Baling machines are devices that have been designed to compress materials into a bale for storage, transport or handling. A bale is simply a bundle that is tightly wrapped and bound with hoops or cords. Baling machines come in several forms, each producing a different type of bale, either cylindrical or rectangular, of various sizes, bound by twine, strapping, netting or wire.
Some baling machines are stationary, while others can be towed behind a towing vehicle, like a tow truck or a tractor. The design of a baling machine can vary greatly depending on its intended application. Hay baling machines, for instance, feature tines to move the hay and hydraulic arms to compress it, but other machines may not have tines at all. Baling machines are frequently utilized in industrial recycling applications, but they can also be used for agricultural purposes. Baling machines come in many different configurations and are very versatile machines, being able to assist in the recycling of paper, plastic, metal, and many other materials.
While there may be many different types of baling machines, each baling machine is designed with particular purpose in mind, making it much easier to find the right baler for a given application. Industrial baling machines are separated into two main groups: horizontal baling machines and vertical baling machines. Horizontal baling machines are typically larger than vertical balers, and often utilize conveyors or hoppers to feed material into the machine. As the material is fed into the machine, it is compressed using horizontal forces, formed into a large brick shape, and passed out through the opposite side of the machine. On the other hand, vertical balers are typically loaded from the front and utilize a downward force to compress the waste material. While both baling machines can process the same kinds of materials, horizontal balers often perform better in heavy duty, high volume recycling applications, while vertical balers are very convenient for and perform well with other recycling applications, like with paper, cardboard, and other packaging products. In terms of operating space, vertical balers require far less floor space than horizontal balers, so they are an excellent option for customers with limited work space. Vertical balers, in general, are also less expensive than horizontal balers, but are usually more limited in capabilities. Both types of baling machines offer their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, and many of the disadvantages can be alleviated through careful consideration and customization. Whatever a customer’s intended purpose, is it certain that a baling machine may be customized to fit his or her needs.