Different Uses for Balers
Balers may not seem like the most versatile of tools, at first, but don’t let that fool you. These industrial 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 Are Balers?
Balers are machines that compress and bind material into compact shapes (“bales”), making said material easier to store and transport. Different versions 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.
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.
Variations on industrial balers include:
- Vertical baler: A top-loading unit that uses an industrial press to condense large amounts of material into a compact, easy to transport unit. Very effective, but only produces one bale at a time.
- Horizontal baler: Takes materials in on one side, compresses them, and then ejects the newly made bale out the other side. Mostly used by organizations that produce large amounts of recyclable waste that has to be processed quickly.
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.
Materials for which balers are used to process include:
- Scrap metal
- Shrink wrap
- Steel cans
- Packaging foam
- Radiators and other discarded car parts
- Plastic wrap
- PET plastic
Who Uses Balers?
Industrial balers are used by a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including:
- Department stores
- Office complexes
- Schools and universities
- Shopping centers
- Recycling centers
- Manufacturing facilities
- And more
For more information about industrial balers, contact the waste management consulting experts at Global Trash Solutions today at 866-760-8194.