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Re: Baler Needle Material

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03-02-2013 18:48:59

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GarryinNC said: (quoted from post at 03:22:39 03/03/13) Are square baler needles made of cast iron, cast steel or forged steel? Is there even such a thing as 'cast steel'. My dad has welded several over the years with nickel rod and they look like cast iron when they break. They have always held. Just wondering.


I do not think any would be forged steel. I imagine most to be either Cast Iron or Cast Steel depending on manufacturer.

Many needles have been repaired over the years by brazing or welding with Ni-Rod, Special Cast Rod, Stainless Rod good for dissimilar metals, 7018 if in a pinch, and even 6011 if real desperate.

Success or failure on the improvised repairs will be more likely if you know the base metal a spark test (here is the basic of how to do a spark test)
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03-03-2013 04:37:36

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 Re: Baler Needle Material in reply to rankrank1, 03-02-2013 18:48:59  
I've been told and read in several industry magazines that there is very, very little actual cast iron anymore. Cast steel, yeah, lots of it. I've also been told that NH's needles are a tempered and machined cast steel alloy . I got the impression that meant the basic part is cast and then machined to final shape then tempered. All I know for sure is lots of broken needles have been repaired by brazing and welding with equal failure and success. Any well done joining seems to hold up. Poorly done work tends to break again.
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03-03-2013 04:59:53

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 Re: Baler Needle Material in reply to Bret4207, 03-03-2013 04:37:36  
I think sq baler needles are cast steel.

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03-03-2013 17:17:21

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 Re: Baler Needle Material in reply to Tx Jim, 03-03-2013 04:59:53  
Later replacement Oliver were aluminum.

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