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Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:37 AM
New to haying.
I Have an older Ford 250 Square Baler that for the most part works very well.
The one issue I am having is that about 3/4 of the bales I make are crescent shaped. I've baled approx. 450 bales so far on three different small fields.
I have the manual, and I have read it fairly well, and the main adjustment that is called out for this issue is a "flex plate" which can be pushed toward the front of the baler, so the "sweep arm" moves more hay to the opposite side of the bale chamber.
That flex plate is already at it's max adjustment.
My spring adjustments on my bale chute are measured out to the same adjustment length.
The only other thing off the top of my head I can think of that needs to be addressed aside from normal maintenance is the sweep arm shear pin needs to be replaced as it sheared off...not sure if this would cause the issue.
I've tried to really pay attention to see if my windrows and the way they are raked play any part, but there is no consistency in that theory.
I have to say though that it seems the larger windrows usually produce my consistent not so crescent shaped bales.
Not sure how the plunger in the bale chute is setup, like it will flex to one side if the wood guides are worn down or something. Anything to do with operating RPM's, pickup placement of windrow....closer to chute or farther away, etc.
Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 08:58 AM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 09:42 AM
I'm not sure how that baler works, never seen one; but it sounds to me like the feeder fork that feeds the hay into the bale chamber needs to be adjusted, it's putting too much hay on one side and not enough on the other..... I'm guessing too much on the left since it does better with a large windrow.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:34 AM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:01 AM
So, certain parts of a row will be good sized, consistent, and ready for baling, then other parts of the same row will be very small and patchy. RPM's on the tractor are set, tractor is in gear at a certain speed, I would need to stop, put the tractor in another gear and get moving again, Would that make the intake of hay more inconsistent?
I can def. see where putting more time into raking rows together to make consistencies might help, and it's a lot easier to deal with raking goofy rows than it is to deal with 300+ messed up bales.
Faster ground speed on the smaller windrows will square em up. If they're really small you can rake a few together to make one windrow.
Posted 16 June 2010 - 11:18 AM
Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:12 PM
Posted 17 June 2010 - 05:27 AM
With regard to ground speeds, what are the ideal min and max for operating the baler...that is if I had perfect windrows.
Also, should the windrow fill the entire width of the feed chamber? 9 times out of 10 mine don't...at max they'll fill 3/4.
Posted 17 June 2010 - 08:04 AM
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Posted 21 June 2010 - 09:12 AM
All in all, a very good goood day. Thank you all for your help!
Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:12 PM
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