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Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler

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09-21-2006 11:18:54

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I have been givin a N.H. 68 twine square baler. The old man has past away and it has not been used in 15 years or more. I have not pulled it out of the bushes yet so I don't know what it needs (but said it worked fine when put up). It has an engine on the front that runs the baler. I bale hay for myself and my neighbors so I'm accustomed to baling equipment. Before I spend any money on the old baler, what kind information can you give me. Years made, engine information, bales per hour, getting parts, etc. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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09-23-2006 08:42:36

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
we have used a 68 and 14t j/d to do around 7000 bales a year for years and they are a great machine if you are not in a hurry. i have no problems finding parts at dealers but as stated before if it is rusted inside then the chain and guides are most likely bad for the feeder then unless you are just looking for a project to spend alot of money on with little end value i would move on.. there are still alot of these machines out there so if that is the one you want check the papers and auctions. you can pick up a decent sheded one for far less than the repairs needed to this one. $600 to 1000 for a working one around here.

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Scott Griffith

09-21-2006 19:32:51

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
I have a new holland 68 with the Wisconsin THD two cylinder engine. You can still get the manual for the engine free from Wisconsin's website and the parts for the mag at your local napa most of the time. It's a good little baler once you get it adjusted right. If it were sitting out for long and needed a lot of sheet metal work and gearbox work then I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. You'd be a lot happier after being tared and feathered.

My two cents...


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Barry in TN

09-21-2006 17:57:00

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
They are old balers - about 50 years old. Most all parts are still available through the dealer.
They do have wood bearings on the plunger. A few critical parts on the pickup are no longer available through the dealer. I've been rebuilding one - you'll just about have to have two to piece one good one together. I understand many are still in use. If you really enjoy working, reworking, hunting for parts and happen to own a case or two of PB Blaster...might give it a try for a winter project. However, if you don't really enjoy a mechanical challenge better think about it...

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09-21-2006 15:53:44

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
I'm with Nebraska Cowman,leave it in the bushes.They are good balers,but need to be shedded when not used or they go to heck in short order.~brad

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Greg C

09-21-2006 14:13:23

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
Great baler, not real fast, but reliable once properly adjusted. Get a manual, makes things easier. I haven't used one with an engine, butI imagine they're similar. Good luck.

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09-21-2006 11:41:42

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 Re: Opinions of a New Holland 68 square baler in reply to jswintx, 09-21-2006 11:18:54  
Who cares what year. I ran one for years with a V4 engine. Pulled it with any thing from an Allis B to- the best was a La case at idle. Not fast by modern standard, but a great little bailer. Worst to wear our are the wood plunger slides if they are wood. Next weak point is the back and forth feeder thing. Knoters are same as most any NH. Just the right bailer for those little guys with a little tractor to pull it. Coloken, whos password doesn't work with Linux

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