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Horizontal Balers For Cardboard, Paper, Plastic, PET and other Post-Production and Packaging Waste

Exploring Horizontal Balers? Let's Find Your Next Machine.

From a compact closed door trim baler to a manual-tie horizontal baler capable of handling multiple materials, we offer a diverse range of solutions to meet the needs of warehouses, distribution centers, and industrial facilities seeking efficiency. Whether it's an open-end auto-tie baler or a robust two-ram horizontal baler for high-volume applications, our lineup caters to your requirements.

Discover Your Perfect Horizontal Baler Match Today.


Closed Door Manual-Tie Balers

CC50 Manual-tie Baler

The CC50 model has a built-in tipping system. This model is recommend for a cardboard. Main product features: closed inlet channel, wide opening, continuous filling. The unit is also available with conveyors, tippers and other accessories. More details…

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Bale weight

Cardboard: 1,000-1,200 lbs
Soft plastic/stretch wrap: 1,200-1,400 lbs


WxDxH (inch) 60 x 30 x 45 

F66 Closed Door Baler

The F66 closed door baler is a multi-material heavy duty, full penetration closed door baler. It has 2 x 6" cylinders in a cross configuration. The opening is 35" x 60" but is also available in a stretch version with a single cylinder and a wider filling opening. Bales are tied manually. More details…

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Bale weight

Cardboard: 1,000-1,400 lbs
Soft plastic/stretch wrap: 1,200-1,600 lbs


WxDxH (inch) 60 x 30 x 48

Auto-Tie Horizontal Balers

CC40 Auto-tie Baler

High capacity baling solution for compacting large volumes of recyclable waste. Auto-tie stackable bales with the fully-automatic system. Main product features: wide feed opening, flexible loading options, continuous filling, user-friendly interface. More details…

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Bale weight

Cardboard: 950-1,100 lbs
Soft plastic/stretch wrap: 1,100-1,300 lbs


WxDxH (inch) 60 x 30 x 45 

BaleWulf Heavy-Duty Balers

BaleWulf Closed Door Balers

Advanced Closed-Door Solution - Introducing the BaleWulf Closed Door Baler. Versatile and robust, tackling various materials with ease. From everyday recyclables to challenging items. Benefit from top-tier warranties and quality service. Achieve optimal bale weights without straining the baler, ensuring long-lasting performance. More details...

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Bale weight

Cardboard: 1,500 lbs
PET: 1,100 lbs


WxDxH (inch) 30" x 60" x 48"

BaleWulf TWO RAM Baler

Elevate Recycling Efficiency - Meet the BaleWulf Two Ram Baler. Designed for safety and user-friendliness, it effortlessly handles diverse materials. From OCC and PET to roll cores, tires, and non-ferrous metals. Enjoy unmatched warranties and exceptional service. Achieve target bale weights with minimal stress, ensuring lasting operation. More details...

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Bale weight

Cardboard: 1,500 lbs
Mixed Paper: 1,750 lbs


WxDxH (inch) 30" x 60" x 45"

Why a horizontal baler?

When a company finds that they have too much recoverable material like cardboard or paper or shrink wrap, they need to find ways to manage it and in an ideal situation profit from it. Options include throwing it all in a trash dumpster, compacting it or baling it. Of these choices baling is the only one that is not a cost generator but is a profit generator.

Hopefully you have had a chance to review our vertical balers and have read the information regarding them.

When the amount of recoverable material exceeds the capacity of a vertical baler, a horizontal baler may be a solution. Volumes over 2 tons per day are the starting point for a small horizontal baler. They should also be considered when labor is less available or when the way of processing the material requires the use of a tipper, conveyor, or other “mass” loading method.

Horizontal balers are larger than verticals and take up more space. They are more expensive and can take a bit more skill to run, but can end up being less labor intensive overall.

Horizontal cardboard balers break out into a few different categories and then branch again from there. We will try to keep the concepts simple.

