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Re: off topic but on topic rant

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Mike (WA)

06-19-2013 15:14:37

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The need for a manual varies with the type of equipment- I've never had a manual for a disc, or for a hay rake- they're pretty self explanatory, and not very complicated.

That said, IMHO, a baler is the one piece of equipment for which you MUST have a manual- because so many things can go wrong. Not tying correctly? A baler manual will have pictures of the different knot problems you encounter, and will tell you how to fix each one. And the other reason is the disastrous consequences of not adjusting it right. That plunger coming back will make real short work of about $2,000 worth of parts if its not timed correctly, and you can't time it "by feel"- you must do it correctly, or haying season is over for the year.

I've had 4 different balers over the years, and I have yet to go to the field with any of them before I got a manual. And I have never had a manual for many of my other implements, and am none the worse for it.

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06-19-2013 16:03:53

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 Re: off topic but on topic rant in reply to Mike (WA), 06-19-2013 15:14:37  
There's no denying a manual's a good thing to have for any piece of equipment, but I'm with you.

Sometimes you commit the sin of being without one. Maybe you lost it, maybe you never got around to buying one, maybe you can't find one - whatever. It happens.

Funny thing is - I think with most people on this board, if a neighbor came by and asked for some advice with some equipment they didn't have a manual for, they wouldn't snap at them to go buy the manual, or tell them to google it.

Would be nice if the same courtesies extended in real life would carry over to the internet.

But - that's life in a faceless world like we have here.

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Bob Bancroft

06-19-2013 17:50:44

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 Re: off topic but on topic rant in reply to JRSutton, 06-19-2013 16:03:53  
Yep, I think it has lot to do with the "faceless" part you reference. For many of us typing is an effort. If we were able to talk out some advice, it would be easier to be more generous. What really irritates me is when I give some advice on here, right out of a manual, and someone decides they know better, and have to SHOUT about it!

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