Vertical Versus Horizontal Baler Machines

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Vertical Versus Horizontal Baler Machines

Compress cardboard & plastic waste into consistent mill-sized bales
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 | Authors: Pim Brouwer & Brent Nijssen

There are two main types of cardboard balers, a vertical baling press, and a horizontal baling press. What is the difference between these two baling machines?

Overall, a downstroke baler is intended for companies that want to have an easy-to-use heavy-duty baling solution. In contrast, a horizontal baler is designed for industrial use and compressing larger amounts of cardboard waste and is mostly used by recycling companies themselves or organizations with large quantities of waste streams.

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Horizontal versus vertical baler:

A horizontal baler has unique features and proves more cost-efficient than a vertical baler when a company produces more than 20 tons of recyclable a/month. The benefits consist of:

  • Horizontal balers machines can handle higher volumes than vertical balers because of their fast cycle times.
  • Horizontal balers can produce mill-sized bales (60 x 30 x 42 inches) accepted by recycling facility companies, such as paper mills and plastic recycling facilities.
  • Each bale gets produced consistently, e.q. Same size, same density, and same weight. The size, density, and weight of the bales can be adjusted by altering the machine’s settings.
  • Auto-tie balers don’t need a dedicated machine operator who ties each bale.
  • Horizontal balers are customizable to fit every site and can be operated with different machinery such as conveyor belts, hopper entry, shredder systems, air systems, dust extractors, shear blades.
  • Overall the handling time and effort is decreased, which lowers labor cost at your facility.

Vertical versus horizontal cardboard baler

Vertical cardboard baler:

  • For baling small to medium volumes of cardboard waste
  • Ideal for businesses with limited floorspace
  • Easy to operate by one person
  • The cardboard is compressed vertically
  • Relatively small footprint
  • Produces one bale at a time
  • Compressed cardboard needs to be wired manually by the operator

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Horizontal cardboard baler:

  • For baling high volumes of cardboard waste
  • Ideal for heavy-duty industrial use
  • Higher investment in comparison to a vertical baler
  • More complicated to operate and maintain
  • The cardboard is compressed horizontally
  • Requires more floor space, especially open-end balers
  • Produces multiple cardboard bales and (automatically) wires the bales during the baling process

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Pros and cons of a recycling baler


Separating and baling your recyclables with a vertical or horizontal baler provides the following cost-saving and environmental benefits.

A vertical baler is meant for producing around 5-10 bales per day.

Main benefits:

  • It optimizes transport by reducing the volume of your recyclable waste streams by an average of 80%, resulting in less “air transport,” thus reducing transport cost and emission.
  • Your waste becomes a higher valued raw material because of its density and will prove an extra source of income for your business.
  • It improves the recycling rates of your business, which diminishes the environmental footprint of your company.

A recycling baler increases density and decreases volume of your waste.

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Disadvantages of a horizontal baler

  • Horizontal balers require more floor space than vertical balers, making them less interesting for companies with limited floor space or high rent per square foot.
  • Horizontal balers have a higher up-front investment cost than vertical balers. But this high cost can be alleviated by leasing or renting the machine from a producer, and the investment will be worthwhile by efficiency gains.
  • Operating a horizontal baler machine requires more training of personnel. We advise making one employee an initial super-user who can diffuse their knowledge to the rest of the warehouse team.
  • Horizontal baler machines are complex and will eventually have wear and tear, requiring specific maintenance. We advise getting a maintenance contract with the brand supplying the machine.

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