Frequently Asked Questions

What does a compactor do?

The machine is designed to receive trash from gravity type chute. The trash falling will partially pack it at the bottom of the chamber, moving it from the 24 inch diameter round trash chute to a 19 inch by 19 inch chamber.

 

 

What is proper Maintenance?

Proper maintenance and hosuekeeping will ensure proper and long use of the compactormachine. It will keep cost down and will make the operator's job much easier. It's best to take the time to learn and understand the proper way to run and maintain the compactor.

 

You can always check our check list that will guide you on the proper maintenance and, most important, to know when to stop and call the manufacturer when something is wrong with the compactor's performence  

How do I replenish the Hydraulic Tank?

To refill the tank, use hydraulic oil type ISO-46 wiht R & O and so the following:

  • Turn power off with ram fully retracted.
  • Remove breather cup on the tank .
  • Fill within 2" of the top.
  • Return breather cap and tighten.
  • Turn power on.

What should I do if my Compactor runs continuously?

  • Check the electric eye - if dirty: clean lens. If clean: but still runs continuously, check the reflector. if the reflector is clean, then check the alignment; otherwise, call the manufacturer for further assistance. 
  • Check the trash in the hopper. It may be too light to fall into the lower compaction chamber but low enough to block the eye's beam. If this is the problem: turn off the machine, push down the emergency button, and close the top gate. Open the front hopper door, clear the blockage, close the front hopper door, open the tope chute gate, pull the emergency button, and turn on the machine. 

 

What should I do if the Ram will not fully extend?

Turn off the machine, push down the emergency button, and close the top chute gate. Open the front hopper door, and check inside the hopper for non-compactable trash, such as: books, wood items, bundled newspapers, clothing, carpets, appliances or similar hard and bulky trash. Carefully clear the blockage, close the front hopper door, open the top chute gate, pull the emergency button, and turn on the machine.

 

What should I do if there is a noisy electric motor while running?

  • check for tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse, reset/replace.
  • NOTE: A MANUFACTURERS' TECHNICIAN SHOULD BE CALLED TO PROPERLY RESET OR REPAIR THEPOSSIBLE OVERLOAD ON THE MOTOR'S STARTER. PERMANENT MOTOR DAMAGE MAY OCCUR.

 

What should I do if the electric motor relay trips?

  • After the motor cools down, reset the relay , if it trips again. Check for tripped circut breaker or blown fuse, reset/replace.
  • NOTE: A MANUFACTURERS' TECNICIAN SHOULD BE CALLED TO PROPERLY RESET OR REPAIR THE POSSIBLE OVERLOAD ON THE MOTOR'S STARTER. PERMANENT MOTOR DAMAGE MAY OCCUR

 

What should I do if the machine runs slower than normal speed?

  • Look for sign of leaks, if there are none:
  • Check hydraulic oil levels. The level should be 2" - 4" from the top. If not add ISO-46 hydraulic oil with R&O.

uSE THE RECOMMENDED HYDRAULIC OIL ONLY. DO NOT USE MOTOR OIL, BRAKE FLUID OR TRANSMISSION FLUID. THESE OILS AND FLUIDS WILL DAMAGE THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM BEYOND REPAIR.

What if my compactor ram is not retracting or extending in auto?

If the ram is fully extended or retracted and will not move in auto,be will move in manual, the limit switches may need adjusting. Call the manufacturer for advice.

 

 

 

Which trash bags do you recommend?

Trash bags should be 4 mils thick, 30" or 32" wide. There are two types of bags that can be used: single bags or tube type. Single bags are suitable for smaller buildings with less than 20 apartments. Using single bags on bigger building would require more frequent bsg changes. The tube bage is one long tube on a roll. Ten to fifteen foot sections can be cut and loaded onto the front of the compactor. The compactor will push off only as much bag as it needs to containthe processed trash. The length of the bag should be kept within sanitation regulations. The only way to regulate the weight of the bag is by its length. The longer the bag, the heavier it will be. 

 

 

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