The 5000 is a big, strong crusher for

  • plastic jugs, bottles and cartons up to a size of one gallon or 5 L
  • aluminum drink cans, eg soft drink cans and beer cans
  • small steel food cans, horizontally in two steps

Built to last in grade 304 (18/10) stainless steel

Weighs 33 lb, 15kg

Space required:

  • height on the wall for a full swing of the handle 45″, 114cm
  • width 11″, 28cm
  • depth, while crusher is at rest 10″, 25cm
  • depth, space off the wall for a full swing of the handle 24″, 60cm


Types of plastic

HDPE plastic bottle crusher – milk jug, milk carton, milk bottle

LDPE plastic bottle crusher – laboratory bottle, chemical bottle, medical bottle

PET plastic bottle crusher – water bottle, soda bottle, soft drink bottle


Crush pressure

The crush pressure changes as the handle is pulled down through its cycle

We have measured pressure up to 1700 lb / 800kg at points in the cycle

Despite the power of the 5000, some plastics are just too hard and strong to crush in the 5000, eg the hard plastic in a reusable plastic water bottle



The plastic bottle should have a cap in the middle or near middle of the bottle

Will not crush jerry-can-style plastic containers with the cap at one end, eg the common one gallon or 5L chemical container

Maximum diameter of bottle cap is 2 inches, 50mm to fit through the hole in the crush plate

Some laboratory plastic bottles have a large cap that is the same size as the bottle, ie there are no shoulders under the cap.  For these we recommend our balers, model 6000, 7000 or 8000

The chamber is only 12 inches, 30cm tall.  Bottles taller than 13 or 14 inches, or 35cm might not fit into the crush chamber of a 5000 unless they have a long neck underneath the cap.  Tall bottles and cartons may be pre-squashed manually to fit them into the chamber


How to crush a small steel food can

Steel cans are very strong – too strong to crush vertically / standing upright

The safe and smart way to size reduce a steel can in a model 5000 is to flatten it horizontally in two steps

  • make sure one end of the can is open, ie tin lid is removed or near removed
  • lay the can in the crush chamber, with the open end of the can facing in, the solid end of the can facing out and that end being out of range of the crush plate when it descends the first time
  • crush once and the open end is flattened, the closed end tilts forward
  • raise the handle and push the partly crushed can all the way into the chamber
  • crush a second time, it should flatten easily


Wall mounting the crusher

(or horizontal mounting on a benchtop)

The model 5000 comes with
– fixing screws for timber studs/posts/walls
– masonry anchors for fixing to a brick or concrete wall.

It can be fixed to a steel post if you source the correct fixing screws for steel

You need a power drill to fix the screws or anchors, preferably 3 inches or 7cm deep into the wall