how does a trash compactor work

How Does A Trash Compactor Work?

If your business is trying to take care of your environment and reduce your footprint on the earth, you may have considered investing in a trash compactor. Trash compactors are a great way to spark a movement within your company to cut down on waste. Many times there are items that your business is throwing in the trash that can be recycled. This is the first place to begin! When you are more conscious to recycle the items that can be recycled, you automatically will be producing less waste.

Waste by definition is both area that is not used as well as products or material that is eliminated or discarded. When using a regular trash can or dumpster there are many times large amounts of wasted space within it! When you do make the decision to move forward with a trash compactor you will all of the sudden begin to see savings not only in space used within your waste collector, but also on the end of the amount of trash pickups that are required resulting in a savings in gas as well as the amount of emissions caused by the trash pickup.

How Do They Work?

Now how do trash compactors work? If you make the decision to have one on your company property, it’s important that you understand how they work and exactly how you will be creating less waste. First we recommend to go through the manual of your specific compactor and read it entirely so that you understand your specific compactor well. Although all trash compactors and brands can and will be used differently, they all will generally work the same way. Generally speaking, a trash compactor functions with a large “ram” that compresses the trash down. The ram is a metal piece of that sits above the trash. The operator or user will load up the trash compactor with whatever applicable waste there is and once secured, will activate the ram and the compacting will begin. Trash compactors vary in size and ability but there are certain compactors that can and will hold up to one thousand gallons of waste! That’s a lot of trash! There are also various requirements as far as how you are to load and unload your trash compactor along with what items you should put in and in what order! Be sure to check your manufacturers handbook before you start using your compactor.

how does a trash compactor work

Things That Should NOT Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

Although there are many items that CAN be put into a trash compactor to help your company reduce it’s footprint, there are also items that definitely should NOT go into a trash compactor due to safety measures and other reasons.

  • Flammable & Explosive Materials
  • Chemicals
  • Glass & Wood
  • Batteries
  • Liquids
  • Food waste such as raw meat and fish, grapefruit rinds. 

If your compactor is jammed or seems to be malfunctioning, call a professional with experience and knowledge to come and look at your compactor to see what might be the problem.

Things That SHOULD Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

There are tons of items that can and should go into your trash compactor to help you reduce your footprint, just be sure to follow your compactors manual in order to operate the machinery in the best way possible for your business and create the least amount of waste possible.

  • Household Trash including: paper, cans & bottles, plastic containers, wrappings and sweepings. 
  • Metal
  • Cardboard

We have tons of quality used and new trash compactors that we would love to talk to you about. If you have questions about your compactor or are looking for a reputable company that can help you with your current compactor, please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!

How To Choose A Dock Leveler

How To Choose A Dock Leveler

Mechanical vs Hydraulic Dock Levelers

Choosing the right dock levelers for your business and operations can seem like a daunting task for many. There are many factors to consider when it comes to finding a dock leveler that maximizes your company’s productivity as well as provides ease of operation for your business. Our company alone offers four various types of levelers to meet any person or business’ needs, and we recognize that it can be difficult to know which is the right fit for your company, so we wanted to provide you with a few points to consider when you are searching to choose the right dock leveler to add into your operations.
The difference between mechanical and hydraulic is fairly simple, although depending on your business the differences can make or break your operation.

Mechanical Dock Leveler

A mechanical dock leveler does not require electricity. The mechanism functions by means of a pully and chain contraption. It’s a simple and has a more affordable upfront cost. Mechanical dock levelers do seem to be harder on your employees because they require them to bend and strain more in order to have the dock leveler function. To lower this type of dock leveler, you simply need to walk out on it, and the weight of yourself will lower it down to function.
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Hydraulic Dock Leveler

A Hydraulic dock leveler is a longer lasting dock leveler that does not require as much effort on the side of the operator. These dock levelers feature controls that allow you to raise and lower the dock without any physical effort. The hydraulic dock leveler is going to be more costly up front, but will likely last longer.
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What is best for you and your company?

When you are beginning the process of finding a dock leveler for your operation it’s important to recognize your needs. What are you searching for in a leveler? What functionality do you need your dock leveler to have? It’s crucial to know what you want out of your leveler and what needs you are trying to meet with it in order to make a good decision for which leveler will be the best addition for your ventures. Some things that might help you discover your needs are things like signaling, various control features, safety elements, and capacity ability. Certain industries have various environments as well as requirements for their work flow to function, recognizing your industries needs will be the first step in narrowing down what you are looking for in a dock leveler.

