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    Default which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    Ok so I'm looking into buying a round baler and hope to start doing some costom baling this year. My neighbor said that he would recomend getting a 4x5 beacause the bales sell faster due to ther portability. Then my other neighbor said he would recomend getting a 5x5 beacause many cattle and ranch owners would prefer the extra hay per bale. any recommendations?

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    I'll give you a firewood analogy: you can burn 16" wood in a 24" firebox but not the other way around. When I sold firewood I made everything 16" because of that. Are there any advantages from one size baler to another? A 5X5 bale may be too big for some people to handle with their equipment. That's my
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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    Well that adds up. thanks for the

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    I agree, plus it's a bit easier to transport 4x5's.
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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    The folks in my area went to 4 foot rolls because the DOT was a pain with a 10 foot wide load.

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    im a life long cattlemen an have fed differnt sizes of hay over the years.when we was in the dairy business we baled our own hay.an we only used 5 by 6 balers because you didnt have to feed as often.but last year the custom baler we used had a 4 by 6 baler.so this year we are feeding 8 or bales a week insted of 7 of the big bales.now most people use 4 by 5 or 4 by 6 balers because they are easy to handle an fitt on a trailer nicely.

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    Get the 5x5 and you can always set it to bale a 5x4. I like the 5x4 for hauling but before I bought my own I always had someone bale 5x6's.

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    So would a 4x6 be near eaqual to a 5x5 as far as wieght and mass go?

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    Default Re: which to buy 4x5 or 5x5

    Quote Originally Posted by ejm15 View Post
    Ok so I'm looking into buying a round baler and hope to start doing some costom baling this year. My neighbor said that he would recomend getting a 4x5 beacause the bales sell faster due to ther portability. Then my other neighbor said he would recomend getting a 5x5 beacause many cattle and ranch owners would prefer the extra hay per bale. any recommendations?
    4 X 5 will tip over sometime on uneven fields. You have to watch where you dump them. FWIW, I would charge the same for rolling a 4 X 5 as a 5 X 5. Makes more bales that you get paid for, offsets, using more twine and spending more time tie cycling the smaller bales. Ken Sweet
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    A 5x5 is 98 cubic feet, a 4x6 is 75 cubic feet.
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