Our Guide will help you to understand the differences between a hydraulic and a pneumatic baler for recycling.
When you decide to add a recycling baler on your business premises, one of the choices you’ll have to make is between hydraulic and pneumatic balers.
Both of these types of machines do essentially the same task: compress recyclable materials such as paper, cardboard, and plastic into dense blocks (bales) that can be easily transported and recycled.
Both machines have a power source and use that power to press materials
So what is the difference?
Pneumatic Balers are powered by compressed air. Air fills the top cylinder creating pressure which pushes down the pressing plate. The pressure locks the pressing plate down without further use of power.
Pneumatic balers run solely on compressed air; there are no electrical components.
Both of these baler types can help your business manage waste efficiently. Each has benefits that are better suited to one particular business or another. It typically depends on a company’s specific requirements.
Here are a few other factors to keep in mind when comparing hydraulic and pneumatic balers:
Volume Hydraulic balers are better suited for high volume (approx more than one ton per week)
Size Pneumatic balers are typically smaller and better suited to work spaces with limited space
Noise Hydraulic balers are often quite noisy and are therefore often installed away from the production process
Noise Pneumatic balers are quieter and are therefore often installed close to the production process
Maintenance Both pneumatic and hydraulic balers require annual maintenance, although pneumatic balers require less as they have no electrical components
Power Source Pneumatic balers can plug straight into existing air lines. Otherwise, a small compressor is required
Power Once the pressing plate of a pneumatic baler is down, it locks in place using the compressed air. Hydraulic balers require constant power to maintain constant pressure
Strength The high pressure of the hydraulic oil creates more downward pressure on the material than compressed air, though uses more power doing so
Hygiene Pneumatic balers are better suited to food production facilities as they minimize the risk of contamination