Once you have narrowed down each of the things that you need from your dock leveler, you’ll be able to think about other things such as maintenance costs. This is another important thing to consider when trying to find the right dock leveler for your business. Maintenance costs as well as lifespan vary between mechanical and hydraulic docks. A hydraulic dock leveler likely will cost more up front, but it’s been found that hydraulic dock levelers generally last longer than mechanical levelers which means that you more than likely will spend more maintaining and keeping up with your mechanical leveler.

The last thing we encourage people to consider is going to be what environment is your leveler going to be a part of? Think about your loading dock environment that you are trying to put a dock leveler in. Is your business heavily refrigerated? How much space do you have? Do your products vary – do you need something that is widely versatile? Think about the environment that you are in, not only with your facility, but also with your product. This might help you make a more pointed decision of which dock leveler is going to best serve you as well as provide you with the best functionality and maximize your productivity.

If you have questions about which dock leveler is right for you, contact us today! Our team has years of service with dock levelers and can help you decide which leveler is right for your company.

The Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance For Your Compactors & Balers

Machinery provides great advantages to businesses today – increasing productivity and reducing operating costs are just some of the many positive effects that it can have for a business. Although it can produce great returns, owning and operating a business with regularly running machines needs to be strategically thought through. Much like people, engineered objects are not invincible, compactors and balers will break and of course undergo regular wear and tear of use! Have you ever heard the old saying, “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it?” this phrase is still religiously lived by for some business and machine owners. Baler and compactor preventive maintenance might seem like more work and more costly up front but we are here to tell you that it will create countless benefits for your company in the long haul. What are some of the benefits?

“Preventive maintenance: Maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly."

Operational Safety

Operational safety should be at the top priority and goal of EVERY business. This means keeping your employees safe by creating a safe work environment, following safety rules, as well as keeping your equipment running safely. As you perform preventive maintenance on your compactors and balers you are taking the steps to regularly check and double check that they are running properly, and they do not have any alarming symptoms that might lead to a break down, or a dangerous situation for any of your employees. 

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Reduced Maintenance Costs

Any manager, owner, or business professional wants to keep costs down in order to make the most profit possible, right? By implementing baler and compactor preventive maintenance into your business model, it’s extremely likely that you will actually be reducing overall maintenance costs. The time and cost put into routinely checking through your compactors and balers will likely save you from needing to take the time and money to pay for a large broken-down machine. As you routinely check your balers and compactors, you will be replacing parts as they begin to wear, which will not only more than likely save you from a big breakdown where you need to replace multiple parts on top of losing production time!

Decreased Down Time

Decreasing your down time when a machine breaks is crucial to lowering your overall operations cost in the long term picture. Maintaining your balers and compactors regularly will likely result in less unexpected repairs and replacements – and when those unexpected times do come, there’s a bigger chance that the repair will not be as drastic as it could have been if the machine had not been under routine surveillance. That decrease in down time adds up over time not only making your business more efficient, but also more cost effective.

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Operations Efficiency

Operations efficiency can not only save you money, but it makes you MORE money. Machines obviously go through normal wear and tear, just like any other tangible object. The great thing about machines though, is that you can replace individual parts based on the wear and tear that they endure. As a compactor and baler gets older and has basic wear and tear, things won’t continue to work as fast and sometimes you will even see a noticeable change in the speed of operation. Replacing parts affecting the speed and productivity will keep up your efficiency while also preventing a breakdown that might leave you in a bad spot.

Extend Machine Life

Extending your machine life can sometimes be as easy as habitually checking your compactors and balers. If one piece of your machine fails or is failing; replacing the one part will likely prevent other parts from failing as a result of the first initial breaking piece. This in turn will begin to extend the life of the individual machine pieces, as well as raising the overall live expectancy of the machine.

