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Re: Price to pay for big round baler

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Ron, different strokes, for different folks, but after the first 50 or so bales you will learn how whatever baler you choose operates. Plus, I read the manual, on the hesston baler, there are ways to approach the windrow, that prevent jamming. Also, if the pickup is bent up from hitting groundhog holes, it is more prone to jamming. I assume any baler will have its flaws, particularly the early, cheaper ones. Not trying to pick any fights, I was pretty mad at my hesston baler, a couple of times, while fixing it in 90+heat and humidity, with hay waiting and t-storms threatening! I guess that's par for the course on any baler, I have ever used!

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01-29-2013 13:18:47

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 Re: Price to pay for big round baler in reply to Diydave, 01-29-2013 05:10:46  
No offense taken Dave, and no doubt I would have learned how to keep it from plugging. The baler I had was actually in very good condition, and well cared for. My biggest reason for selling was that I realized I had $4,000 in a baler I really did not like and a baler that would do just fine (albeit not as pretty a bale, and wrong color paint) but (the good part) I only had about $500 in it. That was 3 or 4 years ago now, and going to try to get another year out of the $500 baler. If I were running a smaller (35 or 40 horse) tractor, I would be running the Hesston and sold the NH per my original plan. Sooner or later I know my luck will run out on the old NH as it did break a main apron chain year before last, but I got lucky and only took out a couple links, and $35 later it was back in the field. I have no plans on putting very much in it, and if I cannot fix inexpensively, it will go for parts or scrap, and I will replace it, and consider it as earning it's keep.

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