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LFA 500 – Large Vertical Baler – Mill Size


The LFA 500 is our vertical mill size baler that creates wire tied bales up to 520kg (depending on material). It is one of our seasoned veterans that has been in our range for 20+ years. It is an ideal machine for large quantities and size of material due to its 1185x610mm feed opening and 50t compaction force. To gain the maximum rebate for material, recyclers require bales to be in a mill size format, just like this baler produces. The LFA 500 has an auto eject feature making bale ejection easy. With an IP rating of 65, it can withstand all forms of weather so it can be sited inside or outside. The most common types of materials baled are cardboard, plastic film, dry waste and paper, but it can also bale other materials.

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This creates a Mill Size bale that generates maximum rebate
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Product Details

Product Dimensions
Overall Width1920mm
Overall Height3110mm
Overall Depth1100mm
Overall Weight~2200kg
Feed Opening Width1185mm
Feed Opening Height610mm
Technical Specification
Compaction Force 50T
Motor 7.5kW
Cycle Time 55 Seconds
Noise Level 70dB
Bale Full Indicator Grill / Automatic
Feed Door Side Hinged
Electricity Supply 3 phase, 415V, 32A

The baler can be specified with a vandal proof cover over the controls and a lockable feed door. It can also be used as a can/drum crusher by inserting one our can crusher tables. The compaction cylinder can be dropped to get it through areas with restricted access. For further customisation, contact us and we will try to meet all requirements.

Typically, the minimum amount of recyclable material per week to gain a cost saving would be either:

  • 1100ltr wheelie bin(s) – Four DMR (Dry mixed recyclables) or three GW (General waste)
  • FEL (Front end loader) skip(s) – One DMR or ½ of one GW
  • REL (Rear end loader) skip(s) – Half of one DMR or ¼ of one GW
  • Ro-Ro (Roll on – roll off) skip(s) – One DMR or ½ of one GW

Once baled, the rebate received for the bales would typically be over £70 per ton depending on the material and quantity stored.


  • E-stops
  • Twin cylinders
  • Automatic cycle
  • Wire guide slots
  • Bale full indicator
  • Side hinged feed door
  • Safety interlocked doors
  • Turn buckle door opener
  • Simple, easy to operate controls
  • Auto eject for easy bale removal
  • 8 Retention claws inside the chamber
  • Rated IP65 so safe to be sited inside or out
  • 36 Retention teeth inside the front door and chamber



  • Saves on labour from reduced material handling
  • Reduces storage space required for bulky waste
  • Reduces the need to flat pack/break down material
  • Reduces carbon footprint and complies with ISO 14001
  • Produces mill-size bale dimensions to optimise transport loads
  • Leads to a tidier working environment which improves health and safety
  • Reduces disposal costs and able to generate the maximum income for material

The LFA 500 takes roughly a minute to set up and 3 minutes to tie off a bale, making it quick and easy to use.


Step 1 – Setup

When first using the machine, thread the straight end of the bale wire into the slots at the back of the chamber. Wrap the looped end of the wire onto the four hooks on the front of the baler. Lay the wire into the guide slots on the base and make sure the wire is taught. Close the door and feed the material.


Step 2 – Feeding

This step is straight forward – open the top feed door and throw the material into the chamber, making sure it is spread evenly (there is no need to flat pack the material as the baler will do the work). Close the feed door and press the green ‘go’ button. The plate will automatically run a full cycle compacting the material into the bottom of the chamber and catching on the retention teeth and claws. The plate then returns to the resting position ready for the next load. (If at any point the door is opened, the machine will cut out for safety precautions).


Step 3 – When is the bale full?

There is a bale full grill positioned on the feed door, when the plate is under full compaction and the plate sat in the middle of the grill is visible, the bale is full and ready to be tied off. Repeat step 2 until this happens. If opting for the automatic bale full stop option, the baler will stop and signal that the bale is full and ready to tie off.


Step 4 – Tying off the bale

With the plate in its resting position at the top of the chamber, open the feed door (using our bale wire hook), bring the four wires across the top of the bale and feed them through the slots at the front of the baler. Close the feed door and press the ‘down’ arrow button for the plate to compact and stay down. Now the material is under compression, open both doors. Thread the straight end of the wire through the loop end. Pull the wires tight and wrap the wire around itself 3-4 times. Repeat this on the other wires.


Step 5 – Ejecting the bale

Once the bale is created, it needs to be ejected. Open both doors and place a pallet in front of the baler. The baler has a pin that automatically slides into place, interacting with the ejection chains when the door is open. Hold down the two bale ‘eject’ buttons and the plate will start rising with the ejection chains. The bale will start tipping and with momentum will slowly roll onto the pallet. The bale now weighs up to 520kg sat on a pallet, ready to be stored for collection.


As simple as that! It probably takes longer to read the operation than to implement it. As part of the package, one of our trusty engineers will come to site and show the team how to do this in person. Training certification can be supplied if required.

*Note – Refurbished models may vary in its operation slightly, but the principle will remain very similar.

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    Benefits of Baling

    • ISO icon
      Reduce carbon footprint and comply with ISO 14001
    • Recycling Bin
      To reduce storage space required for bulky waste
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      Reduce disposal costs and receive maximum income on the baled material
    • Commercial Recycling Factory
      To lead to a tidier work environment which improves health and safety
    • Cardboard Recycling Baler
      To reduce the need to flat pack/break down material
    • Labor Icon
      To save on labour from reduced material handling

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