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    Veteran Member D7E's Avatar
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    May 2006

    Default Re: How big a tractor for making roll bales?

    Generally we favour the 3x3 square and run that on 155 hp ford but this year we had lots of orders for round bales . I did 575 with our old NH 650 this year on a ford 7600 which is 80 odd pto hp and my mf 390 which is smaller but i like the reverser. Personally i think neither are big enough to run niceley at an acceptable speed to make a perfect bale ...100hp at the pto is what i would want .

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    Southern ,ohio
    john deere 1026r, john deere 2030, ford 8n,Massey ferguson 230

    Default Re: How big a tractor for making roll bales?

    Massey(hesston) model 1734 makes 500 pound round bales spects say 30 pto hp. They have a video on utube explaining product. Good luck.

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    Central MN
    2012 Kubota M7040SUHD


    Massey 1734 is same baler as Case Ih 8420 (i think). Also Hesston 5530 530 and 730. I have a 5530. I baled with 28.5 pto hp Kubota L3400. A bit small. A bigger heavier farm tractor would do fine. Need to have enough weight. I now upgraded to a 7040 and it doesn't even know it's there.

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    Super Member schmism's Avatar
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    Jul 2006
    Peoria IL
    New holland TC(33)

    Default Re: How big a tractor for making roll bales?

    in my neck of the woods, guys with 5' wide bailers will run a 50hp PTO which is usually a 60-65hp engine tractor.

    my neighbor who uses a 5x5 runs it with his 75hp case and you can hear it bog down when he hits large clumps. If you didnt rake your rows real heavy then its easyer on the HP. you can really bog down a machine if your sucking up a big thick windrow.
    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Norman, OK
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    Default Re: How big a tractor for making roll bales?

    My dad didn't have some of his equipment ready for the first cutting this year, so he had someone cut, rake, and bale for him. I don't know the baler model, but it was a John Deere that produced 5' diameter bales, and he was pulling it with an early-model JD 3020 (the hydraulic controls were on the dash), which is a 71-ish PTO HP tractor. He wasn't in a hurry and the property is flat, but it didn't have any trouble with the baling.
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    Dec 2011


    100 HP JD dedicated to the baling and mowing. We like to have the power to avoid bogging down.

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