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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

Ford 530 square baler

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rwskinner

09-03-2010 16:25:27
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Any pros or cons on a Ford 530 square baler? I have no idea what one is worth or how dependable they are. A guy I know has one in a barn that hasn't been used in a number of years. Wants me to make him an offer.




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rwskinner

09-04-2010 17:00:02
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to rwskinner, 09-03-2010 16:25:27  
I looked at it and a Ford 503 Bar Rake. Both hae been stored in barn for about 20 years. The baler, besides for lots of surface rust is in pretty good shape and had very little use. The rake was also in pretty good shape. I offered $1000 the rake and baler and they accepted.

I don't know much about the 503 Rake but it looks like it's built good and easy to work on.

Richard



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BobH in NH

09-03-2010 18:15:04
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to rwskinner, 09-03-2010 16:25:27  
I also have a 532 and, now that I have the knotters straightened out it is a great baler. (One knotter was broken when I bought it, but new parts were included). Ford knotters are much easier to work on than John Deere or NH - You can disassemble, repair and reassemble in the field in under 40 minutes.

One place to check carefully is the flywheel hub, the part which mounts onto the splined input shaft to the gearbox. These are prone to cracking and breaking, especially on the long-tongue version with a center carrier on the pto shaft. Replacement hubs are very expensive, unless you locate someone parting one out.

Pick up teeth from CNH also tend to be very expensive. Mine has the optional individual rubber mounted teeth and 6 bars of teeth. CNH gets $16 and change EACH!! Shoup has identical ones at around $3. Also the flywheel slip clutch discs and the pto slip clutch discs are very expensive from CNH. If I remember correctly, the larger flywheel slip clutch discs were in excess of $75 each (takes 2) and that was 3 or 4 years ago. I found an alternate source from this forum. Message should be in the archives.

Same for drive belts. If I remember correctly the long pick-up drive belt was in excess of $45 from CNH, and around $7-8 from a local bearing/power transmission distributor. His computer had the Ford P/Ns in it with cross refs to Gates and others. Also, he correctly identified the Ford P/Ns as Long Mfg P/Ns - Long built the balers for Ford.

If you buy the baler, email me and I will send you info that I have collected on alternative parts sources.

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rwskinner

09-09-2010 08:39:24
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to BobH in NH, 09-03-2010 18:15:04  
Bob, thanks for the tips. Yes, I dragged this baler home yesterday.

Any additional information would be most appreciated. I could not email you (No address on File) and the PM's are shut down right now.

I'm at rwskinner@nospamSkinnerRanch.net

Remove the nospam when typing it in.

Thanks again.

Richard


BobH in NH said: (quoted from post at 18:15:04 09/03/10) I also have a 532 and, now that I have the knotters straightened out it is a great baler. (One knotter was broken when I bought it, but new parts were included). Ford knotters are much easier to work on than John Deere or NH - You can disassemble, repair and reassemble in the field in under 40 minutes.

One place to check carefully is the flywheel hub, the part which mounts onto the splined input shaft to the gearbox. These are prone to cracking and breaking, especially on the long-tongue version with a center carrier on the pto shaft. Replacement hubs are very expensive, unless you locate someone parting one out.

Pick up teeth from CNH also tend to be very expensive. Mine has the optional individual rubber mounted teeth and 6 bars of teeth. CNH gets $16 and change EACH!! Shoup has identical ones at around $3. Also the flywheel slip clutch discs and the pto slip clutch discs are very expensive from CNH. If I remember correctly, the larger flywheel slip clutch discs were in excess of $75 each (takes 2) and that was 3 or 4 years ago. I found an alternate source from this forum. Message should be in the archives.
Same for drive belts. If I remember correctly the long pick-up drive belt was in excess of $45 from CNH, and around $7-8 from a local bearing/power transmission distributor. His computer had the Ford P/Ns in it with cross refs to Gates and others. Also, he correctly identified the Ford P/Ns as Long Mfg P/Ns - Long built the balers for Ford.

If you buy the baler, email me and I will send you info that I have collected on alternative parts sources.

This post was edited by rwskinner at 08:48:07 09/09/10.

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RodInNS

09-03-2010 18:45:56
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to BobH in NH, 09-03-2010 18:15:04  
Can you post the Shoup number for the pickup fingers? I've looked and never found anything even close...

Rod



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Ron-MO

09-03-2010 19:29:59
174.131.231.125



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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to RodInNS, 09-03-2010 18:45:56  
Shoup number is RMT275. Go to their site and search for Ford 532. I purchased some from Shoup. Works fine for me.



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Dan in North Houston

09-03-2010 18:11:47
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to rwskinner, 09-03-2010 16:25:27  
We put a lot of bales through a 530 back in the mid 70's, and it was used when we got it. Sometimes it would miss a few at the start of the day, but once you got the chamber tension set where it liked it, it would go all day and only miss a few.



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Banditfarmer

09-03-2010 18:08:16
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to rwskinner, 09-03-2010 16:25:27  
The 530 is a good baler that use to be hard to get parts for, but now there are a lot of after market companies making parts for them. I have one myself and it dose a good job, yes it miss Tye's every now and then but still a good baler. I would say $300 to $600 would not be out of line. Bandit



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dubv

09-03-2010 16:53:36
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 Re: Ford 530 square baler in reply to rwskinner, 09-03-2010 16:25:27  
I have a 532, its a decent baler. If it hasn't been used for awhile, but stored inside, I'd say 450 would be a fair price if there's nothing obviously wrong with it. Parts are still generally available through CNH.



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