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AC Round Baler

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05-21-2011 19:55:06

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Anyone have a reasonable price for a AC Round Baler that has been setting for 30 yrs. Everything is there, not sure if it is a White Top. Also what is one that works or restored worth. I haven't seen any sell, any info would be appreciated. Thanks Mickey

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05-24-2011 10:53:13

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
I have baled 1000,s of bales with one. If my back had not gone bad, would still be using one. You have no knotters to fight, can leave the bales lay on the ground till you get ready to pick them up. As everyons says lay 2 windrows side by side, if your hay is the proper moisture content you will have no problems. ALWAYS shut off the PTO if you stop to do anything to the baler.

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05-22-2011 13:49:48

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
My neighbor has had an AC round baler for the last forty years or more. He has more pasture than he uses so he pasture it all early then blocks the cows out of the flatter areas later. Late August he mows the grown up pasture and bales it with the AC Roto baler. Then when we get the first snows he lets his cows into the baled pasture. They go bale to bale cleaning them up. Don"t seem to waste much. HE usually does not have to start feeding hay until mid winter.

He has a real late model one with a Fiber glass top. He bought it several years ago for $500, always shedded. He claims it does not bale as well as the older ones. So he uses an older one. He buys them at auctions from $50-$400 for parts. He uses a modern wheel rake with it spread out in the back to make the double windrow you need. He can cover a lot of ground in a day baling.

For many of the small acreage guys they would work great and can be stored out side. Just a little different to handle. I found just using two hay hooks works fine to handle them with.

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05-22-2011 12:42:27

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
Years ago went to using a swather in front of mine and it was just about trouble free. Thats been about 30 years ago and the neighbor borrowed it and I guess he still has it. Scrap price probably. They will bale hay if you like little bales.

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05-22-2011 12:18:33

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
Gotta know how to adjust them. When properly set up, they work well. Sitting 30 years is tough on them.

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05-22-2011 06:09:14

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
Paid less than $50 for mine and dragged it home put some grease and oil on and in it and went to the field and made some round bales.

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05-22-2011 04:59:26

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
I got a thousand bucks for my white top, when I sold it a couple of years ago, it was complete, and in working order, with new belts, only thing missing was the safety guard door. I have seen them go from $ 25 and up, depends on who you are bidding against.

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05-21-2011 22:59:30

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
I"m sure my buddy, old, is waiting for me to post my usual, positive msg about the AC Roto-Baler....that the KEY to making the baler work is to make the proper windrow....basically TWO curls, side by side, like the single curl you would make for a square baler. But, double them up! Beyond that, it is simple adjustments on the baler to make it work right. The Upper Midwest AC Club, Hutchinson, MN, put out an excellent pamphlet a few years ago about basic adjustments, and yes, without them, the results are crap. I bought an orange top last year for $200, don"t regret the price for a moment. Can you find them cheaper? Sure. More? yes. Dad had one from 1948-1965, same cast part broke twice- had it welded- we didn"t have a welder then....only repairs in all those years. Baled thousands per year. Dad was a stickler on me making windrows that worked, even tho I was only about 11 at the time.

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05-22-2011 10:35:49

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to JMS/.MN, 05-21-2011 22:59:30  
Back when I owned the one I had I did do the double windrow and all but still had problems. When it ate the pitch fork I was using to unclog it I said that was it and traded it off for a JD 14T and never looked back LOL

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05-21-2011 21:22:53

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 Re: AC Round Baler in reply to miner09, 05-21-2011 19:55:06  
Last one I saw sell at an auction got around $35 or so. Me you could not give me one of those pain in the back side balers. I had one for one summer and will not own one again

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