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    Default NH Baler 276 vs 277

    I have both a NH 276 and a 277. Pickup the 276 first. It needs a little work so I picked up the 277 for parts. As it turns out I think the 277 is in better shape than the 276. Things I know...the 277 is 1970 model and the 276 is a 1972 model. The 277 has a little wider pickup. The 276 has a little taller profile.

    Does anyone know any other advantages or disadvantage between these two models?

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    I think the 277 would bale more bales per hour?

    Been a long time since we had one of them.

    The wider the pickup the easier in most cases, except when you need to go a narrow road


    Quote Originally Posted by stoillion View Post
    I have both a NH 276 and a 277. Pickup the 276 first. It needs a little work so I picked up the 277 for parts. As it turns out I think the 277 is in better shape than the 276. Things I know...the 277 is 1970 model and the 276 is a 1972 model. The 277 has a little wider pickup. The 276 has a little taller profile.

    Does anyone know any other advantages or disadvantage between these two models?
    Jake

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    I don't have an answer to your question, but a similar story. I picked up an I.H. 47 to use as parts for my I.H. 37. I payed $500 for the 37 and $60 for the 47. I got the 47 home and cleaned the 5 inches of accumulated pine needles off of it, and started turning it over. I got it all greased up and it turns out that it's in better shape then the $500 37. Now I bale with my $60 parts baler, and use the $500 one for parts.

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    What size is the bale chamber on the 277? The NH 276 is 14" x 18" which is the standard common size that most people prefer in small square bales. I am not sure but I think the NH 277 may be larger at 16" x 18" which is not a big deal as long as you (and your customers) can handle lifting the bigger heavier bales since the bale length would probaby be adjusted for 36" of bale length on both of these models for easier stacking. While you could simply make a shorter bale on the larger baler to make the bale weight the same, Most people adjust the bale length for 2x the width for the best brick like stacking.

    My back would prefer lifting the smaller bales if there is a difference.

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    The NH 276 & 277 both have 14 x 18 chambers, 12 to 52 bale lengths and 80 strokes per minute max. Based on the specifications in the manuals, the only differences I could find are: The 277 is 5 wider, 2.5 shorter in height, 6.5 shorter in length, weighs 260 lbs more, the pickup is 8-3/4 wider but has 37.4 Sq. In. smaller feed opening, has twice as many feeding tines and its stroke is 4 shorter.

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    the 277 is a better baler to bale it will bale a tighter and heavier bale then the 276

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    Default Re: NH Baler 276 vs 277

    I've been using the NH 277 for a number of years now. I noticed some play in the plunger and a couple of frozen plunger bearings, so I'm working on it now. There are 10 large bearings on the plunger and they are $57 ea through NH. I pulled the plunger out of the NH 276 to salvage any bearing that I could. It turns out that the plungers and guides are very different in the two balers. The 277 is much heavier built than the 276. There were only two of these large bearings on the 276 and the rest are much smaller. But at least these 2 were good and will be used in the 277. :-) I also found the bearings on the internet for $29.74 (under JD part number AE30220). Next was the plunger slide plates. These are the "replacable" parts that the plunger bearings role against. The ones on the bottom right were very worn.

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