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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle670 View Post
    Well I've found a bunch of topics for the older tractors but the problem is I know they changed how they rated the hp on newer tractors. I couldn't find any topics where a newer(>70's) 30hp tractor was running a baler.

    I guess I really just have to try it out. Worst case scenario, I'll have to buy a bigger tractor. Hopefully not.
    Yes the ratings did change around 1959 or so when belt testing was eliminated in favor of PTO shaft testing. It does make the comparison's slightly different but not drastic. Loosely translated, a tractor that tested at a given number pre 1959 belt hp would test out a hp or two higher on a PTO shaft test since belt inefficiency and slippage are eliminated.

    My kubota is a 1978 model. The topics are out there in regards to newer small hp tractors baling, but they will all be using old balers because as already mentioned in my previous post newer balers from the mainstream manufacturers require more hp to their increased capacity. New Mini-balers spcifically designed for mini-tractors are too expensive for a hobby operation.

    You will not have to buy a different tractor if you carefully choose the proper sized baler to put behind it. Think of it as towing a trailer with a 1/2 ton pick-up with a V6 engine as compared to a 1 ton pick-up with a turbo diesel. Either truck will succesfully pull a trailer as long as the trailer is properly sized to the truck.

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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    You can make hay with a forecart, 2 Percherons and a Wisconsin gas engine if so inclined. The Amish do it all the time.

    My comment is. For 2 grand in equipment, bailer, rake and mower, you'll be getting someone else's discards, use up or close to. You'll be spending more time wrenching than doing anything else and bailers, especially square bailers when the get old, need lots of TLC and knowledge because to get them to run takes experience...and dedicated wrenching.

    Your problem will be, you'll get it cut (hopefully), raked and ready to bail and the bailer won't tie and there is rain coming.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid the grief (of used cheap equipment that breaks all the time) and contract it or run it on shares with someone that has the equipment and the knowledge of maintaining it.

    I'm not saying you can't. I'm saying there is a definite learning curve associated with bailers, especially small square bailers of vintage age and that's what you'll wind up with for a 2 grand investment.

    Been there and done that. I run new stuff, especially bailers both square and round. Way more than 2 grand but other than grease and cleaning, no grief and it gets done.
    A couple Kubota's and some payment books.....
    "If haying was easy, everyone would do it. It isn't."

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5030 View Post
    You can make hay with a forecart, 2 Percherons and a Wisconsin gas engine if so inclined. The Amish do it all the time.

    My comment is. For 2 grand in equipment, bailer, rake and mower, you'll be getting someone else's discards, use up or close to. You'll be spending more time wrenching than doing anything else and bailers, especially square bailers when the get old, need lots of TLC and knowledge because to get them to run takes experience...and dedicated wrenching.

    Your problem will be, you'll get it cut (hopefully), raked and ready to bail and the bailer won't tie and there is rain coming.

    Do yourself a favor and avoid the grief (of used cheap equipment that breaks all the time) and contract it or run it on shares with someone that has the equipment and the knowledge of maintaining it.

    I'm not saying you can't. I'm saying there is a definite learning curve associated with bailers, especially small square bailers of vintage age and that's what you'll wind up with for a 2 grand investment.

    Been there and done that. I run new stuff, especially bailers both square and round. Way more than 2 grand but other than grease and cleaning, no grief and it gets done.
    Good points, since farming near me is pretty much gone, contracting or having another farmer do it is almost impossible. I'm not that old but when I was growing up 20 years ago we had 60+ dairies in our county. We are now down to 3. Farming is just dieing a slow death here. There is still quite a few beef farms but really only a 2-3 that aren't considered hobby farms.

    You are definitely right that the square baler is my biggest risk. Sickle mowers and rakes are easy to work on and normally very dependable, especially because you can buy alot of backup parts that tend to break for pretty cheap. As for the baler any time i've ever had an issue(while helping other farmers, uncles) is with the knotters. But then again my uncle had a $5,000 baler that would work fine for acres and acres then have knotting issues for an entire day.

    One advantage I will have is that i'm doing hay on such a small scale. I am already planning on doing an acre or two at a time. For a few reasons, 1) the weather, 2) using new to me(old equipment), 3) using smaller equipment and 4) having to handle square bales by hand.

    Heck if I could average an acre or 2 a week, I'd be more than satisfied.



    What's your opinion on my earlier thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle670 View Post
    Not to hijack my own thread but what's your opinions on using a 1 row corn chopper with a 30hp tractor.

    I plant corn every year(about 1/6 of an acre), usually to sell as sweet corn, and then let the cows eat/trample down the stalks. I have in the past cut the stalks by hand and sent them thru a chipper to then store and feed out a little here and there.