Large selection of horizontal baler models

These balers, depending on the model, allow you to compact many types of waste. We have various horizontal balers including:

  • stopBaler for cardboard
  • stopBaler for paper, waste paper
  • stopOCC
  • stopBaler for soft plastic, stretch wrap
  • stopPET bottle baler 
  • stopBaler for aluminium and steel cans

We offer many versions of balers for post-production or packaging waste. They differ, among others, in

  • stopBalers in various dimensions - to fit the space you have
  • stopThe length and chamber size, cylinder size
  • stopAdjustable bale size
  • stopAdjustable weight of the finished bale
  • stopTying options: manual / automatic

Check out how our horizontal balers work

See the videos and find out how easy they are to use

Answer these key questions to determine
which horizontal baler is right for you?

Bramidan offers various types of horizontal balers. How to choose the right model for the needs of your company? The choice depends on several factors.Try to answer these questions to determine what is best, but do not hesitate to contact us for help:

  • stopWhat material are you processing?
  • stopHow much material are you processing (know in pounds or tons per month or per day). This is called throughput.
  • stopAre there other materials you also want to process?
  • stopHow much space do you have available?
  • stopHow much labor do you want to dedicate to the process?
  • stopDo you have the power requirements to run a bigger machine?
  • stopWhat is your budget?
  • stopWhat are your plans for growth?

All these questions can lead to different suggestions. For instance, if you are on a steep growth curve, it may be better to go with an auto-tie open end baler than a closed end. They are more expensive, but you would transition into the larger volumes without having to replace the equipment. The fact is, the busier you get, the more difficult the swap out becomes.

Feeding your baler by conveyor may take a good deal of planning within a building whereas a tipper may suffice and not require the floor space. However, you will be trading future convenience and speed for price and space.

Beginning with the end in mind is the bast way to approach a baler purchase. Know what you want to accomplish within a 24–36-month period and then project out 5 years. These are machines that last a long time but are also ones that can be updated when your business changes. It is not unlike buying or designing a home – you really should think about the little things as well as the big things. Buying the wrong machine can be a pain. Buying the right one will feel like a smart investment.

Knowing what your options are is the best course of action and like any big purchase, there are professionals who can help. You can always count on your Bramidan dealer to steer you in the right direction.

Closed end vs. open end - what is the difference?

The fist distinction is “closed end” or “closed-door” balers vs open end balers, sometimes also called extrusion balers.

Closed end balers

Closed end balers are usually used for medium volumes of material and the press forces are typically making bales in the 1,000 lbs to 1,500 lbs range depending on the length and chamber size, cylinder size and other factors.

Additionally, closed end balers are often used when the facility has multiple types of materials to bale, as it is fairly easy to change between materials – for instance cardboard, PET, aluminum cans etc.  This is more difficult with an open end baler.

The closed end baler normally pushes out the bales from either the end or the side and generally uses one or two (in a scissor design) cylinder(s).

Open end balers

An open end baler can be a single or dual cylinder and does not typically push against a door, but rather uses a longer chamber with separate hydraulic cylinders that squeeze on the material as it gets pushed through. 

Open end balers are also usually auto-tying balers that will tie the bales together automatically; whereas bales made in a closed door baler typically have to be tied manually, by hand.

How does a closed end (door) baler work?

Think of a vertical baler on its back and that is pretty much a horizontal baler.

  • stopMaterial is fed into an open hopper or funnel that drops the material into a chamber. 
  • stopBehind that chamber is a cylinder and ram that pushes forward and against the end of the baler which is typically a steel gate or solid door.
  • stopWhen the desired size is achieved the baler will reach a predetermined pressure which sets off a signal to light up a finished bale made light. 
  • stopWhen this occurs, the ram stays forward and the material is tied-off by hand with baling wire.

Some models tie vertically and others horizontally depending on the manufacturer and model.

When the bale has been tied, the front gate or door is opened. This can be done manually or with a hydraulic assist, again depending on options chosen and make and model. The bale is pushed out either by an extending cylinder or by the ram retracting and more material being added until the bale is pushed out.

On average, a closed-end baler generates up to 3 bales per hour and is recommended for processing and compacting low to moderate volumes of cardboard or paper waste, as well as aluminum cans, PET bottles, stretch wrap etc.

