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New Holland 640 baler

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What are the good and bad about these balers? Found one for sale a few hours away it is twine tie been in the shed its whole life and looks really good in the pictures. Can you add net to them? What are things to look at on them? How many pto HP needed to run one? probably do less than 100 bales a year with it. has the monitor manuals and some spare parts with it. Don't know anything about new holland balers or round balers in general
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I have a 640 New Holland round baler and have had very good luck with it. It makes a very nice looking bale, that handles well and stores well (I store mine inside). It was a local trade in, to my local dealer. It was always kept inside and very well cared for. I probably paid a little too much for it, but was in a bind and needed a working baler (my old Vermeer had a bearing go out and we couldn't get the old bearing out). It was field ready and worked GREAT! In the end, I feel was worth all that I paid and then some. The only issues that I have had with it, is that after a few years, the twine tie cycle would want to repeat. It was an easy fix, utilizing this forum and the helpful knowledge, provided by Mike 10, in his tech write up section!

The only other complaint that I have is that it doesn't have the wide pick-up and can miss some hay. I tried for years to find some economical NH haysaver wheels, but had no luck.
A couple of years ago, I upgraded balers, still NH, but now have the wide pick-up and net wrap and the bale command monitor (my 640 just had the buzz box to indicate that the bale is made). However, I kept the 640 as a back-up and have used it a couple of times.
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We started out pulling ours with a Farmall 560 D. It would pull it and run it,but it was working. The T/A helped alot when getting the bale started and then shifting to high, once the bale was started and hay was feeding in well. When I switched it to my 80 horse tractor, things went better, I was able to bale faster and make better bales by keeping the pick-up full.
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