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Re: Hay stacker I never saw before.

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Allan In NE

09-07-2006 19:23:35

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Had to have been down in the sandhills where the ranchers are still really big on loose hay.

Haybusters used to be all the rage until the round balers came out. This was about the same time that Hesston came out with those "bread loaf" stackers. Late 60s or early 70s.

The guy running the Haybuster really had to be on his toes tho, because if he didn"t get the stack compressed enough in the center and didn"t build the "roof" of the stack right, the center portion of the stack would "dimple in" with time and leave a depresion in the center of the stack.

Snow and rainwater would then collect in the center and you eastern guys know how moisture can rot hay.

Another one of those things. They used to be everywhere around here and now I can"t even find a darned picture of one. :>(


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09-07-2006 19:29:28

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 Re: Hay stacker I never saw before. in reply to Allan In NE, 09-07-2006 19:23:35  
You know Allan, I've never even seen one of those. There were a couple of those loafers around, but I'm guessing you could buy one of them rigs for a little of nothing anymore. Some ideas just get replaced I guess.

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Allan In NE

09-07-2006 19:40:42

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 Re: Hay stacker I never saw before. in reply to WyoDave, 09-07-2006 19:29:28  

Trouble with the those types of machines, not only do you have to have the stacker, but you need a way to move the stacks too. Hesston had a different mover for every sized stacker they sold.

A friend of mine had one of the big 60A loafers for sale. Think he was asking $400 maybe?

Anyway, no takers I guess, 'cause the last time I saw it, they had it tore down in his yard and was making a trailer out of it.

The darned round balers just knocked everybody in the hay-machinery business in the head. :>)


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09-07-2006 20:41:02

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 Re: Hay stacker I never saw before. in reply to Allan In NE, 09-07-2006 19:40:42  
Those Haybuster stackers were real big back in the Dakotas bin the 70's. I saw a mover and feeder that had a graple arm with backhoe type cotrols for feeding them.

My brother has a Hesston 30, 30A, two movers and a feeder attatchment laying around now that he went to round bales. I got the Cherry on that Hesston 30 stacker in 1972. You wouldn't believe the lashup feeding rig of a 3000 Ford with a Farmhand PTO hyd pump, F11 hyd reservoir, Gresen twin spool valve on the toungue of the Hesston mover and two really nice pitchforks to feed the hay off with. That was before we got the feeder and hooked it all up to a 1086. Had an old Combine gravity grain tank to feed barley cake mounted on the toungue of that rig.

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09-07-2006 19:58:48

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 Re: Hay stacker I never saw before. in reply to Allan In NE, 09-07-2006 19:40:42  
Back in the early 80's when I was trucking in Nebraska the guys around Burwell and Ord were still pretty big on putting alfalfa in stacks with their hay bucks on loaders. I hadn't seen that since the 60's but I didn't see hardly any round bales there, just loose stacks with the 3 cuttings in the same stack.

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09-07-2006 19:46:42

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 Re: Hay stacker I never saw before. in reply to Allan In NE, 09-07-2006 19:40:42  
Allen did they move those round stacks?

Or just feed them where they set?


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