Running a compactor and baler in your everyday business operations requires a maintenance plan, in order to maximize your work. Not only do baler and compactor preventive maintenance plans help businesses save money and stay on top of operations, but it also contributes to a safe and secure work environment for your employees which goes a lot further than just making them feel valued – it will create a positive name and reputation for your company as well as the individuals who work there.
So, if you do not practice preventive maintenance on your machines, you now know why it’s so important – but how do you begin to implement a plan after months, years, or decades of running your business the same way…with no routine maintenance? We suggest that you create a team of individuals to be responsible for overseeing the program. A good mix might be a to have a person from production, management, and maintenance. After your team has been formed we suggest that you make a plan of exactly which machines need to be checked when, how they need to be checked & what the best way is for that to happen. For example, you might want to make sure to check Baler A, B, & C’s electrical and hydraulics on the first of every other month because they are your oldest machines, then Compactor D & E every 6 months because they don’t get used quite as often and don’t have quite the same wear and tear as some other machines. If you do not have an experience mechanic on staff to do these checks for you, you can schedule these routine “check-ups” with Speed-Tech Equipment, or your local compactor and baler provider.

Remember, baler and compactor preventive maintenance is a great way to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, and is part of a successful formula to keep your business running the way you want – but it’s not guaranteed to always be 100% successful. Machines are still machines and we cannot always predict when something will break or when/how some sort of external situation will affect equipment in an unforeseen way.

To Learn More About Preventive Maintenance as well as Full Equipment Rebuilds, Installations, and Onsite Repair Services

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The NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers Difference

Loading Dock Levelers: What's the Difference

Speed-Tech Equipment is your certified dealer for all of Michigan. We have been selling Nordock’s various types of loading dock levelers for the past several years.  

Mechanical Levelers

The mechanical loading dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

AirDock Levelers

The NORDOCK® Airdock™ Levelers are designed with the patented ‘Next Generation Air’™ technology. This technology makes these levelers revolutionary in improving loading dock productivity and efficiency.

We provide these NORDOCK® series of their AirDock™ levelers:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

Nordock Airdock Levelers Industrial Series

Hydraulic Levelers

The next series of NORDOCK® levelers that we carry are the Hydraulic Series. These levelers are able to raise the deck to the needed height with the simple push of a button. This is made possible by utilizing a patented system of only one hydraulic cylinder. We sell five different NORDOCK® series of these levelers:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

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SHF Hydraulic Dock Leveler

NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers

The mechanical loading dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

Not sure what type of leveler you need?

Contact Us!

We are here to help you find the best leveler suited for your loading dock based on your specific needs. What we have listed here are just brief introductions to each type of the NORDOCCK® levelers we sell. By answering any questions you may have, we’ll be able to help you determine which of the various series is the best solution for your particular loading dock.

4 Signs Your Commercial Garage Door Might Need Maintenance

Common Reasons Your Commercial Garage Door May Need Service or Repair

Does your commercial garage door need maintenance or repairs?
Maybe even just a tune up?
To save you from being scammed by a garage door repair company, here are some reasons why your garage door may need fixing.

Malfunctioning Photo-Eye

Photo eyes are necessary to keep the garage door from closing if an object passes through or something is blocking the infrared beams. They are very important to lessen the chances of accidents. Photo-eyes though can be picky, and if one is not quite lined up correctly, it may cause your commercial garage door not to close. By moving the photo-eye so that it lines up with the other should cause the garage door to close.

Another reason the photo-eye could be malfunctioning is debris and dirt on the eye. Clean the photo-eye carefully and your door should now properly open and close.

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garage door spring

Broken Spring

A spring is very important because it provides tension to help the garage door opener lift the garage door. This issue is easily diagnosed. Springs are usually above the garage door near a wall. If you have two springs on the wall, you will probably need both replaced. Warning: do not try this on your own. It can be dangerous. Call a professional repair company to handle it.

Malfunctioning Remote Control

If you tried to fix the door with photo-eyes and spring and there is still an issue, another reason could be your remote control to the garage door. The remote could just need a new battery. If you replace the battery and it still doesn’t work, call the garage door company to diagnose the problem. Usually, one would not need a new garage door opener, unless of course, it is more than 10 years old.

Noisy Door

Noisy doors are more common than you might think. There could be multiple reasons why your door is loud. This issue though can most likely be fixed with a manufacturer’s recommended lubricant. The parts of the garage door, including springs, hinges, and rollers, should be lubricated regularly to keep the parts running smoothly for years. If this isn’t the issue, contact us as you may need a replacement part of your garage door system.

What is best for you and your company?

