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dimensions of hay rack

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Justin SE IOWA

06-25-2011 20:04:01
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I am building a ray rack and am wondering what size is a good size. I am new to hay. I am thinking 8 feet wide and 16 feet long. I will be using it for small squares.




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showcrop

06-28-2011 04:46:47
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
If you are going to just have flat decks 8 ft wide would be fine. Sunday I measured my pain in the butt narrow kicker wagon it is eight feet, and a pain to stack on. I always stack about 20-30 bales to get a good start and a full wagon. On only eight feet you can put down only four flat with one or two on edge. I much prefer the additional six inches that my other wagon have.



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Paul from MI

06-27-2011 18:54:32
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
Mine are 7-1/2' x 15. They were all built on old car axle(very cheap) so not wide enough to be comfortable with 8' wide beds. Still could load 4 tiers 2-1/2 bales wide with a little room to stand. Usually loaded about 96-104 bales per load. Had no problem selling them when I quit making hay, so must have been OK.



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farmer boy

06-26-2011 07:43:03
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
Our smallest rack is 100" x 16' The other two are 8'x 18' and 8'x 18.5' It really makes no difference except that you get more bales on the bigger ones. No more awkard to get around with.



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rustyfarmall

06-26-2011 07:31:36
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
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8x16 is a good dimension. You can go up to 8 1/2 feet wide and still be legal on the road. Any length much over 16 feet gets to be a little awkward if you need to turn a tight corner and go through a gate at the same time, or turn into a narrow driveway.



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Deere Scotty

06-26-2011 04:03:43
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
You could get an extra wide wagon gear like the EZ trail 890 (8 ton / 90" wide). Could make a bed 9 foot wide, & stack 3 36" bales across with a 16.5, or 18 foot bed. The bottom layer alone would be 33, or 36 bales. Its a little over kill; unless You have lots to bale. EZ trail also makes a 10 ton, 90" model that isnt listed in their brochure or the website. Its custom order only last I heard.

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JDseller

06-26-2011 01:06:18
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
I made all of mine 8 x 16. That way you can have four full stacks of hay and still have two feet to stand on. I usually use 8 ton running gears. I lengthen the coupling pole so that the tires are on the corners. This also will make the tongues be long enough to miss the bale chute.



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RayP(MI)

06-25-2011 20:22:28
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
If you can get it a little wider, and longer, you'll appreciate the extra space. Be careful to see that the front of wagon clears bale chute, if you load behind the baler, usually a problem when making short turns. I've had to lengthen tongue on a couple rigs. 8 feet will allow you to load two and a half wide. I load so bales interlock in various layers to help keep load stable



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Fixerupper

06-25-2011 20:12:40
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 Re: dimensions of hay rack in reply to Justin SE IOWA, 06-25-2011 20:04:01  
8X16 has been a common size in this neck of the woods for years if used for small squares. Jim



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