I"ve been hunting for a couple of years for a used JD348 small square baler to start making a few small bales again(currently all 3x3x8s). It seems like since the 348 are the high capacity model, the poeple that buy them new have used every once of them up by the time they trade them off. On the other hand when I"ve found one in great shape that I would consideing bringing home, they are priced too near new for my tastes. Now for the flip side I"ve seen a bunch of used 338 bales that are in great shape and priced right. However I have one big issue, I don"t want a baler that only makes 80 stokes per minute! I need the 93 SPM of the 348 balers.
So my question is this, can the gears in the main gear case on a 338 be changed out the gears that are used in a 348?
Judging by JDParts everything is the same between the two models otherwise. While this is not my perfered method of getting the capacity baler I need, I"m entertaining all ideas at this point.