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    I am looking at the purchase of a small haybine. Currently we hay 25 acres mixed grass, mostly for our own use. Have been using a 7' sickle bar mower mounted on a Farmall H. Thinking of upgrading this year to a small Haybine. I have about 45 hp tractor and I would like to keep the price under $2000 or so. I am well acustomed to working with and repairing older equipment. That points me towards an older haybine. I figure with a 9' haybine I should be able to cut considerably faster than my current 1 acre per hour. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks!
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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    I seriously considered an older, haybine at one time as well. The neighbors have an NH that they've used for many years (since retired it, though). I looked at the Deere models - 1207 and 1209. Short story - long: they're all sickle cut and have the roller crimp conditioner's. So, with heavy hay conditions and high moisture near the ground level (those conditions are the routine up here) they ball up and plug and break sections and guards. As well, it's pretty hard to find any with good conditioner rollers. Rubber ones; at least. Split, chunks missing. You won't get good or even conditioning of the hay.

    And, when you plug those bad boys with wet hay - well, you've got your hands full - past the elbows!

    Some of the NH models have the metal on metal rollers. They would be better - IMO - than the rubber ones. At least you'd be better able to adjust and control the crimping distance between the rollers.

    But.... if you've got similar hay conditions (heavy, tall and lot's of ground moisture) and some frustration with your current, 7' sickle mower; I'd have reservations about going to a haybine.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    Many of the issues that AKfish brought up are there especially with the molded rubber rolls. It does make a difference as to your stone population for the roll problem but if you went with a Ih machine they did not use the olded rubber roll and had no issues with them.

    A well adjusted machine would not give to many problems if adjusted right. Stub guards are a plus for better cutting and less hay left on the cutter bar. For his conditions as well as down hay you normally roll the head to the forward position and drop the reel as low as it might go as well as having it moved forward. You might need a set of bolt cutters to trim the tines to keep them out of the cutter bar but if the sections are sharp and the guards are right you shouldn't have any issues.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    1 acre per hour??? Youch a good man can do nearly do that with a hand Sythe. I did faster than that back in the day when I was using a lowly bushog to cut hay. I can easily cut 5.5 acres in an hour with my old well worn Hesston 1120 haybine with only marginal tractor hp to run it . (Farmall h or john deere A).

    In general, the worst worn out haybine is better than a sickle that is in tip top shape. While a haybine also cuts with a sickle the reel greatly helps keep the sickle clear. The haybine will perform when conditions are less than optimal. I never clog and mine is well worn. Look for a Hesston 1110 (7') or a Hesston 1120 (9'). Hesston sells cheaper than most other brands and they are made much simpler so easier to keep working when dealing with older junk. That said I am not a fan of the really old Hesston's like the old PT-7 and PT-10 models.

    Hesston rollers do not delaminate like the NH rollers are prone to doing and the sickle drive system is much much simpler than a NH wobble box. New Holland is usually the brand of choice in haybines, but if the roller delaminates or the wobble box goes on a NH it will cost more to fix the machine than it is worth. I have read many horror stories on the Deere 1207, 1209, 1217, 1219 series to even consider those - people either love those or hate em. Seldom any middle ground on the Deere's plus the prices are usually outrageous too.
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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    I've only cut hay with one cycle mower, New Idea, and one mower conditioner, John Deere. They were both old, worn, and in poor condition. Rankrank1's statement about the reel helping to clear the cycle proved to be true in my case too. I had much better results with the 'haybine'.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    We still use a 477 New Holland haybine here on the farm. Back 12 years ago or so we used it to cut hay for 3 small cattle farms of approximately 100 head. The last 10 years it has been used to cut hay for the neighbors and is in what I would call good condition for it's age. In it's day it was a very good machine. I can not come close to estimating the acreage of hay that machine has cut over the years but it was a lot. Still used today. Good old machine.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    rankrank1, you must be mowing in 4th gear? I currently mow in 2nd gear with the 7 footer, thats where it seams to cut best. I would be real happy with 2 or 3 acres per hour. I like my NH/International dealer real well so those brands most interest me, although we have a good JD dealership as well. I believe the Hesston falls under the Massey and that dealer is less attractive to me, but not out. I am real happy with my current sickle, however the Farmall is a gas hog and in need of rear tires. I need to put $800 in rear tires or could sell the H for $1000, so I figure I could spend $2000 and not really be out too much. I need to spend some money and thought an upgrade is in order.
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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    Quote Originally Posted by rankrank1 View Post
    1 acre per hour??? Youch a good man can do nearly do that with a hand Sythe. I did faster than that back in the day when I was using a lowly bushog to cut hay. I can easily cut 5.5 acres in an hour with my old well worn Hesston 1120 haybine with only marginal tractor hp to run it . (Farmall h or john deere A).
    Boy you had the IHC H or JD A "eared back"(6 MPH +) to cut 5-1/2 acres per hour with a Hesston cutter. I'll bet it was difficult to stay on the seat. I find it difficult to cut 5 acres per hr with a disc mower in the rough(Fire ants & gophers) hay fields I have.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    Quote Originally Posted by AKfish View Post
    Some of the NH models have the metal on metal rollers. They would be better - IMO - than the rubber ones. At least you'd be better able to adjust and control the crimping distance between the rollers.AKfish
    Although I'm not a big fan of JD Mo-Co's the 1209-1219 were some of JD's better efforts to build a hay cutter. Yes if the wobblebox bracket shows any evidence of repair "run don't walk" away. Just for the record the conditioner rolls on the above mentioned models were adjustable for both pressure and spacing.

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    Default Re: Looking at a small Haybine

    I've got an old IH 990 7'. It has served me well for the last 12 years, and was well worn when I bought it. It only cuts 6 acres per cutting for my horses, but works very well. I did have to replace the main drive belt, main drive chain, and the main drive sprocket, which was used, but in almost like new condition. I'll average 2 acres per hour mowing, and that's mowing in 1rst high with the IH 656. I'm not in any hurry, as I figure one cannot get any down time back if you cram an older machine too hard. Seems most years, it's tough to get a clear 4 day window to make hay, except last years drought we experienced...

    As has been mentioned, the reel is great for tall, or wind blown grass. I have a lot of Rye Grass in my mixed hay, and first cutting can get pretty tall. The reel pulling it across the cutter bar, sure beats backing up, and unplugging the ol' sickle bar mower.

    Just be sure you can get parts for whatever you do decide to get. Many parts are getting scarce for the older 990 machines, as an example.

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