What is a baler and should I get one?
Every business today needs a paper shredder. For those with high volumes of shredding, industrial size machines are the way to go. They can handle huge amounts of paper and other materials in a short period of time. But where does all that paper waste go? Shred bags can quickly fill and and need to be stored before they’re picked up. If you have this much detritus, you should really consider a baler to add on to your industrial shredder. Here’s why:
- Balers take shredded waste and create compact bundles ready for recycling. Use of a baler in conjunction with a shredder can reduce your scrap volume by as much as 70 percent. The storage bundles created will easily stack up as they await pick up. They take up less space than the same amount of waste in shred bags because of the powerful compression.
- They are easy to use. Large equipment can be daunting to operate. But most balers have an easy to read panel with clearly marked controls. Both audible and visual alerts let you know when a bale is finished. And bales are often ejected with a simple push of a button; some machine even offer a removable bale cart to aid you in transporting the bale to storage.
- Balers work by using hydraulics to highly compress materials. The compaction mechanism works quickly, taking as little as nine seconds to fully press down the scrap. Five to ten bales is an average hourly quotient for balers and each requires multiple presses to complete. The hydraulics are designed to be wear-free for low or no maintenance.
- The bales themselves can be held together by either straps or a bag, depending on your preference. Most have a locking flap that allows the quick addition of cardboard or other non-shredded materials.
- The mechanics are built to run fairly quiet for such a large machine. They usually have an energy saving mode that allows them to “sleep” when not in use.
- Balers must be used in conjunction with a shredder. Generally this is an industrial size shredder designed to be compatible with only a few balers. At the same time, balers are often designed to work with only a few specific shredders. The connections between the two connect in such a way to provide dust-free operation, cutting down on erosion and wear from particles. Most of the time both devices can work simultaneously, so you don’t have to stop shredding to run the baler or vice versa. This allows both machines to process massive amounts of materials as efficiently as possible.
- There are a few downsides to using a baler. First, they are very large and come with a hefty price tag. They also only work with specific shredders, so unless you already have a model that works with the baler you want, you’ll have to buy two machines. And finally, they are extremely heavy machines. Casters offer some mobility but you’ll still want to be careful when moving it around.