After the baling process has been completed, the bale needs to be manually tied off by the operator. The rear or side door (depending on the model and manufacturer) can be opened when finished, so the pressure is released inside the channel. The bale is then pushed out by extending the ram or by the next bale that is in production. This type of baler can be used for single-bale output.

A closed end (door) baler

The way the door is configured, how it opens and closes and the way the bale is tied off (which direction – horizontally or vertically) is often different depending on the manufacturer and model. There are manual doors and hydraulically assisted doors.

How is an open-end baler different and when is it used?

Open end balers, sometimes called extrusion balers are uniquely designed to allow for material to be held in place from the sides (squeeze cylinders) rather than by the end of the machine as material passes trough a tensioned channel.

Open end balers are ideal for bulkier materials as well as higher volumes, the open-end baler provides a better flow of materials.

The front of the material bale is pressed up against the previous bale in the chamber, thus acting kind of like a door does in the closed end baler. This process is faster than closed-end balers and also can eliminates the need for other parts such as ejection rams and separation doors.

An open-end baler

The tie-off process can be different amongst different manufacturers. Generally speaking, the open-end baler will have an automatic wire tie -off system. These can vary quite a bit, but they all do essentially the same thing in that they tie off the bale at a pre-set size. Photo-eyes and other features can help to keep the size consistent. 

Other assisting options can also be employed to keep the bales from deforming or loading unevenly. This is often dependent on the type of material being processed as well as the speed.

Quick guide for picking a baler




Key - Multi Material, easy to use, affordable

Bale size - 850 lbs – 1,200 lbs

Ave Vol/Mth - 4 tons

Max Vol/Mth - 40 tons 

Size - Small (8 foot or less horizontally)

Cost used - $5,000 - $11,000

Cost new - $10,000 - $22,000

Materials - Multiple: OCC, Paper, Film, Sacks

Tie off - Manual

Notes - Lower volume, lower cost, higher labor, easy



Key - Multi materials, high volume

Bale size - 850 lbs – 1,400 lbs

Ave Vol/Mth - 20 tons +

Max Vol/Mth - 200 tons

Size - Medium footprint (depending on options)

Cost used - $35,000 - $75,000

Cost new - $50,000 - $150,000

Materials - OCC, paper, film PET, Alum/tin cans, etc.

Tie off - Manual (vertical or horizontal dep on mfgs)

Notes - Easier to feed in higher volumes than vertica



Key - 1 material at a time, high volumes

Bale size - 850 lbs – 2,000 lbs

Ave Vol/Mth - 50 tons +

Max Vol/Mth - 2,000 tons +

Size - Medium to large (dep on mfg & model)

Cost used - $60,000 - $300,000

Cost new - $100,000 - $750,000

Materials - Single stream: OCC, paper, PET, Film (dep mfg)

Tie off - Automatic

Notes - Models differ in kind and volume of material



Key - Multi Materials and high volumes, dense bales

Bale size - 900 lbs – 2,000 lbs

Ave Vol/Mth - 50 tons +

Max Vol/Mth - 1,000 tons + 

Size - Large (L shaped)

Cost used - $150,000 - $750,000

Cost new - $250, 000 - $1M

Materials - All types including non-ferrous metals

Tie off - Automatic

Notes - Multiple materials and high throughput

Single ram or two-ram?

Horizontal balers are usually a single ram (press plate) or twin ram (two press plates). A single ram baler is equipped with one cylinder and a two-ram baler has two cylinders.

Two ram

The two-ram baler is often shaped in an “L” shape so that Ram 1 (the gathering ram) will be the channel where the material is collected and compressed against an end wall. 

The other channel (eject ram) is used for pushing the compressed material out of the side to be ejected. Both ram faces perform the compaction, but the second is mostly to push the material sideways and out to be tied-off and the finished bale picked up off a slide or other platform.

Two ram

The compression force against a surface is greater than that of a single ram where the material is more squeezed in the tensioning walls as it passes through. Hence you get denser bales like a closed door but can process resistant material and more material faster.

Two ram balers are automated versions of closed door balers. They work great for multi material locations, as each bale is finished and kicked out before the next bale is started.

