Hand Stretch Wrap or Machine Stretch Wrap?

Hand stretch wrap or machine stretch wrap? Deciding how to wrap your cartons and products is a careful consideration you should make. There are several factors to take into account when making your choice.

Hand stretch wrap allows you to manually apply the film directly to cartons and products. Conversely, machine wrap stretch film is designed for use on a simple pre-stretch rotary and core brake machines and is particularly effective and efficient for wrapping more than 15 loads per day.

To help you decide on whether your business should invest in hand stretch wrap or machine stretch wrap, we listed three key questions to consider:

  1. How many pallet loads are you currently wrapping and how many pallet loads do you foresee yourself wrapping?

  2. What types of products are you wrapping? Are the products fragile? Are the products in boxes?, Are they irregular in shape? Moreover, are the products stable, unstable, heavy, or light?

  3. How much money do you plan to invest in stretch film? There are different price points for the various types of stretch film and each one has different benefits.  Additionally, if you plan to machine wrap, how much do you plan to spend on the machine? Machines can vary greatly in cost depending on the features and output capacity you require.

Stretch wrap comes in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and types. Which stretch wrap is most suitable for your application depends on the number of factors which include how many pallet loads you are wrapping per day, as well as the type and weight of the cartons and products that you are wrapping.  

Platinum Max Shrink Wrap - available in various sizes

Hand Stretch Wrap or Machine Stretch Wrap?

In general, stretch wrap machines are recommended for businesses wrapping more than 15 loads of pallets per day. Stretch wrap machines help minimize waste, ensure a more consistent, uniform application, and secure pallet loads to increase efficiency.

Toronto Stretch Wrap offers the following machine wrap films: StretchMax, PlatinumMax, Pro-Max, and Axis Stretch Film.

Toronto Stretch Wrap also offers a variety of hand stretch wrap films,  which are particularly useful for businesses that stretch wrap less than 15 loads per day. The hand stretch wrap products that we stock are ready to use out of the box. They are great for businesses that require stretch film, yet do not ship many pallet loads.

The hand wrap stretch films that we offer are: Platinum Max Hand Wrap, V-Maxx Pre-Stretch Hand Film, and Max Wrap Hand Film.

To find out whether hand stretch wrap or machine stretch wrap is ideal for your application, please contact Toronto Stretch Wrap. We are here to answer any inquiries or questions you may have.

We happily serve clients in Toronto, North York, Vaughan, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, and cities in the GTA. We also serve clients nationally across Ontario.

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2899 Steeles Ave. W.,
Units 9 & 10,
North York, Ontario
M3J 3A1


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