Industrial balers can be sourced online through supplier websites who buy and sell used industrial equipment, or through baler companies or refurbishment companies.
Balers are durable and reliable machines and if refurbished correctly and in good working condition, a used industrial baler can work for many more years. It is important to thoroughly test used equipment before purchasing to ensure that it works correctly. Balers, or compactors, are used to compress, compact and bind many different types of materials in high or low volumes according to design and need and there are many factors to consider when choosing a baler. It is important to consider what type of material needs to be baled and in what volumes.
Most balers are electrically powered and can come with a hydraulic system which helps to minimize heat production and energy loss, and to provide the pressure required to crush material. There are two main styles of baler according to direction of material flow – horizontal and vertical. Horizontal balers are used with heavier, denser materials, and while they take up more floor space, are able to run on a continuous process with a greater load capacity.
Vertical balers are used for lighter, less dense materials that are fed into the baler from the top. Vertical balers require manual unloading which means the overall output is lower, but vertical balers do produce less waste than horizontal balers which further supports a primary purpose of bailing.
Sourcing and purchasing a used baler would save a manufacturer initially in terms of cost, but would also continue to make industrial processes more budget friendly. For high waste-producing industries including automotive manufacturing, plastics manufacturing and grocery stores or food services, the necessity for compacting and baling is both environmental and economical.
Proper disposal and recycling of materials can be a costly endeavor for a company. Baling, or industrial compacting, is one way in which to reduce the bulk volume of material and thus reduce the costs required to transport it or dispose of it. Furthermore, a reduction in waste volume cuts down the carbon emissions required in the process of recycling.
In some cases, complete systems can be designed around an industrial baler for recycling and composting purposes, allowing businesses to be more environmentally responsible. Baling equipment, used and new, continues to play a large role in assisting industries in reducing their carbon footprint.