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Re: JD 4020 for baling square bale hay

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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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