Different Uses for Balers

by Global Trash Solutions

An industrial baler may not seem like the most versatile of tools, at first, but don’t let that fool you. These manufacturing and farming tools are used by a wide variety of industries and come in several different forms that maximize their usefulness for different organizations and entities.

What Is an Industrial Baler?

Balers are machines that compress and bind material into compact shapes (“bales”), making said material easier to store and transport. Different types of balers are used in agricultural, commercial, and industrial settings to help move and process everything from vegetation to recyclable waste. In particular, we’re going to be focusing on industrial balers used to aid in the transportation of recyclable material.

bundled cardboard boxes ready for industrial baler

Industrial balers come in a range of sizes, from fairly small to very large. When recyclable waste needs to be processed, it can be loaded into a baler, which will then compress large amounts of plastics, cardboard, and other reusable material into compact bales.

Types of Balers Available

Some of the variations of industrial balers include:

  • Vertical baler: A top-loading unit, the vertical baler uses an industrial press to condense large amounts of material into a compact, easy to transport unit. It is very effective but only produces one bale at a time.
  • Horizontal baler: This baler takes materials in on one side, compresses them, and then ejects the newly made bales out the other side. They are mostly used by organizations that produce large amounts of recyclable waste that has to be processed quickly.
  • Auto-Tie baler: A single or double ram auto tie baler is most often used for processing large amounts of cardboard, corrugated materials, and paper products. Applications include printing plants, document destruction, and container or box manufacturing.
  • Closed-Door baler: Closed-door balers typically use a highly efficient feeding system such as a conveyor belt or cart dumper, which feeds materials into the baler constantly. This type of baler can process a wide variety of materials, including paper, plastic, cans, textiles, and scrap materials.

Industrial Balers Process Many Materials

Materials for which balers are used to process include:

  • Newspaper
  • Aluminum
  • Scrap metal
  • Cardboard
  • Shrinkwrap
  • Paper
  • Steel cans
  • Packaging foam
  • Radiators and other discarded car parts
  • Plastic wrap
  • PET plastic

warehousing for overflow storage

Commercial Baler Applications

Industrial balers are used by a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including:

  • Department stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Office complexes
  • Schools and universities
  • Shopping centers
  • Recycling centers
  • Warehouses
  • Manufacturing facilities

Choosing the Right Baler for Your Business

The size of the baler determines the size of the bale it produces. A vertical mini-baler creates bales that are around 10-15 cubic feet and 100-175 pounds, while a large industrial baler can produce bales that are over 30 cubic feet and weigh several hundred pounds.

Choosing the right size and model depends on your intended use, the amount of materials you need to process, the available space to install baler equipment, and other factors that will inform your cost/benefit analysis. Global Trash Solutions has experts available to guide your purchase and make sure that the industrial baler you choose will meet your needs now and in the future. Call today to find out more!

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