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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

New Holland 855 Baler

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Allan In NE

06-03-2006 04:13:20

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Hi Fellas,

Would like your opinion on a NH 855 baler.

Found one right up the road a bit that sounds like it is priced just about right. Owner says it is a hydraulic tie, which sounds good, because I'm just not all that wild about the automatic "Bale Command" electric tie thing. Has had new bearings and new air bladders installed within the past year.

Is there anything about these machines that you simply DON'T like?

I've been around the 851s and currently have this 849, which is the little brother to the 855. Just thinking about something with a little more capacity.



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Tim Shaw

06-03-2006 12:06:06

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 04:13:20  
We used to run them. Good balers but the sand out here in the sandhills ate the chains up pretty fast. We had one Bale Command and one Auto-wrap. Much preferred the Auto-wrap. Not as much trouble and they tie a lot faster. If I was in the market for one I'd hold out for a late model Auto-wrap with the bare steel floor roll drum.

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R. John Johnson

06-03-2006 07:17:19

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 04:13:20  

I think the 855's had Auto wrap as an option and I believe it is almost identical to the system on my 664. This is a purely mechanical system for tying the bales, no electric actuator. Just a buzzer to tell you when to stop driving and when to eject the bale. Makes a beautiful job of tying the bales and ties them the same every time. The other post about a larger loader might also be right.

I'll pester you again. Once you get all that land into alfalfa you should get a tractor with air, heat and a quiet cab.



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Allan In NE

06-03-2006 16:36:41

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to R. John Johnson, 06-03-2006 07:17:19  
Hi John,

Talked to the guy again. He says it is as you say; a simple no "bells and whistles" basic machine. Hydraulic tie and hydraulic dump, just what I want. Nice part is that is is real close by.

I stopped and helped the neighbor hook up his "monitor"/Bale Command the other day on his 855. I want no part of that mickey mouse business. :>)

About the tractor deal, I found a real nice, clean 1486 on ebay; trouble is the the derned thing is in Mass. Can't win fer losin'. :>(


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R. John Johnson

06-03-2006 19:57:23

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 16:36:41  

There is a big difference between autowrap and bale command. Autowrap is a simple mechanical tying system and bale command is the one with the monitor, sensors and all the other go fasters. I wouldn't want bale command either.


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06-03-2006 06:04:12

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 04:13:20  
You were complaining about the loose stuff you lost in last photos. I f you getting another baler get you a belt unit with net wrap. NO NO comparison. On the other hand if its just for your own us feeding than forget andCause its only you its bothering. But I will say this again thou get you a good belt unit and net wrap. You wil have to get larger loader thou,that old M or H won't lift them thou. Also those ones you do now if selling you have more bales to sell. But if for just own use would n't worry about it cause you will just have to get diffeernt loader etc.

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Nebraska Cowman

06-03-2006 04:20:46

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 04:13:20  
If you like chainers, what's not to like about an 855? It will eat anything from to feathers to cottonwood trees if you can get them in a windrow. If I were doing a lot of alfalfa I'd go with belts, but for cane and rough stuff, give me chains any day.

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Allan In NE

06-03-2006 04:42:23

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Nebraska Cowman, 06-03-2006 04:20:46  
Mornin' Howard,

I really suspect this thing is due for a set of chains. The man stated, "I've always replaced any link or bar I've found cracked".

But, the price is where I could put new chains in it and still be okay.

Dunno, this 849 bales like a little monster, but I can sure tell if I get in a heavy crop, I'll spend most of the day running that tailgate. :>)


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Formerly PaMike

06-03-2006 06:20:10

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Allan In NE, 06-03-2006 04:42:23  
I have an 852, which is an earlier 855(mine has springs, not air). The bales are a lot heavier than your little ones. I dont think your little H will be up to the task. Plus, since they are 5.5 ft long it puts the weight further out on the loader. The width also makes it a pain to move them. I can only fix 3 bales on a flat wagon, since I can only go 1 bale wide. If you have any interest in selling the bales dont get the 855. No one wants the big bales, at least not around here.

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Allan In NE

06-03-2006 06:30:32

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 Re: New Holland 855 Baler in reply to Formerly PaMike, 06-03-2006 06:20:10  
Thanks Mike,

Good point; maybe I should just keep using what I have. Darned thing really works slick and I haven't got anything invested in it either.

'Course, guess I could use that 855 as a "backup". :>)


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