How much does a cardboard baler cost?

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How much does a cardboard baler cost?

Short ROI on a low cost investment.
Updated on Jul. 13, 2021 | Author: Brent Nijssen

A cardboard baler is an investment in your company with a lot of cost-saving and environmental benefits. The initial average investment of a new vertical cardboard baler machine is between $5,000 – $20,000. Depending on the organizations’ needs and specifications, costs can differ. 

But the cost involved with a cardboard baler should also include operating costs, which differ significantly per baler and the use intensity within your warehouse.

To create a comprehensive answer to the actual cost of a cardboard baler, we split the answer into two sections.

Machine prices of new and used balers compared per size.

  1. Small vertical baler prices
  2. Medium vertical baler prices
  3. Large vertical baler prices
  4. Horizontal baler with auto-tie function prices
  5. Industrial baler with auto-tie function prices

Operating and maintenance cost associated with a cardboard baler

  1. Cardboard bale strapping material
  2. Maintenance of the baler
  3. Energy usage
  4. Labour cost of usage


Cardboard baler machine prices

Small, medium, large and industrial balers

A cardboard baling machine is mainly used to compress and crush your cardboard boxes and packaging material into high-value secondary material for the recycling of cardboard.

That’s why you should be well informed about which cardboard baler is suitable for your organization. This depends mostly on the output of cardboard and the size and weight cardboard bales you want to produce.

leaf-light For a complete cardboard baler checklist check our: Buying checklist for cardboard balers.

When you choose the right sized baler, the main question becomes whether you should buy a new or a used one. Used ones, in general, are significantly cheaper but will require more maintenance early on, incurring higher annual costs. Next to that, malfunction of a used baler could occur more, hindering the internal logistical processes in your warehouse.


Prices for vertical balers

light-duty-vertical-cardboard-baler#1) Small-sized cardboard baler cost

A small or mini vertical cardboard baler for light-duty usage will cost approximately the following:

  • Cost new baler: $ 5,000
  • Cost used baler: from $ 1,000

Check small cardboard balers


medium-duty-vertical-cardboard-baler#2) Medium-sized cardboard baler cost

A medium-sized vertical cardboard baler for medium-duty usage will cost approximately the following:

  • Cost new baler: $ 10.000
  • Cost used baler: from $ 3,500

Check medium cardboard balers


heavy-duty-vertical-cardboard-baler#3) Large-sized cardboard baler cost

A large-sized vertical cardboard baler for heavy-duty usage will cost approximately the following:

  • Cost new baler: $ 12,000
  • Cost used baler: from $ 5,000

Check large cardboard balers


Prices for horizontal balers

large-horizontal-cardboard-baler#1) Large-sized cardboard baler with auto-tie function cost

A horizontal cardboard baler will cost approximately the following:

  • Cost new baler: $ 80,000 – $ 200,000
  • Cost used baler: from $ 20,000

Price indication source: Recyclingequipment.com


industrial-horizontal-cardboard-baler#2) Industrial cardboard baler with auto-tie function cost

An industrial-sized cardboard press approximately the following:

  • Cost new baler: $ 180,000 – $ 1.5 million
  • Cost used industrial baler: from $ 50,000

Price indication source: RecyclingToday & Recycling.nl


Renting or leasing a cardboard baler

Another option baler manufacturers offer is the ability to rent or lease a cardboard baler machine. Renting or leasing a cardboard baler spreads out the substantial investment involved with cardboard balers. The rent or lease contracts get agreed upon on a per month basis for a fixed price.

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Operating and maintenance costs

Maintenance, strapping material, energy usage and labour cost

#1) Maintenance

Cardboard balers need annual maintenance to work correctly and reduce the number of malfunctions. That’s why manufacturers offer maintenance contracts when selling their machines.

This service contract for cardboard baler machines also ensures that your baler gets repaired when it malfunctions during production. The cost depends on the baler size and age and differs per manufacturer.

#2) Strapping material

Baling strapping gets used to make the bales. The strappings, therefore, need to handle a high force of outward pressure produced by the baling machine.

For most vertical baling presses, the use of polyester baling tape is sufficient. In contrast, the horizontal baling presses and the biggest vertical balers need iron or black annealed baling wire to keep the bales together.

The prices of these strapping materials for baler machines fluctuate according to the market prices of their respective raw material.

Material prices between the years 2016 – 2021 ranged between:

  • Polyester baling tape: $ 0.02 – $ 0.04 per meter
  • Iron baling wire $ 0.06 – $ 0.11 per meter
  • Black annealed baling wire (3.4 mm): $ 0.06 – $ 0.11 per meter

#3) Manpower and energy

Lastly, cardboard balers require people and energy to operate. This adds up to the operating costs, the total costs really depend on the usage within your organization.


leaf-lightWhat are the benefits of cardboard baling and recycling?

Check the article we wrote about the benefits and cost-savings of baling your cardboard.

Do you want to know more about cardboard balers in general?

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