Compact horizontal baling press

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Compact horizontal baling press

Small footprint baling press for retailers
Updated on March, 2024 | Authors: Pim Brouwer & Brent Nijssen


Is your company in need of a space-saving solution to compact large volumes of cardboard waste into dense bales? If so, a compact horizontal baling press might be the ideal choice for your company. This recycling machine bridges the gap between the labor-intensive vertical cardboard baler and the larger-sized traditional horizontal baler, offering the benefits of both worlds combined.

Compact Horizontal Balers

A compact horizontal baling press is the ideal solution for compacting cardboard waste into bales when space is limited but waste volumes are high. These balers are perfect for retail, supermarkets, and manufacturing industries. On this page, you’ll find a quick overview of space-saving horizontal balers and compactors.

HSM HL 7009

Horizontal compactor



The HSM HL 7009 is a compact horizontal baler renowned for its efficiency. Its horizontal working plate press makes it ideal for managing large disposal tasks in retail environments as well as small to medium central storages. Thanks to its integrated hydraulic lifting/tilting device, the need for multiple personnel to compact recycling material is significantly reduced. Additionally, its compact and sturdy design minimizes space requirements, while the hydraulic sliding door for bale removal ensures optimal operating convenience and safety.

  • Type: Closed-end compactor
  • Driving power: 14.35 HP
  • Pressing power: 71 t / 142,000 lb
  • Voltage: 208 V / 60 Hz
  • Cycle time: 47 s
  • Bale dimensions: 43.31″ x 43.31″ x 47.24″ (w*h*l)
  • Bale weight: 1323 lb
  • Machine dimensions: 234.33″ x 81.34″ x 98.43″ (w*h*l)
  • Machine weight: 16305.37 lb
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HSM VK 2306

Horizontal channel baler



The HSM VK 2306 channel baling press is designed for industrial applications handling small material loads. With a throughput of up to approximately 4,277 ft³/h, it efficiently compresses paper, cardboard, plastic film, and PET bottles. Additionally, it offers the option of manual strapping. Its compact and sturdy design ensures very low space requirements, making it an ideal choice for businesses seeking efficient waste management solutions without sacrificing space.

  • Type: Open-end channel baler
  • Driving power: 20.12 HP
  • Pressing power: 24 t / 48,000 lbs
  • Voltage: 480 V / 60 Hz
  • Cycle time: 6,7 s
  • Bale dimensions: 29.53″ x 19.69″ x 23.62 – 47.24″ (w*h*l)
  • Bale weight: 551 lb
  • Machine dimensions: 208.46″ x 106.3″ x 61.61″ (w*h*l)
  • Machine weight: 7716.17 lb
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What is a compact horizontal baling press?

A compact horizontal baler serves as both an open-end or closed-end baler, designed to compress waste materials into dense bales. Typically utilized for compacting cardboard waste, an open-end baler is alternatively referred to as a horizontal channel baler, while a closed-end baler is commonly known as a waste compactor.

Difference between cardboard balers

When it comes to compressing voluminous cardboard waste into tight bales, there are several machines to consider. For low to medium volumes of cardboard waste, a vertical cardboard baler is a popular choice. However, for medium to high volumes of cardboard waste, a horizontal baler proves to be more efficient and effective.

The table below shows an average of the pressing force and bale weight per baler type:

Baler type Press force Bale weight
Light-duty vertical baler 10,000 – 24,000 lbs 50 – 200 lbs
Medium-duty vertical baler 30,000 – 50,000 lbs 250 – 500 lbs
Heavy-duty vertical baler 100,000 – 120,000 lbs 750 – 1250 lbs
Compact horizontal baler 50,000 – 100,000 lbs 1,000 – 1,500 lbs
Large horizontal baler 100,000 – 200,000 lbs 1,500 – 2,500 lbs

The values shown are an average based on a comparison between different manufacturers.

When do you want a vertical baler?

