The difference between the words ‘baler’ and ‘bailer’ may be one letter – easy enough to confuse – however, the words themselves represent vastly different pieces of equipment in the realm of machinery.
The word ‘baler’ is used in reference to waste reduction through the compression of waste materials into smaller, compact briquettes for the purpose of recycling. Waste materials often consist of cardboard, metal cans or canisters, plastics or plastic bottles, textiles, straw, etc. This compressed form is known as a ‘bale’, often in a cubic shape, which is then transported to areas of application in the recycling process. Balers are generally used in the recycling or agricultural industries
Bailers are a different machine altogether. These are lightweight machines used to monitor ground water and retrieve samples to assess the quality. This is done by use of a tube with a valve to extract water, functioning on the principle of hydrostatic pressure to bring the water from deep within the ground to the surface.
As a baler reduces waste – and as a result, many forms of pollution – a bailer’s goal is to reduce water pollution through monitoring.