Small square baler comparison: pros/cons
Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:59 AM
New Holland BC 5070 (updated 575) and JD 348. Twine tie, hydraulic tension, set up just about equivalent. JD dealer is 20 miles closer. Price is within a few hundred $.
What are the pros/cons using your experience with these machines? I like the central lube feature of the JD but prefer the feed mechanism of the NH over the JD's auger in really heavy stuff. Other than that....I would appreciate your insight and suggestions. An old style Farmhand accumulator will be used....8 bales, flat on string side, pump will have to be driven off the flywheel of each.
Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:27 PM
year and it never missed a beat. The only problems I had was in blown down
areas of Oats hay, the pickup springs would pick it up wrap it across the bands
and then it wouldn't feed the cut stuff in correctly I suspect that would happen
with any baler. A couple times I fed it too fast clogged it up between the feeder
springs and bars that hang over the feeder springs and the bands. The
auger never had any problems feeding loads of hay in. I had no
real complaints about it at all, most of my problems was operator errors. We
had the hydraulic tongue positioner and the counter and that's about all the
options we had. I've never ran a NH baler.
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:12 AM
My first baler was a NH570 that would eat hay alive but would have some knotter problems every now and then. This led to me standing out in a field with my cell phone ordering a new JD348. I owned the JD for 2-seasons and don't think it ever missed a bale.
That baler now is in somebody elses barn, not because I didn't like it but because a thief liked it too. I now own a NH5070, the NH is heavier, easier to service (I had the uni-luber but never could really trust if all the fittings were open) because the shielding is much better thought out, and will bale circles around a JD. The JD is a great baler but in our part of the country it costs about $2,000 more than the NH comparably equipped. If you want square bales and aren't worried so much about volume then the JD is fine. Having owned both I will have to say the NH is a more up to date and more user friendly design (why can't JD make a shield over the knotters with a latch to stay up?).
Posted 07 May 2009 - 02:29 PM
Man I know that had to hurt. I had someone still all my chainsaws and gas leaf blower and I thought that was bad but nothing like an expensive baler. When some scumbag steals your stuff you never quite feel as secure as before, I know I don't.
Posted 08 May 2009 - 07:39 AM
Posted 08 May 2009 - 12:34 PM
Yes I needed to slow down, but that is a long story. One of those days you never forget. Remember I said I was borrowing it at the time. Mine wasn't in a running condition.(drive line)
Driving over the hay didn't bother me as much as the turning completly around to see the baler.
At that time, 2 years ago I could get a 348 for 14000, an inline for 16000 and a NH for 17???. I was surprized that the Deere was the cheapest.
Posted 10 May 2009 - 02:25 PM
Posted 01 November 2009 - 07:32 PM
On your old NH 570 you said you sometimes had knotter problems. I have a NH 570 and on the right knotter about every 20 -30 bales it will break the twine about a inch back of the knot. Anybody have any suggestions.
Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:22 AM
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