Posted 27 Oct by

There are so many variables to take into account when pricing a pallet wrapping machine. In general, prices start at $5,000 for a basic machine and increase based on the size of the pallet being wrapped in terms of widths, depth, and height.

A word of warning. When quoted for an entry level pallet wrapping machine, $5,000 is a good starting point. If it’s any less than this, be sure to check if the price includes GST, delivery and installation costs. All our quotes are fully inclusive. Get in touch with us if you are considering purchasing a new pallet machine as there are more affordable models coming onto the market soon.

Our more heavy-duty machines, like our two-tonne machines, start from about $6,500, and our PPS machines, our power-pre-stretched machines, start from about $8,500. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty machine with high output, your investment will naturally need to be higher. A fully auto machine with automatic attach, cut, and seal will cost upwards of $20,000.

Upfront costs vs usage costs

In the same way you would weigh up costs when investing in any machinery, such as a vehicle or a printer, you need to look at the running and material costs to help make your decision. With pallet wrapping machines, it’s safe to say that choosing a more expensive machine will typically save you money in the long run when you factor in materials and maintenance.

When making your decision, we recommend starting by assessing your needs. It may be worthwhile to invest in a heavy duty machine, or one with a more suitable head unit, if you plan to wrap numerous pallets per day. It will cost more upfront, but you will have better long-term savings thanks to fewer repairs and savings in the wrap.

Let’s look at a machine with a two-tonne capacity compared to a pallet wrapping machine with a 1,200-kilogram capacity, using them to wrap the same amount of pallets per day. The more expensive machine, comparatively, will need half as much maintenance as a cheaper machine when looking at a similar output.

What to look for in an ‘entry-level’ machine

If you are looking for an entry-level machine, we recommend looking at one with up to 20 standard height (1,220mm) pallets a day with fork load and unload. A great solution is the Eva 1500KG Capacity Pallet Wrapping Machine Version XF2010. The Italian-made machine has a 1,500kg capacity. It also has heavy-duty components such as a heavy-duty chain drive for turns and carriage ascent.

Cheaper devices, we’ve found, would possibly only have 1,200kg capacity. They’ll be belt-driven for carriage ascent, and tend to experience more problems than the chain drive. They’ll likely also have smaller gear gearboxes, which will wear out faster.

Another consideration is the electronics. Even some of the more expensive machines come with custom boards and custom inverters, which notoriously give problems. Our machines use generic inverters like Schneider Electric. Being popular, any electrician will be familiar with them, and they will be readily available as spares.

Enquire before you buy

Chat to us about incentives, such as discounts, offered for customers buying more than one machine. We also provide several payment options to our customers. If it’s not feasible to buy a pallet wrapping machine outright, ask us about rental options or having the machine payments invoiced over three to six months to spread the load. Rental solutions are popular for many reasons, including the fact that maintenance costs are included in the contract.