Balers are machines that assist their users in waste management by turning any number of high or low volumes of materials into bales, which are bundles of material that have been compressed and tightly wrapped and bound with cords or hoops. Also called compactors, balers are highly durable and reliable. When properly refurbished, used balers serve as an excellent alternative purchase to more expensive new baler machines.
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Applications of Used Balers
These budget-friendly machines are used for a variety of compressing applications, including recycling, disposing of waste, and preparing waste materials for transportation, handling, or storage. Though they are most frequently employed with industrial waste and recycling applications, balers can also be used to compress agricultural materials, like hay, an application for which the hay baler was created.
Used Baler Design and Function
Balers, also known as baler or baling machines, are available in several forms, depending on the type of bale they produce, how they bind bales, whether or not they are mobile, and what type of material they bale. Bales are either rectangular or cylindrical, and they may be bound by wire, netting, strapping, or twine. While some balers are stationary, others are made to move. The latter are often designed to be pulled behind a towing vehicle, such as a tractor or a tow truck.
Material loaded into balers may be loaded by hand, by loader systems, by air systems, or by conveyors. The area into which they are loaded is called the input area. Once material enters the input area, it is carried into a chamber, where, through the power of hydraulics, it is smashed, pounded, or squeezed into a compact bale.
Benefits of Purchasing Used Balers
Purchasing used balers saves companies money in both the short and long run. Not only is the initial investment much less expensive, but companies will see a much faster turnaround time with them, and because they are so reliable, the machine or machines will likely last for many years to come.
Beyond monetary savings, there are a number of reasons that companies should invest in used balers. One significant advantage of used balers is their contribution to sustainability and green solutions. Baling, of course, is already a green process, since it cuts down on waste volumes, which reduces the carbon emissions required to recycle it. Buying used expands upon this endeavor. This is especially appealing for recycling operations, which are already looking to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Companies focused on recycling applications can further reduce their carbon footprint when they purchase used balers that have been designed for integration with entire recycling and composting systems.
Points to Consider When Purchasing Used Balers
Used balers are available for purchase via online suppliers who buy and sell used industrial equipment or through local baler or refurbishment companies. To make the most out of a used baler investment, potential purchasers would be wise to have the baler they are considering thoroughly tested before purchase. Though they usually have long lives, it is best to make sure they have been properly refurbished and do not have any malfunctions or incorrectly working components. When they speak with a used baler supplier representative, it is also important that potential customers go in knowing what type or types and what volume of material they plan on baling. This way, the representative can help them select the best baler configuration for their application.
Types of Used Balers
There are only two main styles of baler machines: horizontal balers and vertical balers. Both types are based on direction and material flow. Materials to be compressed by horizontal balers are loaded and travel through them horizontally. In other words, horizontal balers are loaded from the side. Typically, they are used to process denser and heavier materials, such as non-ferrous scrap, newspapers, textiles, and aluminum cans. Industries that often use horizontal balers include automotive, packaging, and industrial manufacturing.
While they are less space efficient, taking up more floor room than vertical balers, horizontal balers have the advantage of being able to run on a continuous process with a greater load capacity. Vertical balers are loaded from the top and are generally used to compress less dense and lighter materials, such as plastic bottles, corrugated cardboard, and shrink wrap. Because vertical balers require manual unloading, they work more slowly and have a lower overall output. However, they produce significantly less waste than horizontal balers and they take up less room.