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Farm Accident- Round Baler

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Chris(WA)

09-04-2012 05:33:14
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Just read about this one in the local home town newspaper. Not much detail. What a way to go! Uff Da! Round baled to death...Gotta be careful ALL the time!




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Johndeereman

09-04-2012 14:02:42
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
The fix for the new holland baler is to weld 1/2 inch square stock on the smooth roller we had to do it to grandads. As far as using a stick to unplug something had a distant relative in the '60's having trouble with a chopper plugging couldn't see the problem with machine off so he got the bright idea of using an oak axe handle to reach in and unplug well the blower on the chopper grabbed that handle chewed it up and spit it right back at him sending thousands of splinters into his arm he spent several hours in the hospital having the splinters removed. Still and all he was still very lucky that's all that happened

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Texasmark1

09-04-2012 13:58:14
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
The op manual says shut the SOB engine off before you try to do anything. If you are so stupid that you can't follow instructions, you deserve what you get.

Mark



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dgasper

09-04-2012 10:06:35
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
Many years ago one of my dad's friends got off the tractor to clear his corn picker when his clothes got caught in the PTO shaft. His wife found him wrapped around the still running shaft. He is survived by his wife and two lovely daughters.



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ShadetreeRet

09-04-2012 09:47:34
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
A careless moment can have far reaching effects even if you survive. When I was in my teens, I knew a man who tried to clean bunch of vines out of a corn picker with it running. Lost a hand, became an alcoholic, lost his wife and family. Last time I saw him he was a pathetic sight.



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The tractor vet

09-04-2012 09:14:23
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
Now this was NOT a accident but either lastyear or the year before a guy i know was inside his baler doing something and his wife closed the the baler door on him and left him stuck in side . She was just a little mad at him . Now if she was really mad she could have started the tractor and baler and wrapped him up.



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farmer boy

09-04-2012 08:21:41
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
I'll admit to clearing a round baler while running, BUT it's with a 3-4' stick. I ain't going near that thing with my hands. Can't understand how people think they'll get out fast enough.I've had the baler get a few sticks, other wise it would have been me. Before someone gives me crap for doing that much it's the only way the damned thing will start a bale sometimes. Grassy sh!t is too slippery for the belts to get things moving.

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Billy NY

09-04-2012 09:38:42
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to farmer boy, 09-04-2012 08:21:41  
I dunno, but if that is a regular occurrence, that baler would be replaced, I just cannot get beyond the fact that people do not shut the tractor off if they have to deal with this kind of equipment for any reason, what (and maybe I do not know enough here) reason is there to chance leaving it run while doing whatever, if the condition occurs and the only option is to clear or fool with it while running because you cannot while its stopped, something just is not right.

I have seen a JD sileage special, think its a 583, plug, and this thing will eat some hay in a hurry based on windrows I have raked and the speed at which he bales. I think it was a re-bale on one bale that broke which caused it to plug, I recall unrolling the bale for him, something was not right, likely the bale unrolled needed to be fluffed up, his speed too fast or what, the thing just never plugs, I've seen most of its first 2000 bales since new at the time in '09. He fooled with it in the cab, I forgot exactly how he did it, recall him cycling back and forth, but when I got near the tractor, he waved me right off, and I was not that close, no way I'd get near it running, especially after cleaning and greasing it, never learned to run it, but know without a doubt to stay well clear when running.

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farmer boy

09-04-2012 13:10:04
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Billy NY, 09-04-2012 09:38:42  
I ain't going to argue with you on this. Something isn't right with a baler that can't start a bale in grassy hay or most straw. I can't bale everything with the square baler and updating the baler isn't a priority right now, other stuff needs it alot worse. The reason I can't turn it off is because it's not plugged in the usual way. There is very little hay in the baler, and the belts just won't grab it to form a roll, and the pickup clutch eventually slips, so you have to idle down and push on it with a stick to force it in to start the bale. There is very little chance of it actually grabbing a stick that's 2" in diameter. I push from the edge of the pickup, right where it goes from the 52" pickup and crowds it into the 46.5" wide chamber. I'm to the side of the pickup and the stick doesn't normally cross any pickup teeth. Not saying what I do is a completely safe and acceptable practice, but I'm doing it as safe as I can, minus not doing it at all. Not being able to start slippery materials is a New Holland trait from what I have heard, so the next baler will likely be a John Deere. The baler rarely has a problem once it has started the bale. You can drive down the field at a fairly quick pace. It's just starting the bale that can be a PIA.

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rrlund

09-04-2012 09:00:34
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to farmer boy, 09-04-2012 08:21:41  
I wouldn't even use a stick. We all had corn pickers back when I was in school and it's common around here to see guys with hands and fingers gone from them. Our ag teacher in high school was warning about it in class one time by showing us how fast you can get pulled in even from a few feet away. He had us grab ahold of a broom handle and pull. He'd let us pull it a few times,then he'd yank it quick. Everybody who tried got beyond the point of being pulled in if we'd have had ahold of a corn stalk.

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JMS/.MN

09-04-2012 09:17:40
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to rrlund, 09-04-2012 09:00:34  
Late 50s our FFA advisor had a visitor- some guy marketing a "stick" to unplug corn pickers. Advisor said the picker feeds at a rate of 3-5 feet per second....stick wouldn"t last a second.



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DeltaRed

09-04-2012 07:54:41
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
Years ago,There was a man in Canada who lost both arms at the shoulders in a round baler.My mother made me read the story and think about it....Still gives me shivvers.I rememder that any time I have to work around a running machine...BE CAREFUL!!!!



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Bruce from Can.

09-04-2012 07:51:44
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
Young farmer near here lost his right arm just above the elbow this summer. His NH round baler was making some thumping sound , left the tractor seat with the pto running to try to determin what the sound was. I understand his shirt got caught, put his arm up to stop himself from being sucked into the baler, and it sheared his arm off. He picked up his limb, and walked back to the house with it. But it was too damaged to reattach. Sad situation for a young man with a faimly.

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JMOR

09-04-2012 07:15:41
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Bob Bancroft, 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeYes, it is still a tragic accident...........you are just questioning the cause. Not enough details to do that...yet.



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bison

09-04-2012 07:00:36
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
IMO,That was no accident,it was plain stupidity.

It never ceases to amaze me that some people think they can fix or unplug someting on a baler or any other equipment for that matter while it's running :shock:
This post was edited by bison at 07:20:30 09/04/12.



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jackinok

09-04-2012 06:22:45
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to Chris(WA), 09-04-2012 05:33:14  
One of the common accidents with a round baler is for women or guys with long hair getting their hair stuck in the belts and it scalping them ,or ripping their whole scalp and face loose. you have to be aware at all times when working with this stuff.



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dave2

09-04-2012 06:48:56
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to jackinok, 09-04-2012 06:22:45  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

That could explain things............Ran across a pic of my ex wife a little while ago......Always figgered she was too lazy to be farmin tho :roll:



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dave2

09-04-2012 06:47:01
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to jackinok, 09-04-2012 06:22:45  
You just can't be too careful.............



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Sid

09-04-2012 09:06:36
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 Re: Farm Accident- Round Baler in reply to dave2, 09-04-2012 06:47:01  
I wish I had a picture of the "Ten toes up and ten toes down" hay bale a neighbor fixed up a few years ago.



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