One negative side effect of business growth is garbage increase. As your business productivity increases, so does the generation of garbage. Left unattended, garbage can accumulate and overflow trashcans, resulting in unseemly piles of litter. As it continues to pile up and fester, it becomes a potent breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria.

Due to the nature and volumes of garbage handled by trash compactors, they are prone to incessant wear and tear, especially if used regularly. To extend their lifespan, trash compactors require regular maintenance. Below are maintenance tips to ensure your trash compactors are never grounded.

1. Regularly Inspect Your Trash Compactor

After acquiring a new trash compactor, inspect it after a week’s use to be certain all the components are working as they should. After the first week, bi-monthly inspections are adequate. Once every month, using a needlepoint grease gun, grease the lock assembly and the lower door hinges. Another area of inspection is checking your compactor for indications of metal weakening. Should you find a weak metal, repair or replace it before it can cause further damage. It is also important to check regularly the motor amp draw and record successive readings to prevent potential failures in the future.

2. Check the Hydraulic Oil Reservoir

When conducting bi-monthly inspections, with the cylinder fully retracted, make sure the hydraulic oil reservoir is at the correct level. Always use high-quality hydraulic oil for optimum performance.

3. Inspect the Filter

Once every three to six months, inspect the hydraulic system’s filter and replace it with a new one if necessary. Inspect and check it every 3 to 6 months to determine whether it needs to be replaced. The key to changing your system’s filter is timing: change it too early and you end up incurring unnecessary expenses. On the other hand, replace them too late and you may already be in trouble.

4. Change the Oil Filter Regularly

You need to change your oil filter after 50 hours of using your new trash compactor. After this, change the oil filter after every 250 hours of use. You can modify this schedule if your baler operates in a hot, dusty environment.

5. Use High-Quality All-Weather Hydraulic Fluid

Drain and refill your compactor’s reservoir using high quality all-weather hydraulic fluid to keep it running efficiently. The true test of a quality hydraulic fluid is in its viscosity. If the viscosity grade is not aligned to the hydraulic system’s operating temperature range, it cannot guarantee optimal functioning of your trash compactor’s hydraulic components.

The best hydraulic fluid is dependent on your oils’ starting viscosity at lowest temperatures, the highest anticipated operating temperatures, and the components’ highest viscosity range.

6. Check All Connections and Hoses for Faults

Over time, your trash compactor’s hoses and other connections may wear and tear. As a result, they are the main suspects whenever you detect a leak. Regularly inspect and repair, and if need be, replace them to avoid potential damage later on.

7. Keep the Power Unit Clean

To facilitate clean airflow around the power unit, regularly check and clean it to get rid of debris. Check and rid it of dirt, dust, and grease. You do this to ensure the airflow around the unit is clean.

8. Hire a Professional to Conduct the Inspections

The best approach to maintaining your trash compactor is to let a professional do the inspection. They know what to look for and can spot problems a mile off. For instance, get a licensed electrician to inspect the electrical system.

One way of controlling garbage is by using trash compacting machines. As waste is generated at your establishment, the compacting machines compress it into manageable packs for onward transportation to recycling or waste disposal centres.


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