Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    38
    Location
    Moorefield, West Virginia
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2660

    Default Best Hay Making Tractor

    What size, hp, are best in the hay fields?

  2. #2
    Veteran Member sandyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    1,330
    Location
    Steep Falls, Maine
    Tractor
    Kubota B3350 HSDC

    Default Re: Best Hay Making Tractor

    I have not done any haying myself but those who have use the largest piece of equipment they can afford. Between cutting, tedering, baling, and pulling a fully loaded wagon I would think that you would need a fair amount of horsepower.
    Guess I would put it to your dealer and see what he says.

  3. #3
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Posts
    221
    Location
    Philpot, Ky
    Tractor
    Kubota/ L3010HST, BX 1800

    Default Re: Best Hay Making Tractor

    Hi, I've used a small square baler on my L3010 and had no problems. If your gonna do round bales you will need a lot more horsepower. Also if you plan on using a disc mower they are very heavy and you will need bulk and horsepower to handle one of those. A good dealer should be able to steer you in the right direction.

    Hope this helps...

  4. #4
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    1,993
    Location
    MN
    Tractor
    Ford 960, 7700, TW20, 1720; IHC H, 300; Ollie S77

    Default Re: Best Hay Making Tractor

    Depends on what you want to do. As you imply in the question, not only hp, but also weight of the tractor is important. Balers & hayracks & moco's are heavy, & you need a heavy tractor to stop those items.

    The older square balers (JD & NH are sometimes more dependable) require 15 hp or so to spin the baler (the flywheel does the hard work...) and another 15 hp to pull the tractor & baler through the field. A total of 40 hp on a good heavy tractor can bale, & pull a moderate sized hayrack with 130 bales or so. You really want some type of live pto. Yes, it is possible to bale with lighter tractors etc., but you want to know what works, not what is on the fringe, right? Then the modern high-capacity square balers need about 50 hp just for the baler, you'd like a 80-100 hp tractor on the baler.

    A small round baler can get by with 45 hp, again you need some weight as you are spinning 800 lbs or so of bale! Many round balers prefer 80 hp, and the big boys can make a 125 hp tractor really work.

    To cut the hay, about 20 hp will run a sickle mower, about 40-50 hp will run a haybine (aka moco) and you need some weight on the tractor to control it, and there are bigger outfits that need more hp. There are various spinning cutters that need 25-80 hp.

    Tedding or raking hay is pretty simple, 20 hp is plenty.

    It would only be the biggest CUT that you could consider putting a baler or haybine on - and that would be borderline. Most of the midsized ones can handle a sickle mower & raking.

    --->Paul

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2016 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.