Balers are an integral part of many industries, from recycling companies to busy retail warehouses. They help enrich recycling processes and manage waste by compressing cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum, and other recyclable materials into easily stored and transported bales. However, like any machine, balers can sometimes malfunction or get jammed. Here are some tips on how to safely unjam a cardboard baler and keep it running smoothly.
When working with any type of machine, safety should always come first. If your baler gets jammed, the first step is to push the big red stop button. This button is there for a very important reason: it cuts off the machine in the event of an emergency. Do not attempt to remove the clog until the machine is completely off.
Unjamming Your Baler
If it’s a non-major jam, you could consider manually reversing the ram, as this may eject the blockage quickly and efficiently. However, never reach inside the machine while it is operating. Balers can exert tens of thousands of pounds of pressure tremendously quickly. Always keep your awareness levels up when using the machine, and if it jams, don’t instinctively reach in.
Maintenance and Care
To prevent jams and general malfunctions, avoid loading the machine with excessively large amounts of cardboard boxes. Reading the manual that came with the machine and familiarizing yourself with all the parts before you start using it is a must. If you cannot seem to unjam your baler, contact the manufacturer of the machine, as they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Repair or Replace?
When your baler breaks, you might be torn between the simplicity of replacing it with a new one, or considering repairing what’s broken instead. Before making a decision, weigh the costs and benefits of both options. Altitude Recycling has worked closely with customers with recycling equipment. From grocers to municipalities we have unparalleled experience in the industry. Reach out to us if there is a problem with your machine or if you’re interested in new or a refurbished piece of recycling equipment.
Remember, a well-maintained baler can significantly improve your waste management efforts and contribute to a more sustainable environment.