How to Bale Cardboard

With the range of cardboard balers we stock, the optimal way to create a bale stays relatively consistent. In some product pages a video demonstration is available to show you how to load, operate, and unload the baler. You will want to utilise the space within the baler chamber as effectively as possible so to this end, flatten out the cardboard as much as you can; this could include compressing it with your feet, or taking apart boxes so that no corners protrude and produce negative space within the bale. Stacking boxes on top of each other neatly in the chamber is also a good way to reduce the negative space within the eventual bale.

Another component of the baling process that is demonstrated in a few of these videos is the tying of the bales with wire or strapping, which can be threaded through the machine and hold the material in place for unloading and transportation. Then there are self-tying balers (usually the larger models) which undergo the process automatically as the bale is pushed out on a conveyor, such as the Strautmann Baletainer. Balers like this are used for large quantities of cardboard and need to be offloaded with specialist forklifts.

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