter makes its removal well worth it. It is the value of these precious metals that drives the catalytic converter’s value. When prices are high, converters can draw $200. Recycling yards were in need of a way to safely and efficiently remove a catalytic converter from a car. The necessity of such a tool is what inspired Dave Casebolt to design and patent a cutting head that would effectively do the job, the Supershear.
The Supershear hydraulic catalytic converter cutter has provided the recycling industry the best tool for the removal of the catalytic converter for more than 20 years. We continue to use the same original design invented and patented by Casebolt more than two decades ago because it is safe, powerful and efficient. During the design process, keeping things simple was a high priority.
Complex jaws and pivot points make for more wear points, which leads to expensive repairs when problems arise. The Supershear cutting head uses one moving part, making it simple and efficient. Each machine is equipped with 23 ft. braided hydraulic hose, a cart and a range of power sources, a 12 volt battery, an electric start gas engine and a 110/220 volt motor. This variety allows us to offer a quality product to smaller recycling yards that process 20 to 100 cars a week, as well as larger yards that process more that 100 each day.
For those yards looking to take their catalytic converter processing to the next level and harvest the precious metals found within, we also offer the Supershear DeCanner. The DeCanner is designed to slice through a catalytic converter can with a steel blade, at which point you can funnel the captured catalyst into a container of your choice below the machine.
We take pride in the customer service we provide to our customers. In our shop located in Mesa, Arizona, we assemble each machine from parts we purchase and fabricate in-house, as well as provide service when it is needed for every Supershear and Supershear DeCanner. We can even handle special orders for explosion zones or when requested, a dual head cutter. The inventory kept on hand ensures that we are able to support all Supershears sold and nearly every phone call receives attention from a person directly in touch with the creation of the machines, the owner Larry DeMik, who can even help you troubleshoot common errors. Many scrap and recycling yards’ waste time and money because they don’t have the proper tool to remove the converter. For further details on the Supershear and how it can potentially help your recycling yard, please visit the website at supershears.com.