Keep Your Compactor Running Smoothly – Maintenance and Repair Guide

Once you’ve taken the step to get a waste compactor or waste baler for your business you probably cannot believe you ever lived without one– as is the case with many ingenious technological innovations in the home like toasters, kettles, dishwashers and of course mobile phones. Imagine if there is a problem with your compactor and you have no maintenance and repair contract. You’d have some serious downtime while you find a repairer and wait for an available appointment. Many readers will be making money from their waste thanks to a compactor – from polystyrene to cardboard – one man’s rubbish is another man’s material. The downtime caused by a breakdown, however, will hit the bottom line of all users of compactors and balers, even those who do not monetize their waste. It will also be a serious inconvenience and cause stress and reduced morale in the workplace, which is always a serious matter.

The fact is, despite the fantastic build quality of compactors these days, they can and do malfunction. So it is absolutely vital to get a scheduled maintenance contract with a reputable maintenance and repair company, so that any malfunctions can a) be spotted before they become serious and b) be repaired in double quick time. It is certainly worth ironing out every detail before signing up to a service agreement as you really need to be assured that any fault will be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The best operators offer third party cover, which will cover your compactors irrespective of whether you sourced them from the operator themselves. Look into peer reviews and track records of companies before signing up.

In terms of things that you can do to minimize the risk of breakdowns, there are a few handy tips.

Keeping the area surrounding the compactor clean and tidy

As with most equipment, compactors are less prone to wear and tear if they are kept free from rubbish and dirt. In addition, piles of rubbish and detritus around the compactor is likely to attract vermin, which can be a hazard. Anything sharp should be kept well away as sharps can cut the hoses, not to mention the risk to health and safety.

Regular inspections of the area

It’s all well and good starting off with the intention to keep the area around the compactor clean and tidy, but regular inspections on a designated day of the week are the only way you can guarantee to put the theory into practice.

Inspect the hydraulic system

Almost all compactors run on a hydraulic system. They are usually hidden under a cover and it is imperative that someone who is trained to do so checks for leaks and ensures that the levels of hydraulic oil are adequate on a regular basis.

Don’t be tempted to load inappropriate materials into the compactor

Waste compactors are designed for specific materials as per the instructions and guidelines of the manufacturers. Cutting corners by not sorting out the softer, appropriate materials from other rubbish is a one way ticket to a breakdown or fault.