Tips to Keep Your Baler in Prime Working Condition

1st Jan 1970

A baler is an innovative recycling machine that can be used to improve the efficiency of your waste management and boost sustainability in the workplace. Waste balers are used to compress materials such as cardboard and plastic into a compact bale. The bales can then be stored efficiently onsite, collected by a local recycler and transported to recycling facilities. Using a baler can save your company time, space, and money. In fact, on average baling could save your company £1,248 a year, if not a lot more. This makes baling an attractive option for businesses seeking to reduce their waste management costs, improve their green credentials, and boost productivity levels in the workplace. Renting  a waste baler is a smart decision as it offers a fully maintained option. However there are a few best practices to follow  day to day to keep your baler working efficiently. Fortunately, these steps are very simple and easy to follow. With this in mind, here are some top tips to keep your baler in prime working condition:

Insert the correct waste items

Commercial waste balers are designed to compress soft waste items such as cardboard, paper, and soft plastics. Inserting hard waste materials such as rigid plastic may cause serious damage to the compaction plate, resulting in expensive repairs. For that reason, you must be mindful of what you insert into your baler and only attempt to bale the correct items. You can  find a list of suitable waste items by referring to your manufacturer's guidance handbook or simply call us on 01242 620903 for help

Clean your baler regularly

Cleaning your baling machine is one of the simplest ways to protect your machine and prevent malfunctions and unexpected downtime. Baling machines build up debris from small bits of recycling waste and over time and this can cause blockages which will affect the machine’s performance. To avoid this, you should clean the interior of the debris which remain after each time you bale out. Most debris can be removed from the baler by sweeping out with a broom, so it’s a good idea to have this available and located near the baling machine. This will ensure that your baler continues to operate in the most efficient way possible. Remember that you must always ensure that the baler is switched off before cleaning the machine.

Inspect your baler for signs of damage

Make sure you inspect your baler regularly for signs of damage such as rust or loose bolts. A loose bolt could cause your baler to breakdown unexpectedly and could also present a danger to staff operating the machine. Fortunately, these rarely occur and a rental baler from QCR will be maintained by us. Make sure that you check the bolts on your baler at least once a week and tighten any bolts or screws that have become loose. This will help ensure that your baler continues to operate safely and productively.

Complete key maintenance tasks

There are a variety of baler maintenance tasks that you should complete to keep your machine performing in the best possible condition. This includes draining the compressor every two weeks to remove excess moisture and testing the machine's oil regularly and changing when needed. You can refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for a checklist of essential baler maintenance tasks.

Arrange an annual baler service

Experts recommend that you should have a baler service at least once a year to keep it in prime working condition. A certified baler expert will inspect your baling machine and carry out essential maintenance tasks such as clearing the filters and changing the oil. They will also carry out testing on different parts of your baler to ensure that your machine is working at the optimal levels. Any potential issues will be identified and repaired before they have the chance to develop into a major problem. This will extend the lifespan of your baler and help you avoid unexpected downtime and expensive repair jobs later down the line.


Using a waste baler in your company offers several great benefits including more efficient waste management, increased recycling, and cost-savings. Taking the time to learn some simple baler maintenance will ensure that your machine continues to run smoothly, allowing employees to deal with waste and recycling efficiently. Follow the above steps to keep your baler in prime working condition.

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