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#1 Cantrellc123



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 01:33 PM

As I read about different subjects concerning round balers I see different belts for different applications- dry hay vs high moisture hay. In trying to overcome or confirm my good, better, best train of thought for all conditions and crops I’m curious exactly what the differences are between these belts. 
Is there one specific belt that’s better- will roll all crops with ease or are there indeed 2 different designs of belts for dry hay vs wet hay?


We presently run NH 678 balers. I’m going to install new belts on one of them this year. We almost always roll dry grass hay, only rolling high moisture hay if the weather suddenly Creates a need to roll high moisture hay to beat the rain. Those few times we’ve rolled high moisture hay I don’t recall any issues with the belts we have.

With that said which belt design fits our operation best? Does one design or brand have more longevity than others?

What is the estimated life expectancy or number of bales for a set of belts for a baler?


and a bit more info. My Dad has made all decisions on our farm for all my life but time has caught up with him so I’m trying to learn more than just relying on what the dealership has recommended as my brother and I have assumed day to day decision making.

#2 Popnson04



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:03 PM



i have used this guy several times to get belts.  i have replaced belts on both NH and Vermeer balers.  This guy will be able to answer your questions in more detail than you will probable want.    hope this helps and good luck.,

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#3 pettibone



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Posted 20 October 2020 - 07:06 AM

A few years ago bought a 648 baler that had 5 new JD type belts on it so I called the guy in Johnson City Tn. and ordered one to go along with what I had. He was pretty persistent that those belts wouldn't work but sent me what I wanted. The belts with Mato lacing have been no problem at all. Not pushing these just my experience. I do mostly baleage and never have any issues with starting a bale or any other issue with the making of a bale. Good luck

#4 Texasmark


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 08:11 AM

I have a 1991 JD 375 with who knows how many bales.  It hasn't been over worked.  Had it for about 15 years and I don't do all that much volume.  Some of the OEM 3 ply Diamond Pattern belts are still in 50+% shape.  I replaced the wire that holds the belt ends together (easy task) and that's it.


Had an old Hesston 5560 I think was the model and replaced the belts on it.  It must have been a "closed throat" as starting a roll was always a problem.  I replaced the somewhat smooth texture OEM belts on it with 3 ply Diamond Pattern thinking they would help and they started a roll much easier.....but in no way did that baler eat hay like my later open throat JD 530 or later 375.  Those suckers, feed them some hay in most any amount and they just grins and ask for more.

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