How Do I work out the right baler size?

What type of material are you baling?

Identifying the recyclable waste material in your business and its percentage of your total waste bill is essential. For example, a shop with a hot food counter will average 60-70% packaging waste, and by segregating and baling this waste, the owner can reduce their waste collection fees by up to 60%.

Some material types may help determine the correct type of baler for you. For example, a heavy-duty baler can bale aluminium cans and even car tyres.

How much waste do you need to bale?

Smaller shops and retail stores are generally best served by a smaller baler that takes up minimal space and produces small enough bales that fit easily through doorways and can be managed by a single person.

Think about how many cardboard boxes you need to bale per day. The higher your volumes, the more often you’ll have to tie off bales.

How much space do you have?

Dimensions and footprint sizes are essential when considering vertical balers. Also, consider the ceiling height when calculating the available space. For example, a low-height baler with ram chambers on its sides can handle larger volumes of waste products and fit under low ceilings or basements.

Is bale size important?

Smaller bales might be easier to handle and easily fit through tight spots, while larger pallet-sized bales can save labour and give a better return on investment.

What is your baler budget?

Considering all the variable factors, you should ask yourself how much you can spend on a baler solution and how to get the best return on investment. Free bale pick-ups in metro areas will drastically reduce your monthly waste bill and should be compared against your long-term capital expenditure. It is essential to go for a reliable and well-recognized baler that you can count on.

Common Pitfalls in buying a baler

Buying a baler without proper consideration of what’s required to suit your needs can often lead to pitfalls that could have been avoided. These commonly are;

Baler purchased is too big or too small. If the baler is too small, your operators will have to tie off a bale too often, making a lot more effort required, or it restricts the company as it grows. On the flip side, the baler could be too big, meaning that the cost outlay at the start could be higher than what’s required.

Warranty term is not considered. If you want back-up and support for your baler, make sure the warranty term is considered to suit your needs.

If needed, warranty extensions are often available. The industry standard is 2 years.

Working with a team that has solid back-up and support after the sale can make all the difference. Consider your operations and what the impact would be if your baler were down. How fast can the supplier respond and fix an issue, and do they keep spare parts on hand?

Ongoing costs of consumables. When you purchase the baler, it doesn’t stop there. Baling twine is required to keep your bales tied together. Ensure your supplier keeps sufficient stock of baling twine, and if possible, it can be best to buy in bulk at the start to reduce freight costs to avoid running out one day.

Comparing baler spec is critical to purchasing. Doing this well will help ensure you purchase the best value baler, not necessarily the cheapest one. You need the right baler with the right size, power requirements, pressing force, and ease of use to suit the work that the baler will be doing for you. Take the time to do this thoroughly.

It’s important to know what power supply you have available. Balers can be powered by Electricity or Air, depending on the manufacturer. Electricity-powered balers range from single phase 10 Amp supply up to a 3 phase 20 Amp power supply. Air-powered balers require constant compressed air, meaning you will require an air compressor or existing airlines.

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