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    Default Re: oat hay Baling issues

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher View Post
    My neighbor baled his irrigated alfalfa 3-twine, 100-120 lb bales. His customers complained about the weight so he changed to 2-twine 45-55 lb bales. Even then he was losing money what with the cost of consumables (irrigation water, fuel, fertilizer, etc). So he ripped his fields last fall, leveled them and planted a plum tree orchard for prunes (aka dried plums) last month. Sunsweet pays better than the alfalfa buyers.
    If 3 twine balers are used around here, they must be well hidden because I've never seen one. I knew there had to be at least one in California because, I've seen the bales on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckmotor View Post
    If 3 twine balers are used around here, they must be well hidden because I've never seen one. I knew there had to be at least one in California because, I've seen the bales on TV.
    Yesterday my next door neighbor baled about 8 acres of non-irrigated oat hay with his 3-twine baler.

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    Another neighbor down the road and around the corner bales about 25 acres of irrigated alfalfa with a self-propelled 3-twine baler

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    A third neighbor baled about 150 acres of non-irrigated oat hay with a 3-twine baler.

    Those things are all over the place around here.

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    Default Re: oat hay Baling issues

    I never seen an aftermarket sq baler drive system such as in your photo.
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    Default Re: oat hay Baling issues

    Those things are all over the place around here.[/QUOTE]

    Does just one man usually throw those big bales on a truck?

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    Oh gotcha. When I was working on this baler frying to get it to tie a k.ot I set it to about 15 inch lengths the kids loved that!

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    They only load by hand if the bale picker is broke. But in highschool I delivered hay for a feed store and got to hand move 60 100-120 lb bales. And stack them in people's sheds.

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    Default Re: oat hay Baling issues

    Quote Originally Posted by donais View Post
    Oh gotcha. When I was working on this baler frying to get it to tie a k.ot I set it to about 15 inch lengths the kids loved that!
    I do that manually when I finish baling a cutting and want to clean out the baler. Perhaps I should do that for the last 2 bales to make the easier to get out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Jim View Post
    I never seen an aftermarket sq baler drive system such as in your photo.
    Don't think it's available nowadays. It's vintage from the 1970s. It's called a "One Wheeler" and it was made by Keith Foster in Madras, OR.

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    The name on the side of my neighbor's one wheeler is "Keith Rankins". Don't know the significance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckmotor View Post
    Those things are all over the place around here.
    Does just one man usually throw those big bales on a truck?[/QUOTE]

    The bales are dropped on the field. Generally the small time buyers just drive onto the field with their pickups and load their flat bed trailers with a dozen or so bales. My neighbor has a New Holland bale stacker for moving the bales to the barnyard. He has used the stacker to make large volume deliveries to nearby customers.

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    Default Re: oat hay Baling issues

    Handling those big bales ought to build a 'young' man man up. I suspect they'd tear this 'old' man down.

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