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What is a Baler?


A Baler is a machine that is used to bind and compress large volumes of material into round or rectangular shapes. The compressed material is referred to as a bale. The material is generally compressed to create storage space or to make transportation easier.Balers are normally used on farms and in various manufacturing industries. A farm baler is very versatile in that it can produce bales in different shapes and sizes. Small farms are less mechanized and produce small rectangular bales, while large farms generally have more mechanized operations and therefore produce large round-shaped bales. These bales can be quite heavy, weighing close to a ton in most instances. As such, heavy duty equipment is required to transport these bales.

What is a Compactor?


A Compactor is a machine that uses high pressure to compress waste or recycled material into containers, there by reducing the volume of the material. The common compaction ratio from loose to compact material is 4:1. The most common types of compactors are the trash compactor, recycling compactor, tire compactor, and vibratory soil compactor.The home trash compactor is used in most residences. This is normally found under cabinets or counter tops in the kitchen. The garbage generated in the home is loaded into a bin. Once the bin is completely full, the garbage is pressed down by the compactor to provide space for more garbage. The bin is only emptied once no more garbage can be compacted.A commercial compactor, on the other hand, is used when refuse has to be compacted on a larger scale. It is mostly found in the service industry, for example in hotels and restaurants. The type of trash generated will determine the type of commercial compactor that is required.

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Location of a Baler or Compactor

There needs to be ample space in the location where the baler or compactor is to be placed so that it can fit properly. Accessories such as chutes and conveyors that are used with the baler or compactor should be taken into consideration when identifying the location. Since balers and compactors need constant maintenance, there should also be enough space around them to make the process easy. In addition, the possibility of expanding the baler or compactor in the future should be taken into consideration.

The material that is used to build the storage room for the baler or compactor is very important. Balers and compactors are very heavy and have to be bolted to the floor, meaning that the flooring in the room has to be very strong. Thick concrete floors are the widely accepted standard.

The baler or compactor needs to be in a location that allows easy access for the delivery of the material being processed. Labor and other costs can be greatly minimized when there is a reasonable distance between the area housing the baler or compactor and the docking points.