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  1. #11
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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    Thanks guys. Looks like I'll have to step up to the 3x20 series. That's at least a $7 difference here.
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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    Maybe a 4x20. You will feel allot safer. The 4x20 is 8" wider and about 1000 pound heavier. I think that my 4720 is a little on the light side for serious round bale handling. I have 1000 pounds three point ballast and 440 lbs of wheel weight.
    I probably handle 50 to 100 bales a year, and going up. I need a 5085M. Where does it all end?

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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    Mate, when I was shopping for my tractor I truly considered the 3000 series... Then the JD salesman showed me a price comparison and, because the 4105 had less 'pretties', it was actually less expensive. I've got a combination pallet fork/bale spike for the FEL from Fieldquip (Aussie "Frontier") that handles the round bales without a problem. A ballast box (filled with bricks) on the back ballances everything out no worries, high and low.

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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    Quote Originally Posted by Yamezz View Post
    Thanks dstacy. 5x4 is the size I have. In a sample weighed this year, the heaviest was 420kg (925lbs). Are you able to lift them high enough to load onto the bed of a truck?
    I have the 3032e, and feed the horses only round bales. we get the 4x5. The first year was a learning curve, the bucket and tractor can lift the weight, but the loaded tires and a bare 3pth meant that any bump on the back corners and i was on three, or two wheels (not a comfortable situation). I have since added about 400 pounds of steel weights onto a bar of the 3pt and it has no more problems.

    I can lift them to the max height of the 305 loader (Placing them up top of our barn) so a pick up box would have no issue, last year i was able to pile them two high with ease.

    that being said, it is limiting to where you can get your hay because it can't handle much more than 4x5, tried a 5x5 and that was sketchy at best

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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    I had a 3520 and I would not have tried to pick up big rounds with it, but our bales are 1400 lbs. I moved to a 5083E and seems to handle them pretty good. I have not picked one up with the 553 loader, because I don't have a fork for the front.
    Past Rigs:2008 3520. June 2008 to July 2011
    2011 5083E Limited July 2011 to Feb 2013. Long Story
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    Default Re: 3032E/3038E Round Bale Handling

    Thanks for your feedback guys.
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