All these are common reasons why commercial garage doors need repairs. If these are not the causes of your garage door problem, you may need a professional to come take a look. Contact us today and we will help identify the root cause and fix the problem. Want to learn more information? Click here to see what we do!

Safety and Commercial Vehicle Restraints

Safety and Commercial Vehicle Restraints When it comes to safety, we are committed to investing in the protection of our own lives and the lives of others when purchasing safety equipment from Speed Tech Equipment.  When it comes to safety, we are committed to investing in the protection of our own lives and the lives of others when purchasing safety equipment from Speed Tech Equipment.

While dealing with automobiles, it is important to note the potential dangers, especially while dealing with large trucks and trailers. It only makes sense for us to be concerned about safety when enormous vehicles traveling in excess of 60mph are involved in moving heavy equipment.

These vehicle restraints offered by Speed Tech Equipment will assist in avoiding injury while projects are being completed. You can see a full line of what we offer below.  If you are looking for something not on the list, contact us, we might just have it available.

“Vehicle restraints are a critical factor when it comes to protecting us from injury to ourselves and others"

Loading Dock Vehicle Restraints

The NORDOCK® AR-9500 Impact Restraint is a rotating vehicle restraint that automatically adjusts to the height of your trailer to provide you with the safest loading experience possible.

This unit connects the rear guard rail of your vehicle to a large rotating hook which fastens your trailer to the loading dock. Attaching your trailer to the loading dock with this automatic hook keeps the trailer from rolling away and keeps your hands away from moving machinery. Without this device your trailer has the potential to roll away, causing possible injury or damage. Restraining your vehicle with this device keeps you and others around you safe.

Nordock AR-9500
nordock pit hook

The NORDOCK®Pit-Hook is a non-impact invisible alternative. This unit is mounted underneath the loading dock, away from any debris, and is designed to keep the area clear of possible hazards. Trailers are held tightly in place via the rear impact guard, stopping the trailer from slowly separating from the dock. Trailer creep may cause the trailer to inch forward until it is no longer being held in place.  Without this unit, when the trailer is released it may roll forward or topple over. With no control of the trailer, the user is putting themselves and those around them at risk of harm.This Pit-Hook will prevent trailer creep and keep the trailer in place.

The NORDOCK® TRUCK-LOCK® Series | Automatic Vehicle Restraints is an automatic system that secures a truck at the loading dock by connecting the rear impact guard with a large barrier. While loading, a positive contact is maintained by the HYDRA-FLOAT™ barrier that automatically adjusts to various truck heights.Once the rear impact guard is connected, a barrier-mounted sensor provides positive communication to the operator regarding the location of the trailer. This automation will keep the truck in a secure position while also allowing for less human error and fewer safety hazards.

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The NORDOCK® TRUCK-LOCK® Series | Manual Vehicle Restraint locks trucks into place with 32,000 lb. of restraining force thus improving safety. It locks the truck by connecting the rear impact guard with a large barrier.

Positive communication verifying that the rear impact guard is connected is transmitted to the operator by the barrier-mounted sensor on the Model MTL-300. The spring-loaded barrier adjusts automatically to the different truck heights and sustains positive contact throughout loading operations. The positive connection alert allows the user to be sure of the connection before beginning operations, creating fewer safety issues.

Accidents happen every single day, but shouldn’t we be doing everything in our power to prevent them from happening? Safety should always be a major concern when working with heavy machinery and Speed Tech Equipment is here to provide products that help keep you on your feet and working safely. Browse through our website to view our Loading Dock Vehicle Restraints or call us to assist in finding the product that’s right for you.

Baler or Compactor | Which is right for your company?

A business that handles waste is a business that needs either a baler or compactor.

Using either a baler or compactor will help make your business run easier and reduce waste handling costs. Every company is striving to increase recycling, and having a baler or a compactor is the way to go.

The difficult decision is choosing what one to get. What is the difference between baler or compactor? How do you decide what one to get? What is the best one for your business? Here are the differences to help you choose the best fit for your needs and business.


Balers are machines that help pack large amounts of recyclable material into compact and smaller shape, allowing easier storage and shipment. In addition to this, they give companies another source of income. They are grouped into two categories: vertical baler (aka downstroke balers) and horizontal baler. See the difference between vertical and horizontal balers here

A baler is used to pack mainly recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, plastics, metal, etc. The materials are then condensed into bales for easy storage and transport. Eventually, these bales are brought to a recycling company for resale and reuse.



are used to reduce and compress large volumes of trash into a contained area. It can handle different types of waste to reduce its size and make it easier to handle and transport. There are different kinds of compactors, including food waste compactors, self- cleaning compactors, and polystyrene compactors.

