Vertical Baler and Horizontal Baler need regular scheduled maintenance for the long productive service life expected from your baler or compactor. Failure to properly maintain your recycling equipment can lead to added repair costs, extended down time, and safety concerns. A regularly scheduled program should include the following items.
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Weekly Baler and Compactor Maintenance
- Inspect all nuts and bolts during the first week of use, and then monthly thereafter.
- Check hydraulic oil reservoir for proper oil level with the cylinder fully retracted. Maintain proper oil level in the reservoir with a high quality all weather hydraulic oil such as Sinopec AW-32 hydraulic fluid or equivalent. A “Fill to Here” decal is provided to help maintain the proper level. In addition, check for any leakage, kinks, or other damage to the hydraulic hoses and replace if necessary.
- Check the power unit. Keep the power unit clean and free of debris in order to provide a clean airflow around the unit. Wipe all grease, dust, and dirt from the outside of the control box.
- Check that all safety guards and access covers are secure and in the proper condition before operation.
Monthly Baler and Compactor Maintenance
- Grease the lower door hinges and lock assembly with a needlepoint grease gun.
- Check all nut and bolts. Inspect the overall condition of the equipment and the surrounding work area.
Annual Baler and Compactor Maintenance
- Have a licensed electrician inspect the electrical system. All electrical connections should be examined and the motor amp draw should be checked. Recording successive readings helps prevent future failures.
- Maintain the hydraulic system. Drain and refill the reservoir with high quality all weather hydraulic fluid equal or better then Sinopec AW-32 . Check all hoses and connections for leakage or wear and replace if necessary. Change the oil filter after the first 50 hours of operation and every 250 hours thereafter. Modify this schedule if the baler operates in hot, dusty conditions.