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#1 IH354



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Posted 23 October 2020 - 12:20 PM

I'm trying to get started in farming and looking into a decent tractor and round baler. Has anyone done any round baling with a 5055e tractor (it does have MFWD)?


I would be baling about 43 acres, possibly more in the next two years. Found a 457 baler with net wrap that looks like it has a 55hp minimum requirement.



Dealership told me it is borderline, but may work as long as I don't use it on any hills.

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 03:49 PM

just so you know a 5055e says it is a 45 hp at pto, I would say it is kinda low on hp...If you could go up to at least a 5075e...I ran a 120 hp on a 566, never ran out of power

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 04:41 PM

IDK how big (or small) your hills are, but you might want to check how much that tractor weighs.  It's not always getting up the hill being the problem it's the coming down, with the full baler pushing you, that might just make something pucker up. ;)  If Cannon is right on the HP, then you are not even border line IMHO. 


Put the minimum of 80 ponies in front, along with 9-10,000+ pounds.  I think a good rule  of thumb is double the baler w/full bale weight for the tractor, with some hills.  Some might like more HP/weight, some less.  Now you also need to realize what I might call a hill, some guys would call a speed bump or large mound of dirt at its best. :o



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#4 Beav


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Posted 23 October 2020 - 04:50 PM

I have a 5055D 2 wheel drive It is used for raking it can barely run a 6 basket tedder. It would not run a round baler very well. Need to go to 75 hp to 100 HP then you would have a tractor that could also run a mower

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 07:34 PM

I run a six basket Tedder with a JD 2510, 53 hp. It doesn’t want much more in heavy hay either.
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#6 IH354



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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:27 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies - I'm going to look at the 5075e and the 5090e and maybe add some weights to the rear wheels.

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