From waste to wood chips, Orkel's new low maintenance compactor packs it all


Orkel’s new Hi-X Compactor bales fine materials to an extremely high density, while offering operators a low maintenance system.

“It’s a fixed chamber baler with two belts,” says Orkel’s William Bennet. “We’ve actually got a compaction rating of up to 280 bar per bale, so we can really achieve some high quality, really dense bales with our baler.”

The compactor (or stationary baler, as Bennet refers to it) bales materials like refuse derived fuel (RDF), bin waste, compost, sawdust, wood chips, dried manure, chicken litter, beet pulp, and solid waste.

The materials, after compacted, are wrapped in two steps, first using a wide film to maintain shape/density, then in a stretch film.

The Hi-X bales up to 60 bales per hour, with a volume of 1.25 cubic metres, a diameter of 115cm, width of 120cm, and weight of 300 to 1200 kilograms.

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“What really makes a difference is not only our pressure, but it’s the crop consistency. So if we have a really thin crop, that is able to be compacted more — say corn silage — we can see a lot higher numbers when it comes to our weight,” says Bennet.

In one instance, Bennet saw corn silage weigh in at 2,400 to 2,500 lb per bale. For hemp at 80 to 100 per cent moisture content, he says they’re seeing 1,800 to 2,200 lb bales.

Run by electric motor (over 55kW), or tractor (over 120 horsepower), the compactor features maintenance systems including the auto greasing of bushings, and auto oiling of chains.

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