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Re: MF 12 baler questions

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02-18-2014 03:39:37

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Forgot to mention, if he says it eats shear bolts he may be using the wrong size bolt.It takes an 11/32 by 3 1/8 inch odd size shear bolt. I bought them right from the MF dealer. I have seen many people substitute other common size bolts that are a hair smaller. This will cause the shearing problem. There right bolt will taper down to an 5/16 thread at the end.

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02-18-2014 03:41:24

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 Re: MF 12 baler questions in reply to EJ70, 02-18-2014 03:39:37  
How many bales are you planning to run thru it a season?

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02-18-2014 07:20:14

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 Re: MF 12 baler questions in reply to EJ70, 02-18-2014 03:41:24  
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To start out, probably 500 to 1000 (2 cuttings total). They are all small 3 acre lots in the subdivision. If we have good irrigation water you can get between 50 and 100 per lot. I have 3 or 4 folks wanting me to cut already. Hopefully a bit more each year. I am trying to stay local.

I am also wanting to use my compact tractor. It has 27 HP at the PTO, 34 overall and is hydrostatic driven so I can slow down the feed if needed.


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02-18-2014 08:47:09

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 Re: MF 12 baler questions in reply to powerscol, 02-18-2014 07:20:14  
Sounds like what the 12 would be best suited for. What type of forage are you bailing? MF stated 30 hp to run it in the literature. Something else to check out is MF put threaded plugs into the knotter grease points from the factory. You were supposed to put in and remove the zerk at a each grease point during service.The plug was then put back in. Overtime folks tended to replace all the plugs with zerks which can result in overgreasing the knotters which can cause gumming up of chaff and grease which can then result in tying problems. Something to check out.Sorry if this is TMI. I just really like working on 12s. A new new to you machine can take some tinkering to get dialed in but when working properly is a great baler for a small operation.

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02-18-2014 12:30:30

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 Re: MF 12 baler questions in reply to EJ70, 02-18-2014 08:47:09  
LOL! I put all the zerks in the #9 knotters.

I only grease them one a season though. I got tired of messing with the hex key and moving a zerk around...

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02-18-2014 12:48:24

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 Re: MF 12 baler questions in reply to 495man, 02-18-2014 12:30:30  
I hear ya. It's definately a pain. Baler orignaly came with one zerk to swap in and out, some engineers idea of a joke.

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