    I have the equipment to plow and plant but am also considering growing between .5-1 acre of corn. My problem is cutting by hand. If I could run a chopper and not pull a wagon, do I have enough HP? I would chop and blow into an open wagon pulled by my dad's tractor or my truck. Again it would be all perfectly flat ground.

    We have used my dad's(he's 3rd generation owner) TO20 to chop hay stationary after planting grass seed. It worked pretty well, and would bog a little with big wads of hay. Now the TO20 is around 25hp at the pto. I'd be looking to chop the .5-1acre of cow corn plus the leftover stalks of my sweet corn. Storage is not an issue, i'd use my method i've used for the past few years.

    The cows absolutely love a lb or 2 each of the silage everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5030 View Post
    Your problem will be, you'll get it cut (hopefully), raked and ready to bail and the bailer won't tie and there is rain coming.
    I thought that was the definition of farming...

    My FIL baling with his old VAC...
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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle670 View Post
    Not to hijack my own thread but what's your opinions on using a 1 row corn chopper with a 30hp tractor.

    I plant corn every year(about 1/6 of an acre), usually to sell as sweet corn, and then let the cows eat/trample down the stalks. I have in the past cut the stalks by hand and sent them thru a chipper to then store and feed out a little here and there.

    I have the equipment to plow and plant but am also considering growing between .5-1 acre of corn. My problem is cutting by hand. If I could run a chopper and not pull a wagon, do I have enough HP? I would chop and blow into an open wagon pulled by my dad's tractor or my truck. Again it would be all perfectly flat ground.

    We have used my dad's(he's 3rd generation owner) TO20 to chop hay stationary after planting grass seed. It worked pretty well, and would bog a little with big wads of hay. Now the TO20 is around 25hp at the pto. I'd be looking to chop the .5-1acre of cow corn plus the leftover stalks of my sweet corn. Storage is not an issue, i'd use my method i've used for the past few years.

    The cows absolutely love a lb or 2 each of the silage everyday.


    We used a Case ensilage chopper like pictured, years back to chop sweet corn, and feed to our steers. In fact, I just sold it last week to some Amish boys, who spotted it out by the barn. It is identical to the one pictured.

    Being cutting it is what you are trying to get away from, it may not be your cup of tea. It' not that bad if you use a regular corn knife. I could cut enough for a feeding in maybe 10 minutes, and fill the carry-all, with 30" stakes on the Farmall Super C, in less than 10 minutes.

    Had it belted up to my BN Farmall, and it ran it great, throwing in 6 or so stalks at a time. Just put the starter pipe, and the gooseneck on, and blew it over the fence, into a feeder.

    Didn't take them long to figure it out. The "boys" would be standing at the fence, when I was going out to cut..., LOL...

    I gave $35 for it in about '79... Used it off and on for 30 years, and doubled my money + last week... They got a deal, and I got it out of here, as I have no use for it anymore, so we were both happy.
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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by Doyle670 View Post
    I understand i'll have time and labor associated which my father is eager for and my son is getting near the age when he can help and loves to.
    Having grown up helping my dad bale hay, i would say being able to work with your dad and also teach your son about baling hay/hard work would be worth it on its own. I would say (based on my experience with old equipment) some years will be good others will be a loss. I remember having times when something on one of the pieces of equipment would break and then it would rain and so on and so on and then the hay was ruined.

    If you can afford new or newer equipment that is great, i'd rather buy brand new too. However sometimes used equipment that will need some work to keep going is all that is an option and it can be made to work.

    As a side note i'm planning on using my dads equipment to bale hay on my property this coming year, it might work great or might be a complete failure, it's just part of the fun.

    Good luck
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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    I would say yes with small square bales. Just take a lot of time. I wouldn't recommend it.

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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    There was hay made long before there was tractors to cut, rake, and bale it.
    If you want a hay operation, go for it! You won't bale it as fast as the guy with the big tractor but you'll make it sure as ****.

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    Default Re: Making hay with 30hp tractor

    Your tractor willl do fine slowly and on the flat. I have been pushed down hills by my baler/wagon on much heavier tractors. Just dont put yourself and everyone on the wagon in danger by baling hills and you probably be happy with the tractor you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rankrank1

    Tractor data is not even a remotely reliable source of information - it is very frequently wrong as is this case.

    A Ford 1900 weighs 2589 lbs empty or maybe 2900 lbs or so with full tanks of fuel, oil, hydraulic oil, operator, etc. In short it is a compact tractor albeit towards the larger end of the compact spectrum.

    A farmall H weighed in at 5550 lbs when tested at Nebraska tests in 1939.
    Dad was an I-H dealer from 1938 - 1954. I pulled out our 1950 Service Manual. Shipping weight for a Farmall H was 3760 pounds. The book spec was 27.5 belt horsepower. I don't know about the accuracy on the Ford but they are darn close on the H.
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