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JD 530 Baler cannot bale fine second cut

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#1 sooner


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:37 AM

I have a JD 530 which bales a decent first cut. I am trying to bale a hay field that has grasses and clover. The rows are the best ever, small but perfectly dry and good quality. The problem is that when I try to bale 4x4 round bales the baler plugs up and just shreds the hay into a powder. I then have to eject the untied bale because of all the chaff. Is this type of baler no good for the fine second cut or do I have a mechanical problem?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:40 AM

Perhaps your hay is to dry?Maybe bale with dew on it.

With small windrows the bales go around more often and hay breaks up if dry.Make larger windrows.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:35 AM

When I bale maize (milo) stalks it is generally 100+ days. After it cures I start baling at 8pm and go until 6 or 7 am. I also slow the throttle back and pick up tractor speed. When the alarm sounds to tie you have to increase the throttle to 540 PTO speed. Too dry a crop at full pto speed just shatters the crop before bale is formed. I see guys baling maize down here in the middle of the day and they have busted bales all over the field.
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#4 slowzuki


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:43 AM

Neighbours NH small square baler has trouble in second cut, has trouble feeding short hay. Is the plug right at the discharge from the pickup tines?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:34 AM

I have the same trouble with my Case. It seems to have trouble with the shorter hay of second cutting, bales get lumpy and it's hard to get and keep a full bale spinning long enough to wrap it with twine. Third cutting is even worse. No issues at all of this kind with first cutting.

Luckily we put almost all our second and third cutting into small squares.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:38 PM

I am using a JD 335 round baler and have no problems at all with second crop. Makes me think that something must be out of adjustment on yours.

I do not know what it would be however.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:18 PM

Set your engine RPM 1500 - 1800 RPM and pick up your ground speed. Works for me.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 03:15 PM

Take out your compression rack and do as gradyjohn says

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:18 PM

Double rake it. Maybe triple.

#10 Colby


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

As said- 1500-1800rpms and bump it up to about 8mph

530 makes a 5 foot long bale btw.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:09 PM

I had the same problem this year with some grassy hay. I slowed rpms down to 1600rpm and shifted up a gear. When baler started to tie I full throttle the rpm. Worked great for me

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:22 AM

Remove windguard and as they said make bigger windrows and cut rpms. You may have to rake and bale earlier in morning stop midday and go back out in evening and run later. Good Luck

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