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New Holland 273 square baler

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Indydirtfarmer

09-24-2003 04:03:38
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I was out looking for parts yesterday, and stumbled onto what I think is a good buy. It's a New Holland baler. I've slept since then, but I think it was a 273(?) Hayliner. It is at a dealership, but they are just trying to sell it for a good customer of theirs. He is buying a round baler. They don't want to take it in on trade this time of year. (They've had a bad year, and can't tie up any money in it) This baler is like new. The guy that had it, only has 40 acres, and supposedly, the baler has only baled about 4000 bales in it's entire life. It looks like it has been well cared for, and has been kept in a barn. It looks like new. I can buy it for $1500. After I get off work today, I'm going back to get it. What does anyone know about these balers? How good, or bad are they? I already have all my hay work done for the year, so I won't have much chance of trying it out. I have a New Holland disc mower, and a rake. I have no problems with them. The dealer gives great service, and always gets me parts in a big hurry. They sold this baler new, and tell me that it's as good as any used one they've seen in a while. We bale a lot of straw, that we sell to land-scape contractors, and could use another baler at that time of year. Anyone know anything about them? Thanks, John

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rem

09-27-2003 18:34:44
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
You won't be sorry. I had a 273 and it was the best I've ever owned and/or used. Did nice bales and hardly ever missed a tie. Only when I did a poor job of joining one ball to another and the knot got caught in the knotter. Did over 7000 bales one summer and had 6-7 missed ties.
Moved away and sold everything, or I'd have it yet today.
Good Luck,



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red-n-green

09-24-2003 15:43:54
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
I do all my square hay with a 273 and have no complaints at all. I may only bale 2000 to 3000 a year with it but the only time it might miss a bale is when it changes rolls of twine. Several times I have baled 1200 in a day and only missed a bale when changing twine. Good solid baler, I run mine behind 105hp so I have to keep shear bolts on hand all the time. I wouldn't even consider buying another brand of small square baler. I just make sure it is always kept in the dry and keep it greased and the chains oiled. And also keep the knives sharp. I think I have an extra owners manual for a 273 if you need one. I'll take a look and send it if you want.

Jay

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jeff chandler

06-03-2004 14:43:33
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 Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to red-n-green, 09-24-2003 15:43:54  
If you still have the oweners manual for the 273 baler i am in need for one



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Indydirtfarmer

09-25-2003 03:53:46
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 Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to red-n-green, 09-24-2003 15:43:54  
Thanks for the offer of the manual, Jay, but I got one with the baler. I also got 16 bales of twine, a grease gun, a box of "spare parts", and a 16' wagon (John Deere gear, 8 ton). I'm going saturday to get a New Holland roll-a-bar rake for another $200 from the same guy! He bought a new round baler, and a v-rake. I'm hoping he buys a tractor soon!



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Kelly C

09-25-2003 04:09:16
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 Re: Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-25-2003 03:53:46  
WOW!! Man I guess so, great deal.



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jim

09-24-2003 16:30:13
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 Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to red-n-green, 09-24-2003 15:43:54  
Jay (red-n-green) If you're miising bales when changing twine , I think you'll find that you are joining the bales using the wrong knot. A square knot will sometimes fail. If the knot is tied by crossing the ends opposite to a suare knot , the knot will hold. Don't know how to express it any other way. If you tie an ordinary square knot then test it by pushing the two strings towards each other , the knot will loosen. The older NH baler manuals showed the correct knot while newer manuals don't.

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red-n-green

09-24-2003 17:04:47
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 Re: Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to jim, 09-24-2003 16:30:13  
Thanks for the tip, I have never been much of a knot tier myself "no formal training" but I will give it a try.

Jay



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Dave H

09-24-2003 17:29:14
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to red-n-green, 09-24-2003 17:04:47  
I hate to sound like a dummy, but what does it mean when it "misses a bale"?



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red-n-green

09-24-2003 18:19:03
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Dave H, 09-24-2003 17:29:14  
Missing a bale is when a knot doesn't get tied or for some other reason, a bale doesn't get tied. And there are no dumb questions!!

Jay



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Dave H.

09-25-2003 07:01:09
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New Holland 273 square bal in reply to red-n-green, 09-24-2003 18:19:03  
Thanks! I knew the question wasn't dumb. Having baled through my first season of hay, and I wanted to bale many times during the season, you would think I would know what a "missed" bale was!
My JD 224T misses about one in 20. I thought it was probably pretty normal but perhaps I need to look into the notter operation and make sure we are adjusted right. Makes really nice tight bales the rest of the time. Thanks for the info!

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Tim(nj)

09-24-2003 10:16:16
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
Well, in this part of New Jersey, if that baler were to come up for sale, and if it really is like new, you'd more likely see it go for $2500, maybe more. Lots of small square demand here for the horses. I'd say $1500 would be a great deal if the thing is in perfect shape.



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Bill

09-24-2003 09:07:37
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
In my neck of the woods, old balers are very expensive. I think that in my area, price is driven by demand for square bales for horses - something that a lot of folks have around here that they use to not. Having said that, if you consider that if you spend $500 - $800 on an old rusty baler (which is the going rate here), you can plan on spending several more hundred dollars getting the thing in shape. Soooo, $1500 sight unseen seems a bit high, but if it is in as good a shape as you describe, it is most likely field ready with no additional repairs required - so $1500 seems reasonable.

I have only been around the JD 24T and a NH 273. Both tied great and trouble free. But the JD made solid brick bales whereas the NH bales were somewhat raggid and banana shaped. Perhaps the NH needed a bit of adjustment.

Good luck,
Bill

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Big Jim

09-24-2003 06:16:13
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
I have a 273 New Holland baler. I also bale a lot of straw with it. They are an excellent. Mine rarely ever misses a bale. I don't see how you could go wrong with that purchase.



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dave m

09-24-2003 05:31:08
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 Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to Indydirtfarmer, 09-24-2003 04:03:38  
I am not a full time farmer but do some hay .The 273 that I have was one of the better investments I have ever made.Its nice to see bales comming out of the baler all tied and looking fine.Some other makes I have had seemed to have problems doing this. dave



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J Kirsch NY

09-24-2003 16:39:18
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 Re: Re: New Holland 273 square baler in reply to dave m, 09-24-2003 05:31:08  
I have a NH275, which is essentially the same machine, and baled between 8 & 9 thousand bales this year. It runs like a watch. Go ahead and buy it. you won't be dissapointed. John in NY



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