The two ram balers also work great for harder to bale materials such as PET or aluminum cans, as the bales are better contained inside the chamber until the point of tying it together.


Two ram baler

Two-Rams are amongst the most versatile balers available and can be adapted with options such as shredders, fluffers and many other modifications that allow for very fast throughput of multiple materials.

The bales tend to be heavier and press forces and cylinder sizes can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

The model featured here is made by JWR and Sebright Products. Many European and American manufacturers feature two-ram balers with innovative technologies.

Compact different fractions of waste 

Sorting, compacting and recycling waste are important issues that we can help you with. Our horizontal balers can compact many recyclable materials. Here are the main waste fractions that can be compacted in horizontal baler:


Cardboard waste


Paper waste

Soft plastic

Soft plastic waste

PET bottles

PET bottles waste

Tin cans

Tin cans waste

Alu cans

Alu cans waste

What materials are baled with a closed end baler? 

Cardboard and paper are the most common materials baled in a closed-door baler due to the amount of crush strength needed as well as the expandability of the materials.

Materials that do not take too much pressure to collapse and maintain a shape are best. However, closed end balers are also very useful for multi material applications with harder materials.

Closed door balers are often used in smaller recycling centers and transfer stations, where many different materials are baled every day.

Why invest in horizontal balers for cardboard, soft plastic, stretch wrap and other post-production and packaging waste?

Every horizontal baler in our range is robust and capable of handling heavy loads. Investing in balers for cardboard, PET bottles or compacting other types of recyclables can bring companies many benefits. Our horizontal balers:

  • stopcontribute to reducing the amount of space needed to store post-production and packaging waste
  • stopare simple operation, time saving
  • stopallows you to increase revenue from the sale of recyclable materials - compressed into bales, they are ready for collection by the waste collectors - their transport is cheaper and easier  

What are the main alternatives to horizontal balers?

Since the idea behind a horizontal baler is to allow for more material to be gathered and reduced in size with less labor, auger compactors are sometimes used instead of a horizontal baler.

Auger compactors will compact about 60% more than a standard plunger type of compactor but will be installed outside of the building instead of inside like a baler typically would. This makes the material being recycled worth less money than the baled version since it is less dense and needs to be “hauled” to a site to be recovered and processed.

Auger compactors usually can get 8 – 10 ton of cardboard in a standard 40yard receiver box. With standard heavy duty compactors it can be very difficult to get the material out of the box as the material tends to get jammed. With an auger compactor the material is broken down much better and it will be easier to get the material out.


Shown is the PRESTO SPN 15 auger sold by Bramidan USA. Some advantages of this brand are the cooled screw head, sensor lubrication case, direct gear design and a quiet, no hydraulic fluid motor.



Save money and benefit from a monitoring solution for your horizontal baler

With a BRA-IN™ Link you can access your equipment. This means major savings in service and transport. 

Your advantages:

  • stopAutomatic waste collection based on filling levels, saving transport costs
  • stopGPS location with battery backup
  • stopLower service costs due to remote access
  • stopOnline changes to machine settings (via service technician only)
  • stopMachine failure notification via email
  • stopPossible automatic re-ordering of consumables

Learn more about our BRA-IN monitoring system for your horizontal balers.

Buy or rent?

  1. Buy - you pay and own it.
  2. Rent - for a limited period.

You can always combine with service packages for easy administration.

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Service & maintenance

The right level of service is key to low operating cost over time.

We recommend that you make a service agreement to protect your investment. Contact us, we offer several service packages.

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Who uses our horizontal balers?

Many types of customers, from various industries use our balers to compact waste. They benefit from a Bramidan solution. Find out about our references.

Retail Stores

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Distribution & Warehouse

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Industry & Manufacturing

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Waste Handling Companies

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How can I pick the right baler?

Horizontal balers are a capital investment and should be considered carefully at purchase. Finding the right person to help can be tricky. Rely on reliable consultants to select a baler to meet your company's needs. 

Any questions? Contact us.

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  • phoneJohn Bruno - cell 805 668 8928

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