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Re: JD 4020 for baling square bale hay

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Tim S

04-06-2014 09:51:22

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We bale with a 4440 and a 328 baler,,in heavy hay and pushing it the governors will work a bit, and stacking on a wagon pulled behind it we will do 1800-2000 bales after lunch..yes that is a little more than needed but it all depends on what you want to achieve for the day,,and how smooth you want things to go,,as far as comparing a 2 cylinder PTO system to a 4020... there is no comparison,,a 4020 PTO system is smoother and longer lasting than any old style PTO will ever hope to be...

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04-07-2014 13:08:45

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 Re: JD 4020 for baling square bale hay in reply to Tim S, 04-06-2014 09:51:22  
i dissagree, seen too many 4020 split for the pto idler gear, and pto clutch. never understood the so called "smooth" thing, and i have run 1600 hydr swing, 718 new holland chopper, and ag bagger, filled 24ft x 70ft silo with grass to name a few on my 720 and 730 diesels and on a far less fuel than a 4020. NEVER have had to adjust my ptos on my 2 cylinders. yes pto horsepower is greater with the 4020, dashboard hyd controll was just stupid.side consoles were nicer to use and had less hyd problems. I have found over the last 30 years that people just don't know how to run those old two cylinders and base the opinions on that. 4020 is a good tractor but people put them up on a pedistal and pay absurd prices for them. I wish I had a few to sell

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04-06-2014 15:19:10

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 Re: JD 4020 for baling square bale hay in reply to Tim S, 04-06-2014 09:51:22  
We baled for years with two 336 kicker balers and a 3020D & 4020D. We always stacked the basket racks to get more bales on them for long distances between field and barn. The 4020 was traded for a 4020D Power Shift at one time, then traded for a 3020D. We traded to 346 balers for a long time, the switched to NH575 balers as they had a foot wider pickup than the Deere, which helped when you wanted to make the winrow as wide as possible for good drying. We still have the 3020D's and you won't get them from my Dad until we're both long gone, but my brother has switched us to 3'x3' square bales. I think the baler is a Vermeer. You have to pull that with a good sized tractor. Right now he uses the 7830 with the IVT. It has a 5 bale accumulator so it gets to be a load at times. We still have one NH575 left to do small bales if needed, and for small custom jobs. For the small square baler a 3020D or 4020D will be perfect. Gas, better go with a 4020. We tried a 3020G one summer. It did not handle the baler near as well as the diesel. The powershift works great if you're not the guy riding on the rack, as the shifts can be a little abrupt, but great for varying speed for uneven winrows.

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