Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor
Last updated: October 30, 2019
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With a 1/3-horsepower motor, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor can crush even your toughest containers and food items. You'll get 2,200 pounds of force per square inch when you fire this compactor up, plus anti-jamming capabilities. Since it weighs 150 pounds, you'll need to rely on the wheels to get your garbage to the outdoor trash cans for pickup.In our analysis of 160 expert reviews, the Gladiator Modular Garage Trash Compactor placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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Now you can have all the benefits of a trash compactor without taking up valuable kitchen space. This Gladiator 15 in. compactor features rugged Gladiator brand styling, and casters for easy mobility. It is perfect for minimizing the volume of trash, decreasing the number of trash bags used, and reducing the number of trips to the curb. Amazon.com The Gladiator GarageWorks GACP15XXMG Modular Garage Trash Compactor provides all the benefits and convenience you’re looking for in a heavy-duty compactor, without taking up valuable space. Featuring rugged styling, and complete with casters for easy mobility, this compactor minimizes the volume of trash to cut down on trash bags used and minimizes trips to the curb. Strong Enough to Reduce Garbage by 75 Percent The Modular Garage Trash Compactor offers a 1.4-cubic-foot capacity, and it can be used to compress trash and recyclables, including aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and paper products. It creates a cleaner environment by keeping garbage and odors contained, and is an alternative to packing everything in trash bags. To dramatically reduce shop trash and handle heavy-duty compacting, this handy garage appliance comes equipped with a 1/3-horsepower motor with a compression ability of 2,200 pounds per square inch. You’ll get a 4:1 compaction ratio and approximately 75% less garbage volume. User-Friendly, Portable Design Complete with a Touch Toe drawer opener that lets you open the compactor via a foot pedal, the Modular Garage Trash Compactor has a bin that opens smoothly on rails, even under the weight of heavy loads. The compactor also includes solid rubber casters, which increase the overall stability of the unit and make it easier to move. The front casters lock with a simple push, and the swiveling rear casters let you move the unit easily around your garage. Operation is simple thanks to the On/Off/Start key. And to help maintain smooth, trouble-free compacting, this unit has an automatic anti-jam feature that allows the compression ram to automatically reverse to prevent jams when the door is opened during operation. The Modular Garage Trash Compactor is backed by a one-year limited warranty. What’s in the Box GACP15XXMG Trash Compactor with hammered granite cabinet finish and manual.
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If you’re taking the trash out far too many times each week, a trash compactor could be just the solution you need. A compactor consolidates your trash so that you can go longer between trips. Large families find compactors handy every day, but even a smaller household will find it useful when friends or relatives are visiting.
At one time, if you wanted a trash compactor, you had to go with a motor-equipped unit. Having a motor automatically upped the price you’d pay. While compactors that use motors are still around, there are also trash cans that make it easy for you to manually compact. You’ll just use a tool and some elbow grease to consolidate your trash as you notice the can is beginning to fill.
One thing to keep in mind before you buy a trash compactor is that your garbage doesn’t reduce in weight because you’ve crushed it. For that reason, many compactors come with wheels so that you can more easily transport your garbage to your outdoor trash bins. If you don’t have this feature, you’ll want to at least occasionally test the weight of your bags to make sure you can carry them.
Whether you buy a trash compactor or regular trash can, sensors can come in very handy. Instead of touching the lid or pressing a foot pedal to open it, you simply wave your hand near the top. Newer trash cans also automatically close as you’re walking away. This hands-free operation helps keep your hands clean so you can continue working in the kitchen without worrying about bacteria.
By their very nature, trash cans harbor odors. This can be a problem if your can is in your kitchen, where you’re also trying to cook and eat. If you’re buying a trash compactor, you’ll be dealing with food sticking around even longer before you take it to your outdoor cans.
“I highly recommend looking for a trash compactor with built-in odor control,” says our home improvement pro Vicki Liston. Her award-winning show, “On The Fly…DIY” has tons of fun home tutorials. “Think about it — you are using this appliance so you can squeeze four to six times more garbage in per bag. More garbage means more smell and more room in that can means longer timeframes between taking it out. You are definitely going to want constant and continuous odor control so your kitchen doesn’t smell like a landfill.”
If you’re shopping for a trash can that compacts your garbage, you’re likely concerned about how much your can will hold before it needs to be emptied. Although many compactors have similar capacities to trash cans, that capacity is calculated before the trash has been compacted. So you’ll need to look at a compactor’s rate of reduction. If you can cut a full can of garbage down by 50% or more, you’ll find those trips to the outside cans are dramatically reduced.