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Re: Baler capacity and acres/hr or better tons/hr.

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07-08-2014 16:55:22

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Are you running at full PTO speed? Some people don't like to run equipment at full speed. Your manual should list the plunger strokes per minute at full PTO speed. 80 plunger strokes/minute divided by 12 strokes/bale = 6.6 bales per minute or 400 bales per hour (gross rate at 100 percent utilization).

Look at how much time your baler spends running empty or stopped in one spot. Then try to keep it moving more to make more bales per hour. There can be a lot of run time lost for: turning on ends and traveling between windrows;
changing wagons;
waiting for empty wagons;
lighter than ideal windrows;
down-shifting and up-shifting for hills and inconsistent windrows;
re-tying missed knots;
replacing shear pins;
unplugging the pickup;

A 50 to 60 percent utilization (up-time) should be realistic pulling a hand stacked bale wagon. Operations that drop bales on the ground and use hydrostatic transmissions to keep the baler near full capacity might achieve 80 to 90 percent utilization.

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07-08-2014 17:42:49

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 Re: Baler capacity and acres/hr or better tons/hr. in reply to ss55, 07-08-2014 16:55:22  
That's part of my confusion. I run at rated PTO speed. I go around in circles following a pull type swather. I drop bales on the ground and pick up later (we can do that out here where its dry =) ). I have a worn knotter and end up with a misty about every 60 bales or so. I guess I'm loosing more time than I thought on that.

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