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07-12-2012, 08:30 AM #11
- Join Date
- Jun 2005
- Northern California-Tehama Co.
- 2008 Mahindra 5525, 1964 MF-135 diesel, 1951 Farmall Super A, 1951 Minneapolis Moline BF, 1945 Oliver 60 Row Crop, 1949 JD B widefront
Re: CK25HST w/ JD 24T baler
Lookin good. Nice to see that old baler going again. Mine is a MF124 (two twine, small squares) that I run with my 2008 Mahindra 5525 (55 hp engine, 45 hp pto, 2WD, gear tranny 8F/2R, power steering). Balers are fun
07-12-2012, 10:09 PM #12
100 percent fun! Really neat thing is that 3 weeks ago, the baler was sitting in my neighbors back 40/bush ready to be sold for scrap. Limped it home (wasn't sure how greased the axles were) and watched one tire deflate and the other pop the next day (scared the crud out of me!). Read a ton of blogs/threads on the how and what people have done to resurrect these animals...! Bought a few tools (box head ratchet for the knotter removal was a necessity), plenty of springs, grease zerks, cotter pins, penetrating oil, and other hardware... Grew up in the city - living the life now in the country!
08-13-2012, 08:37 PM #13
Baling the hay was fun... Baling straw next was even more fun!
120 bales at around 35lbs each worked best. Tried to tighten up the compressor springs, but would get 3-4 good bales at ~50lbs and then miss a knot... Then repeat. Loosened and had no misses but lighter bales.
Had to go slow-the windrows were HUGE for the baler... But finished 120 in about 2.5 hours. So far, only great results with the smaller tractor. Will do 4th cut alfalfa this week for the neighbor's horses... Then winterize for the year...!
08-21-2012, 01:26 PM #14
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