Benefits of a baler are as follows:

  • Provide a tidier, cleaner work space environment
  • Reduce cost of waste disposal
  • Create additional earnings, depending on the material and volume of waste
  • Increase amount recycled

  • Be an example to others, including customers, that it is necessary to recycle
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Benefits of a compactor are as follows:

  • Easier loading and transporting waste
  • Ideal for bulky waste that needs compacting
  • Bin tipping option available. This gives a potential reduction of manual handling.
  • Reduce costs for transport since the bales of the compactor take up less space
  • Self-cleaning compactors are available
  • Reduces overall number of trash pickups
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What is best for you and your company?

With an understanding of both balers and compactors, you can determine what would be best for you. Both compactors and balers are great for saving money, helping the environment, and the transportation and handling of materials.

Speed-Tech Equipment offers a wide range of balers and compactors. Our balers include horizontal balers and vertical balers. Our compactors include stationary compactors, self-contained compactors, and vertical compactors.Need help choosing? Give Speed-Tech Equipment a call at 616-669-2142 or contact us! 

At Speed-Tech Equipment, our goal is to help people and businesses recycle and reduce waste by providing the right equipment for the job

Vertical or Horizontal Baler? What is the Difference?

Balers are necessary to a recycling program. They help pack large amounts of recyclable material into compact and smaller shape, allowing easier storage and shipment. In addition to this, they give companies another source of income. They are grouped into two categories: vertical baler (aka downstroke balers) and horizontal baler. Now do you use a vertical or horizontal baler for your application? Let’s go over it! 

Vertical Balers

Vertical balers are those that compress materials with a vertical, downward force and pressure. They are smaller than horizontal balers. Materials that are recyclable, like corrugated cardboard, plastics, and foam, are inserted into the baler. Once the chamber is full at a specified level, the ram or arm of the baler moves downward, crushing the waste. The machine bundles and ejects the crushed waste after they have been compacted. Vertical balers can process most of the same materials processed by horizontal balers


Advantages of Vertical Balers

  • Vertical balers tend to be cheaper than horizontal balers. They are usually one fifth or sometimes one tenth the price of horizontal balers. The reason for this is because they are smaller.
  • Vertical balers can handle a variety of recyclables, while horizontal balers can only handle a few specified materials. Some examples of waste vertical balers range from office paper to non-ferrous metals. You can purchase a specialized vertical baler, which can process things like aluminum to beverage containers.
  • Vertical balers take up less space than horizontal balers. They can be used where horizontal balers would be impractical.

Disadvantages of Vertical Balers

  • Smaller models of vertical balers may not produce bales that are “mill standard”. This makes it hard to sell to buyers.
  • Even though vertical balers are smaller than horizontal, they are taller and can be hard to find a place for them.
  • Vertical balers may not work for recyclables that have less elasticity when baled, like office paper or newspaper.

Horizontal Balers

Horizontal balers process waste by having it thrown into a hopper on top of the machine. This hopper is connected to a conveyor system. When the hopper is full, a ram or arm compresses the material with horizontal force until the bale is made. The bale is then tied off with wires and ejected from the machine.

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Advantages of Horizontal Balers

  • Horizontal Balers can handle large amounts of recycling each day. The bales they produce then are larger and more consistent in dense and weight.
  • Horizontal Balers can process a wide variety of recyclable materials. From aluminum to office paper, they can do it all.
  • Horizontal Balers can be used to your convenience. You have options of in-ground or above ground conveyor belts, shredders, and air systems. A machine likes this provide help to the consumer and requires less manpower to operate.

Disadvantages of Vertical Balers

  • Horizontal balers take up much more floor space. Some go up to 40 feet in length.
  • Horizontal balers are much more expensive than vertical balers, not including the conveyance, air, or shredding systems. Adding these accessories can increase the price even more

So how do you decide what baler you should buy? There are many variables that you must consider, but the main ones are as follows: The number of bales produced a day, how much money you can spend, and how much space available for the baler. Once you answer these questions, you will have a clear choice of what baler is right for you.

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