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Discussion Board - Re: 44 JD A vs JD 224T baler ???

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06-29-2013 10:12:31

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I believe you will be in 1st gear on that 1944 model A. Now if it was a late model A then it would likely be 2nd gear. Somewhere around 2.2 to 2.5 mph is a good starting point for older lower capacity balers on travel speed.
Regardless, you better rake your windrows to the appropriate size windrows to work with whatever gear you choose. You do not have live power so clutching is not an option. Really your only option is to pull out of the windrow when things start to plug at the baler. Some tractors you can knock em outa gear but not sure that is very easy to do on a JD gated shifter system.

FWIW: I bale without live PTO (Kubota L285 or Farmall h) and its not that big a deal at all as long as the windrows are sized accordingly. Put an idiot on the rake though and you in for a long day of frustration. Forget using them gigantic rakes. You need a more traditional sized rake so you can literally make the windrow the exact the size you want. Some areas of the field that will be simply 1 rake swath, other areas might be 1.5 swaths, and some might even be 2 swaths merged together. If in doubt always error on too small. I also have a 1950 JD model A but have not used it on the baler yet....
This post was edited by rankrank1 at 10:22:05 06/29/13 5 times.

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