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What Factors Affect the Price of a Baler?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 10 July 2018
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The price of a baler can depend on available features, configuration, and the conditions it is designed to operate in. Balers capable of handling multiple types of materials, along with high speed equipment capable of managing extremely large bales, tends to be more expensive. Some units are relatively inexpensive and may even be built by end users, as their configurations are straightforward. Larger equipment may be a reasonable investment for facilities where high volumes of materials are likely to be handled, like extremely large farms or regional recycling centers.

One issue is whether the device is new, reconditioned, or used. New equipment tends to be more expensive, while it may be possible to get a discounted price on reconditioned balers sold by manufacturers or authorized third parties. This equipment has been carefully serviced and maintained to make it similar to new, in terms of the level of performance available. Used machines may perform variably, depending on how well they were treated by previous owners, but may be very low in cost.

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Manual balers tend to be less costly, but come with the tradeoff of being much less efficient. People will not be able to bale as much as quickly, and more laborers can be required to handle the equipment. By contrast, the price of a baler can be higher when it uses an automated feed and hydraulic ram, but this may be made up in savings over time. Automation is also available to tie the wire, cable, or twine that holds bales together after they’ve been compressed.

Features can be another determining factor in the price of a baler. Multipurpose equipment capable of handling mixed materials may be more expensive. Likewise with any additional features that enhance the functionality and performance of the equipment. These can generate savings in the long term, but may be a consideration at the time of purchase if they make it difficult to afford the equipment.

When the price of a baler is a consideration, it may be possible to rent equipment. This can allow companies or farmers to see if the device will meet their needs. Rents may convert to leases or purchases by prior arrangement, allowing people to retain equipment if they find it useful and send it back if it’s not. Some manufacturers also allow buyers to test-drive equipment before purchase. People concerned about the price of a baler might consider asking about buying an old rental model.

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