How much force does a cardboard baler use?

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How much force does a cardboard baler use?

Cardboard baling machines are powerful machines for compacting waste materials to reduce the volume. How much pressure does a cardboard baler use to compress and bale the material? It all depends on the type of cardboard baler or compactor. We’ve made an overview of the average pressure force cardboard baler machines produce.

In our overview, we compare the force of vertical downstroke balers, compactors and horizontal cardboard balers. The pressure force is presented in tonnes (t) and pounds (lbs).

How strong is a cardboard baler?

On average a vertical baler has 8,000 – 12,000 lbs force. A compactor 25,000 – 60,000 lbs force. And a horizontal baler 50,000 – 350,000 lbs.



Pressure force: Power of a cardboard baler and compactor

  Tonnes (t) Pounds (lbs)
Small vertical baler
4 – 12.5 t 8,000 – 25,000 lbs
Medium vertical baler
15 – 33 t 30,000 – 66,000 lbs
Large vertical baler
40 – 60 t 80,000 – 120,000 lbs
12.5 – 30 t 25,000 – 60,000 lbs
Horizontal baler
25 – 175 t 50,000 – 350,000 lbs

What does the pressing force mean?

The pressing force is used to move the ram (or platen / plunger) vertically or horizontally to compress the waste materials inside the compressing chamber or container. The ram exerts pressure on the material which results in compressing or compacting the material. This could reduce the volume of cardboard waste up to 10 times.


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