A vertical baling machine is ideal when you are looking for:

the most space-efficient solution.

the most cost-friendly baling machine.

a machine that produces a few bales per week.

When do you want a horizontal baler?

A horizontal baling machine is ideal when you are looking for:

the most time-efficient baler.

a machine that can handle high volumes of cardboard waste continuously.

compressing cardboard waste into mill-sized bales for the recycling industry.

For who is a compact horizontal baler for?

Compact horizontal balers and compactors represent ideal solutions for supermarkets, retailers, manufacturing industries, and distribution centers. These recycling machines boast a smaller footprint compared to regular horizontal balers, making them particularly suitable for businesses with limited space. Moreover, they offer faster operation than vertical balers, making them an excellent choice for companies seeking enhanced efficiency in waste management processes.

A compact horizontal baler is also known as a retail baler or grocery baler.

While a vertical baler serves as a space-saving solution for baling small to medium quantities of cardboard waste into bales, its drawback lies in the potential for labor-intensive operations when dealing with large amounts of waste material. Additionally, the slower speed and smaller capacity of a vertical baler may not align with the demands of your business, potentially hindering cost-effectiveness. Therefore, it’s essential to consider whether a vertical press offers sufficient capacity to operate efficiently in your business context.

HSM HL 7009 compactor, ideal for supermarkets

Advancing from a vertical press to a horizontal baling press represents a significant step, with regular horizontal balers presenting several considerations. These machines tend to be more expensive, demand substantial space, and are notably heavy-duty compared to their vertical counterparts. Essentially, transitioning to a horizontal baler may prove to be too sizable a leap for your business. Horizontal balers are characterized by industrial-grade specifications, potentially exceeding the requirements of your operations. Therefore, it’s crucial to evaluate whether the leap to a horizontal baler aligns with your business’s specific needs and capabilities.

A compact horizontal baler is perfect for large needs, but for limited floor space.

The ideal “in-between” solution is a compact horizontal “retail” baler, which seamlessly merges the benefits of both vertical and horizontal presses. This compact baling press optimizes floor space, demands a lower investment compared to larger horizontal presses, provides greater capacity than vertical presses, and significantly enhances time efficiency. Moreover, it produces mill-size bales, perfectly suited for the recycling industry.

HSM HL 7009 horizontal baling press

Why is a horizontal baler faster than a vertical baler?

The main reasons why a horizontal baling press is much more time-efficient than a vertical baler are:

  • Large and Wide Infeed: The horizontal baler features a spacious and broad infeed, facilitating the swift disposal of substantial quantities of cardboard waste into the baler. Various tools such as bin lifters, chutes, conveyors, or even forklifts with self-dumping hoppers can be employed for this purpose.
  • Faster Baling Process: Compared to vertical balers, horizontal balers offer a quicker baling process. Loading the baler and compressing the cardboard into bales is expedited, resulting in reduced processing time.
  • Continuous Operation: Horizontal balers are engineered for continuous operation, capable of functioning seamlessly throughout the day. Particularly, open-end extrusion balers excel in sustaining uninterrupted operation.
  • Consistent Bales: Horizontal baler machines produce bales characterized by consistent density and weight. This uniformity ensures ease of storage and enhances their marketability to the recycling industry.

Compact horizontal baler or compactor?

The main difference between a channel baler and a compactor lies in their operational mechanisms and the type of bales they produce.

A channel baler, also known as an open baler, continuously compacts cardboard waste, producing bales one after the other in an automated manner. The auto-tie function varies depending on the type of open-end baler, with most compact channel balers being semi-automatic. In a semi-automatic setup, the operator typically ties the bales manually.

On the other hand, a compactor functions as a closed-end baler, featuring a fully enclosed horizontal design. This machine produces one bale at a time, requiring the removal of the bale before a new one can be produced. Similarly to the open-end baler, it’s common for the operator to manually tie the bales.

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