5 questions about two-ram balers

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International Baler's Sean Usoff addresses questions about two-ram balers.

April 24, 2020

1. Why a two-ram baler over a single-ram baler?

Sean Usoff, International Baler Corp., director of sales and marketing

In one word: versatility. Although single-ram auto-tie balers typically have a speed advantage when processing a single material, they have limitations with multiple materials and bulky product. A two ram offers the ability to change materials easily and quickly. A larger range of cylinder sizes (IBC offers 8-inch through 16-inch bores) handles bulky material.

2. What features does a two-ram offer for different materials?

Two rams are available in both a “wide-box” design for large, bulky or high-volume material and in a “narrow-box” design for increased platen pressure for tougher materials (such as plastics). IBC also offers material-specific blades: a beveled edge (sharp, clean cut) for fiber and a square edge (blunted for a stronger blade) for nonferrous scrap metal.

3. Can a two-ram be customized for my specific material?

Most manufacturers offer material selections with settings for each material. IBC, for instance, features up to 12 individually customizable material settings for optimum performance with each material.

4. What are some additional options to consider?

An operator’s platform is a must for monitoring the infeed of material. Features like a bale door, fully lined chambers and dual- or quad-motor systems add value and performance. Other features, such as IBC’s exclusive removable end wall, add ease of maintenance for longevity.

5. What about installation?

Consider the available space and footprint of the baler. Two rams can be configured with either a left-hand or right-hand ejection and can be fed in a variety of ways. It’s important to plan the placement of a conveyor and power unit, Bobcat feed direction and how best to approach the machine to remove bales with a forklift. Site prep for mounting options, floor supports (beams, plates) and electrical service need to be ready prior to the baler’s arrival.