Although there are a wide variety of balers, almost all of them fall into one of two main categories:  vertical or horizontal – each with its own advantages. Mardon provide an extensive range of balers, but which is best for your business? Here’s what we think you need to know before making your choice.

Vertical balers compress waste materials using a vertical downward force.  Waste such as cardboard, plastics, or foam are distributed into a chamber that, once filled, is closed and rammed downwards to crush and compact the waste. The process is repeated until the chamber is full of condensed materials, wire is dispensed and tied to create a bale, and the bale is ejected from the machine. Quick and easy!

Size: vertical balers are much smaller than horizontal balers so less ‘staging’ space is required. This allows a vertical baler to be used anywhere a horizontal baler can, but also in places where a large horizontal baler might be impractical, such as hospitality and entertainment venues, supermarkets and retail shops, and restaurants. Some of the larger vertical balers, such as the 60” and 72” categories, do require extra ceiling height, but many can operate under an 8 foot ceiling.

Diversity:  there is a vertical baler to process almost every sort of recyclable waste – from paper to non-ferrous metals.  If your business produces enough waste, of any type, to consider a baler give us a call for some expert advice.

Cost: due to their size and running costs, vertical balers tend to be a little cheaper than their horizontal sisters.

Horizontal balers process waste differently to vertical balers. Recyclable materials are distributed into a hopper, when the hopper is full a ram from the side compresses the material, until the bale is complete. The bale is tied with wire and ejected from baler.

Horizontal balers have a few advantages of their own …

Volume: by and large, horizontal balers can process a higher volume of bales, and often larger in size, than vertical balers.

Consistency: horizontal balers produce bales that are consistent in size and weight, making them easier to store.

Convenience: horizontal balers can be used with in-ground or above-ground conveyor belts, shredders, and air systems, and often require less manpower to operate.

Ask yourself… which baler best suits my business?

How many bales will we produce on a daily basis? This is an important factor. Vertical balers are usually the best option for businesses producing eight to 10 bales a day. Horizontal balers should be considered for operations creating a higher volume.

How much space do I have?  Consider the height of your premises’ ceilings, and the amount of floor space available, not only for storing and operating the machine, but also in the event that the baler requires servicing.

What’s the budget?  Cost is always a consideration with any business purchase.

Remember, Mardon sell, lease and hire new and reconditioned balers of all types so don’t let cost get in the way of using the best for your business. Give the Sales Team at Mardon a call on 01769 572191 to discuss the options!

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