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NH 855 Baler Question

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07-22-2009 12:17:00

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Making my first foray into the round bale world... got a 855 chain and bar type, not belt, fully automatic, don't have to kick the pto in to kick the bale out after tying like some I've seen, leave pto on, when gate is opened fully it'll kick it out. Question is, what is the best way (in your opinion) to roll a good, tight, even bale? The windrow is about 1/4 the width of the pickup, do you constantly drive back and forth over it or do you start on one side and stay there for awhile before moving over?

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07-23-2009 12:06:25

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 12:17:00  
If you swerve from side to side too much you end up with a bale that's shaped like a lemon. If you get your hands on a manual, there's a section in there on the subject. Sounds like you have the Autowrap model. I have one with a monitor that tells you when two switch sides. It's a very crude deal, it just monitors the bale size and tells you to switch sides when the bale gets to a certain size. You can do the same thing yourself by watching the bale size indicator on the baler. I think it tells me to switch sides 6 times per bale.

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Allan In NE

07-22-2009 13:07:39

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 12:17:00  
Any way you can rake two together? That is an awfully hungry baler for a tiny windrow.

I set the air pressure at 45 lbs and drive 'er like a snake.


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07-22-2009 13:47:56

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question in reply to Allan In NE, 07-22-2009 13:07:39  
Windrow may be a little wider than I stated, but quite tall, though not as tall as yours appear. We essential rake two together, we pull a 8 wheel V rake normally, we have a single NH side delivery rake that sits in a barn on a farm we lease, just so happens it has about 16 acres of grass hay on it that we'll use it for instead of towing the other over there (being how it's already there and all.)

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07-22-2009 14:17:16

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 13:47:56  
You just need to go out and drink a 12 pack of beer then go out and bale that hay. LOL Not really but you do need to drive like you had drank a 12 pack. As in go side to side which even the manual tells you to do

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07-22-2009 19:56:19

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question (One more question) in reply to old, 07-22-2009 14:17:16  
Well.. the rain got to me.. 2 inches in about 12 hours to be exact.. calling for more on friday night / sat. morning. Sooo.... if the hay was darn near ready when it started raining, and the rain has now stopped, would you think with 80 degree temps, partial sun but at least a bit of a breeze, that I could run a tedder over it tomorrow after dinner, let it lay all afternoon, then rake it friday at dinner and roll it? 2 inches is a lot of rain, but our tedder really throws it and leaves it very fluffed up and open to the air.

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07-23-2009 08:49:57

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question (One more question) in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 19:56:19  
Tedder it as soon as it stops raining, and then again as soon as the top is dry.

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07-23-2009 05:33:29

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question (One more question) in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 19:56:19  
Get the tedder through it early. If it doesn't dry enough, get the tedder through it again... then don't bother raking it until it's dry.
We've got hay cut since last wed.... I think the tedder has been through it now about 4 times and it's got one more trip to go at least before I burn the crap where it's at...


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07-22-2009 20:59:13

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 Re: NH 855 Baler Question (One more question) in reply to IHMANKY, 07-22-2009 19:56:19  
If it is not in windrows you will probably do ok doing it that way but if in rows it might take a good bit more to get it to dry. I know how you feel I put some hay down on Sunday and then it rained on Monday night and Tuesday. I had a little bite of it in windrows and flipped it today with the rake and will flip it again tomorrow and if I'm lucky be able to bale it late tomorrow after noon. I have been only cutting a small area this year since it seem to rain about every 3 days or so. Oh by the way I bale with an old NH850 chain baler so I have learend the drunk driving thing well

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