Owning a cardboard baler allows you to compress all of your cardboard waste into small compact bales, thereby reducing the volume of the material and creating more space. Basically, if you’re starting to notice that the amount of cardboard waste being produced in contributing to an overcrowded on unsafe working environment, it is time to buy.
These cardboard balers can be very cost efficient and there are a few different types available according to your needs. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you head out to buy.
1. Will you only be baling cardboard?
Balers come equipped with different functions depending on what they will be used for. The first thing you should figure out before you start shopping around is exactly what kinds of commodity you will be need your baler to be able to work with. Be sure to think ahead towards the future also, ideally you want to end up a machine that will be able to address your current needs but will also be able to accommodate the changing requirements of a growing operation.
2. Are you baling in order to recycle?
Buying a baler can be a very wise financial decision not only because it gets expensive to pay waste haulers, but also because you can turn recycled bale into a potential revenue stream. That being said, it is important you do some research in advance to understand whether or not there is a recycle and a market that supports this kind of operation in your area.
3. At what volume and size will you be baling?
Work out a rough estimate of the volume of material you’ll be dealing with on a week to week basis. This will allow you to determine the size and power of the piece of equipment you will need. Especially if you’re planning to recycle it, it is also important to you look into specifications regarding the size of bale that is accepted.
4. How much space do you have?
Keep in mind that different types of balers can vary significantly in size. They have different sized cylinders and designs, therefore knowing your height and operational footprint constraints is crucial before you can make a purchase.
5. What sort of voltage do you have access to?
Another concern that can be easy to overlook if you have never purchased a baler before, is making sure your facility actually has access to enough power to run it. Be sure to inquire about which voltage your business can support, and which voltage your new baler comes with.
6. How much money do you have to spend?
Of course, the money question is an important one, but you shouldn’t let it dictate your entire search right from the beginning. Talk to the professionals and determine which baler is best suited to your needs and then go about discussing how you’ll pay for it or if there are added features which you may or may not need. Keep in mind that you will also be able to find baler rental programs, if purchasing one doesn’t seem like a wise business decision at the moment.
7. What are your expectations in terms of post-sale service?
When we get caught up in the excitement of a purchase, it can be easy to forget to ask questions about warranty and post-sale service. Keep in mind that when it comes to structural warranties, you should be looking for a minimum of three years as an industry standard. Preventive maintenance plans and 24-hour available customer service should also be a consideration when choosing a baler and manufacturer.