Moisture Meters for Square Balers
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¿Extension on NH Bale Chamber?
Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:12 AM
Is there an advantage of the extension, beyond using extra wedges?
The NH 315 that I use came with two wedges, but when the hay is thin I use four wedges.
Most of the time I have one wedge on the knife side, and two wedges on the uncut side.
I could probably use up to 6 wedges, if there was any advantage.
Any comments or findings?
Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:35 AM
Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:30 PM
I would not think you would need the extension in a dense crop like bermuda or alfalfa
Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:34 PM
I do some stationary re-baling with a JD 336 and I am going to try the extension, on it, as soon as I have time to drill the holes. Maybe I can take some before and after pictures and post them.
I hope I explained this okay, if not, let me know and I will try it a different way.
Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:51 PM
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 06:05 PM
The baleskiis ran over $400, and I think the extension was about $260 (at the time). I think the extension would allow 2-3 more sets of wedges, and they have an extra set of side doors.
The big problem that I see with our bales is that the guys want to drive too fast, the flakes become too big, and it seems that the bale is moving through the chamber too fast, and the bale seems to be looser. I think that if a guy would drive the same speed as the Heston, or a jd forces you to drive, a NH would make just as nice bales. That all relates back to the number of flakes. Right now we have 2 BC5070 balers and they are both hooked to a JD7400. I think that a lot of times the guys like to drive in B1, so they can shift up on the headlands, but they should really be in A3 or A4. That seems to be the big downfall of the NH baler - you can simply drive too fast - they have more capacity to inhale the hay, than they do to form the hay into nice bales. I could easily make 90lb bricks out of everything, and I bet they'd make nice bales, but then I wouldn't have any sale for them. The problem has always been that the guys that we can get to run balers are 70-80+ in age, and the only way they'll get out of the cab is if it catches on fire. Things need to be semi trouble free - A monster bale can be handled every so often, but I can't afford a guy unplugging a baler that's clogged while theres a storm coming, or the day is getting to the end.
Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:58 PM
I got a chuckle on this one:
[COLOR="Red"]the guys that we can get to run balers are 70-80+ in age, and the only way they'll get out of the cab is if it catches on fire.[/COLOR]
We have a few of those here. Still am in that age group and have no problem climbing down to measure the bale length and check the weight.
My standard bale is 34 inches long and 55 lbs. That makes for a good solid bale that works well with the NH 1003 stack wagon.
I set the RPM's so the plunger is at the top of the book's strokes per minute. (90 strokes per minute) When I get to 11 strokes per bale I drop down a gear. When I get 18 strokes per bale I go up a gear. I pull a 1980's NH 315 with an AC 6060 open station tractor.
No big deal, just stay on the windrow, count strokes per tie, watch the timing of the bale falling off the bale turner, keep an eye on the moisture tester, and get a drink of water from time to time. I have a tape measure on my belt and when the bale length is in doubt, get down and check the length. (Used to jump down and run back, but not lately!)
Should be able to keep doing this till I am 95. That is when I will take up some academic pursuit.
Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:51 PM
Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:54 AM
I tighten my forward side panels 1 turn tighter than the rear side panels. I use the hydraulic top adjustment for minor weight changes, but normally start out at 2.5
Posted 24 September 2009 - 10:14 AM
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 08:29 AM
I can't believe you old farts even have computers
Yup, have 2 computers. Brand new tractors, brand new baler, brand new PU. I just struggle along with my used NH2550. Best of all everything is paid for . In the winter I make wine and beer . . Did I mention my wine & beer room has all new commercial equipment?
If you ever visit Yellowstone park stop in for some great beer on tap.
Our family has been in the hay business for years in Michigan and California.
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