Hydraulic Alligator Shears
An alligator shear is a metal-cutting shear with a hinged jaw, powered by a hydraulic cylinder. Alligator shears are generally set up as stand-alone shears, however there are types for excavators. They are generally used to cut steel members, such as rebar, pipe, angle iron or I-beam. Alligator shears are typically used for cutting long-length metal stock or scrap. Alligator shears are often used in conjunction with large metal shredders in the metal recycling industry, to 'clean' or prepare scrap for shredding by removing unwanted fittings or other parts the shredder will not accept.