Balers are used to push materials together and compact them so that they can be formed into bales, or block-like shapes, that are easy to stack and transport. In recycling facilities, recovered materials are put into a baling machine after being sorted. This way, entire bales of plastic or metal can be shipped to manufacturers to be melted down and reused for brand new products.

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South Holland, IL  |  800-875-1038

Since 1962, Maren has lead the industry building powerful and reliable manual tie, automatic tie and two ram balers, shredders and conveyors. That’s why many of the most successful paper & box plants, distribution centers, post consumer recyclers and printers rely on Maren Balers to bolster their bottom line. Maren’s reputation for great customer service and equipment up-time has carried from generation to generation of operators, service technicians and equipment buyers worldwide.

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Jacksonville, FL  |  800-231-9286

If you are currently paying for the disposal of cardboard, paper, plastic or non-ferrous metals; than consider International Baler Corporation & our range of balers and related equipment. We carry a large variety of models. We can even customize a piece of baling equipment to fit a client’s specific needs. You will be surprised at the variety of options that fit your budget.

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Souderton, PA  |  800-572-9998

Advanced Equipment Sales is your source for innovative, economical and sustainable recycling equipment and systems for waste paper, plastics, metals, glass, films and dusts, and most any other material that can be recycled. From concept to design, through equipment selection, installation and commissioning, and service after the sale, AES is your one stop resource for integrated recycling solutions. We have over 3 decades of experience across multiple industries and disciplines, and hundreds of successful installations throughout North America.

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Rockford, MN  |  800-328-3398

Ver-tech is an industrial baler and baling system supplier since 1970. As recycling specialists we offer vertical balers, metal balers, cardboard balers, baling presses, scrap metal balers, horizontal balers, automatic balers & trash recycling compactors. We also provide parts and supplies. Check out our website for more information or call us for used balers and reconditioned equipment.

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Norwalk, CT  |  203-967-1100

Van Dyk Recycling Solutions is the exclusive North American distributor of Bollegraaf Recycling Machinery. Van Dyk Recycling Solutions is the sales and service organization for all of Bollegraaf's products consisting of balers, sorting systems, shredders, conveyors, screens, packing presses, roll cutters and more.

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Wilsonville, OR  |  503-682-3633

SSI Shredding Systems provides a wide range of waste management products, including industrial shredders, industrial balers, industrial reducers and industrial compactors. Our products are utilized in a variety of industries, serving a wide range of applications.

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Some baling machines even come with the added feature of moisture extraction to remove residue that may be leftover. Cardboard, plastics and even metals may have been used as containers for liquids that leave traces on the material when it is going through the recycling center. Moisture extraction ensures that the bales are dry when they leave the facility.To begin creating a bale, a high volume of material is loaded into the input area of the machine. From this area, the material is led into a compression chamber where it is crushed and formed into a cube. Most balers are powered by electricity, but they use hydraulic power to compact and push material because this allows for a strong and consistent compressive force. After compaction, wire or strong plastic ties are then bound around the bale to hold it together while it is moved. Some balers can even be adjusted to create custom-sized bales. Since the bales are so heavy, a forklift is used to lift them and stack them or drive them directly onto a truck for shipping.For manufacturers in industries that use recycled materials to create new products, compact bales are very convenient. They can be stored for processing at a later time, and easily moved around a factory using a forklift. Most factories are at maximum efficiency during high production, so it is optimal to have large amounts of material that can be melted all at once.There are several types of balers, including:

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Vertical Balers

A vertical baler is a baling machine which utilizes a vertically oriented ram to compact recycled materials. Materials can be loaded in a variety of different ways, but most vertical balers are loaded through a large compartment on the front of the machine, which is then closed during operation. Since they are vertically oriented, they usually take up far less floor space than other baling options. They are usually less expensive as well. Vertical balers are most commonly associated with cardboard baling, but they are capable of baling many different types of recycled materials and can be customized to fit specific requirements.

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Horizontal Balers

Horizontal balers are balers equipped with a horizontally acting compression ram. This kind of baler is usually much larger than a vertical baler but has the added benefit of handling larger quantities of materials at one time and can even operate continuously. Horizontal balers can be fed manually or can be equipped with automated systems like conveyors and feeders to continuously feed materials into the compression chamber. Applications which handle high volume recyclables usually take advantage of horizontal balers as they provide greater material handling efficiency. These balers can also be designed to handle practically any recycled material, from paper to metals.

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Two Ram Balers

A two ram baler is a style of horizontal baler which uses two horizontally oriented rams instead of just one. These balers are typically fitted with larger hoppers and feeding mechanisms, so that they can more quickly feed material into the compression chamber. With two rams, the baler can effectively compress bulkier materials and larger quantities of materials. In some cases, a two ram baler can eliminate the need for shredding, pulverizing, and other conditioning processes. In general, two ram balers allow recyclers to process more material, faster. However, since they are using two rams, they do require more room and more power.

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