Vertical vs. Horizontal Balers: What’s the Difference?

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With increasingly tougher waste disposal regulations being enforced every year, balers have surged in popularity. These machines simplify waste management as they can compact waste into small blocks that are significantly easier to store and/or transport.

However, not all balers are created equal, hence the range of options available today. Judging by market trends, the two most popular types of balers are vertical and horizontal balers – both with ardent supporters claiming their preferred choice of balers is the superior option.

To put an end to this heated debate, we’ve evaluated the performance of both options over 4 important performance metrics. Join us as we discover, once and for all, which is better; vertical or horizontal baler!

1.     Floor Space Requirements:

It’s no secret that floor space is one of the most precious commodities available to any organization. As no company has the luxury of infinite space, firms are very careful when buying and arranging machinery so as to ensure that the floor space is utilized optimally.

So, with footprint being a driving factor in the decision process of many a company, buying a vertical baler makes much more sense as they tend to be smaller than their horizontal counterpart.

2.     Economics:

At the end of the day, every business is about maximizing profit and revenue and minimizing loss. As such, the price tag also plays an important role when deciding which baler to buy of the two.

As far as the cost of procurement and the cost of operation are concerned, vertical balers are the better option. Generally speaking, a vertical baler costs a fraction (in some cases one-fifth, in others one-tenth) of the price of an average horizontal baler.

3.     The Volume of Waste/Scrap Material Processed:

If you’re only concerned about the functionality of your baler, then the volume of the waste they can process is one of the most important parameters to consider. This parameter essentially dictates whether or not the baler will be able to keep up with the waste generated by your plant on a daily basis.

So, if your factory produces a lot of waste and/or scrap material and you need to process it quicker, you should invest in a horizontal baler. These machines are much more efficient than vertical balers and are the ideal option for companies that generate a lot of waste and/or scrap material.

4.     Ease of Use/Convenience:

If you’re only installing a baler to simplify waste management for yourself and your employees then a horizontal baler is the ideal option for you to consider. We say that because these balers can be configured with conveyor belts that can automate your entire waste disposal system.

This ease of use further simplifies proceedings as these massive machines can be operated by a smaller team which further reduces the cost of operation.

The Final Verdict:

It’s clear to see from the arguments presented above that this issue is much more complicated than we previously believed. As such, we believe that people should always make their decision based on their application. Confused? Allow us to elaborate.

If you have restricted office space and your firm is still in its infancy, then you should opt for a vertical baler. However, if your factory produces a lot of waste and floor space isn’t a problem, then, by all means, go for a horizontal baler!

We hope that clears up the confusion on the topic and that you can now make a more well-informed decision when procuring a baler. If you’re in the market for cost-effective waste handling systems, then get in touch with Crigler Enterprises.

The company has been providing baler repair and maintenance services for more than 40 years and knows everything there is to know about horizontal and vertical balers. Contact Crigler Enterprises today to ensure that your firm buys the best baler possible!

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