Balers & Baler Manufacturers

Balers are machines used to compress and bind materials. In industrial, retail or consumer sectors, balers compress waste or byproducts for the purposes of improved ease of handling, transportation, storage or recycling. In farming and agricultural sectors, balers are used to compress harvested crops for purposes of transportation or feeding. Balers can press and bind virtually any material including garbage, plastic, scrap cloth and many other materials.

Industrial baler manufacturers produce balers for specific purposes such as cardboard balers, trash compactors and metal balers. Heavy-duty balers for use with waste products that require a lot of pressure in order to compress are sometimes referred to as baling presses, or in specific cases drum crushers. For agricultural uses, such as creating hay bales, round balers are typically used. Specialized baling and compact equipment with the added feature of moisture extraction is used for materials which contain residual oils and liquids. Industrial compactors and compactors are very similar to balers in that they reduce material size for more efficient transportation. Balers tend to be very durable and reliable pieces of machinery and therefore it is possible to source used balers at cost-effective prices that have been refurbished and still have a long lifespan.

Depending on the intended application of a baler, there are two main structure types to choose from: vertical and horizontal. Vertical balers are those that are loaded from the top, and vertical refers to the direction in which material travels in the baler. Vertical balers are often single load machines for material that is lighter in density and volume such as cardboard or plastic, and need to be manually unloaded when the compaction process is complete. These are usually used for smaller waste reduction processes in facilities that do not produce large quantities of scrap. Vertical balers are typically more compact than horizontal balers and are available at relatively low-costs. Horizontal balers are designed for continual use and come with automated feed options but can also be hand-fed or mechanically fed. While horizontal balers take up more floor space, they have the advantage of increased load capacity and are able to compact materials such as cans, plastic containers, papers and secondary fibers. Smaller vertical balers may require pre-shredding of materials, but horizontal balers are able to successfully compact most materials from food scraps to old vehicle tires without additional processes. Industries such as automotive or packaging use horizontal balers to make the process of removal and transportation easier. Most industrial balers are powered by electricity and both types of balers use hydraulic systems to move the material, cutting back on energy expenditure and heat generation.

Some Leading Manufacturers

Harris Waste Management Group, Inc.

Cordele, GA | 800-468-5657

We are on the cutting edge of solid waste management. Harris Waste Management Group has been setting the industry standards for more than a century, and we utilize our extraordinary expertise and experience to provide our customers with exceptional balers, shredders, and shears. We are determined to deliver the highest quality, safest, and most cost-effective equipment for your applications. Connect with us today!

SSI Shredding Systems, Inc.

Wilsonville, OR | 503-682-3633

Our goal at SSI Shredding Systems has always been to help our customers with their waste management challenges. We continually seek to enhance our compaction and shredding systems to improve your operating efficiency and reduce your waste and recycling costs. We offer a diverse range of baling and compacting solutions, including our series of pre-load compactors and mobile compactors. Whatever your compacting needs may be, we have a solution for you!

Granutech-Saturn Systems

Grand Prairie, TX | 877-582-7800

Granutech-Saturn Systems provides a diverse range of waste management systems. Our systems provide reliable, quality performance in the solid waste, hazardous waste, and metal processing industries. If you are looking for an easy to use, functional baling system, then look no further. We design and manufacture balers to make waste disposal as simple and as efficient as possible. With a Granutech-Saturn Systems baler, you won’t have to worry about waste management again!

Compactors Unlimited

Mansfield, OH | 866-522-9720

Here at Compactors Unlimited, we supply a complete line of industrial baling and compacting solutions. Our diverse offering of balers and recycling equipment includes horizontal and vertical balers, all kinds of crushers, and compactors. With decades of experience, we are confident that we can provide you with a baler that satisfies all of your recycling requirements! Call us today or visit us online for more information!

BE Equipment, Inc.

Quakertown, PA | 215-536-0700

At BE Equipment, we provide you with innovative, efficient, and reliable recycling and waste handling solutions. We’ve been supplying high quality balers, compactors, shredders, and other recycling equipment for more than 30 years, and we also offer affordable used equipment as well. Vertical balers, horizontal balers, auto tie balers, two ram balers, and many other balers are available. Contact us to see what we can do for you!

Balers usually deal with large volumes of material at one time and therefore have a large input area to accommodate the bulk material. The input area feeds into a compression chamber where the scrap or waste material is pounded and squeezed until it is in a compact shape. Then the waste is bound in order to maintain the compact shape. Wire, plastic or string is used to tightly bind around the compressed material. Some balers can be designed to produce bales in specific sizes although custom capabilities in a baler will cost more than a standard model. Smaller bales are lighter and easier to transport but the process of creating smaller bales will slow down the overall compression application. Customized bales may be worth for a company it in terms of long-term expenditure if a specific size is required for transport or storage purposes. Industries that may benefit from customized sizing are restaurants, retail facilities and warehouses to compact boxes, food scraps and excess packaging waste. For high waste-producing industries including automotive manufacturing, plastics manufacturing and grocery stores or food services, the necessity of compacting and baling is not only for recycling purposes, but also for economical benefits. Reducing the bulk of the waste reduces the money and effort required to dispose of it, leading to the company saving over time. Furthermore, using compactors to reduce the waste cuts down the carbon dioxide emissions required in the process of recycling and further helping the environment.

As recycling becomes more central to industrial and manufacturing processes, baling equipment will play a large role in assisting the process of reducing the carbon footprint of industry. Complete turn-key recycling and composting systems can be designed around a basic baler, allowing business to be environmentally responsible in their waste management. Compacting and baling waste materials reduces the storage size and transportation size of the material allowing companies to spend less in its disposal, as well as having a beneficial environmental impact. Furthermore, baled materials can be reused in the production of new objects. For example, scrap metal can be transported more efficiently to a factory where it can be recycled into new sheet metal and reused. In other instances, a baled material can be used in a different industry such as the use of fibers created from newsprint to be used in the production of shoe soles.

A note on the differences between “balers” and “compactors”:

Balers and compactors are often sold by equipment manufacturers as identical or similar products. Compactors and balers do very similar work, but their functions in industrial manufacturing and commercial retail are slightly different. Balers are used in trash compacting, recycling and agriculture, their primary function in industrial manufacturing being to compact and bind, or “bale” recyclable materials into bales which are more space efficient and less costly to transport. Compactors are also used at times to compact recyclable materials, but they are primarily used to compact waste. A baler’s purpose is concentrated in compacting and binding materials, often with twine – as in hay bales or cardboard bales – while a compactor’s function is primarily to reduce waste management cost by compacting non-recyclable materials for disposal. Materials compacted and bound by balers are more often destined for recycling plants, while materials processed by compactors are usually transported to landfills. Industrial manufacturers and retail owners use both for space and transportation efficiency.


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