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Roto- Baler

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Scott(MO)

04-10-2003 21:11:59




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How hard are the roto balers to use? Are they a tempermental thing to run? What are the positive and negatives about the baler other than bale handling?

Scott




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tegen

07-08-2003 06:23:51




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
dose any one know how the twin is supos to go on the baler????
thanks i relly need to find out



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tegen

07-08-2003 06:12:21




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
i hope no one minds im using there coments for resarch ok



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James (MO)

04-13-2003 21:42:33




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
The comments about proper windrowing are appropriate. Use a WD or 45, make sure the hay is dry enough (just like any other baler), take your time, and get an operators manual. They work good when adjusted properly and operated with common sense........FWIW



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Archie

04-12-2003 17:55:08




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
Hello Scott. The roto baler is a good machine. We have had one for twenty five years or so. It only bales ten acres twice a year. Don't roll the windrow like for a square baler. Two windrow's just barely touching. They are only as dangerous as the operator. A allis dealer can get you a operators manual. They can have bad days like all square and round balers. Just be careful and it will work out for you. Archie

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LEE

04-12-2003 10:10:28




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
I AGREE WITH BILL ONLY SHOOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT IT MAY NOT HEART AS BAD. MY FATHER PURCHASED ONE NEW IN THE EARLY 60'S AND THE BEST THING ABOUT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A PERCH FOR CHICKENS. HE HATED IT AND TO THIS DAY STILL CUSSES IT. BEST OF LUCK WITH IT (I ALMOST LOST AN ARM TO IT SO I FEEL THE SAME WAY)



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Figgers

04-12-2003 11:30:04




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 Re: Re: Roto- Baler in reply to LEE, 04-12-2003 10:10:28  

It takes a guy with some smarts to run one of these without having problems. They should at least be able to find the 'CAPS LOCK" key LOL!



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Rick

04-12-2003 06:41:24




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
Go for it. These projects can be fun. I have to pretty nice machines for sale if you need. One machine is really nice and has some of the extras on it. Being a later model. I will be doing one this summer also along with horse drawn binder. Let me know Rick



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Ken Johnson

12-02-2004 17:58:31




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 Re: Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Rick, 04-12-2003 06:41:24  
Rick, Do you still have a Roto, I live in Wisc and want to find a late Model in excellent condition, Had one on the farm, they are the best. Ken



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David Maddux

04-12-2003 04:44:20




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
My Granddad used to say that the only flaw in the baler was that the engineers for got to design a tool box to keep a bottle of whiskey in.



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JMS/MN

04-11-2003 19:45:40




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
The Roto-Baler is extremely simple to operate and maintain. Most important thing in getting a good bale is to start with the right windrow. It must be a double windrow, uniform and like size, with barely any space in between them. Too much space and the bale gets a soft middle, too little (narrow, high windrow) gives you a bale with small ends. Run the baler down the windrow until the twine arm drops and the conveyor stops, stop forward motion and run the twine on the bale. Then the bale is discharged and the conveyor will resume turning, and you continue down the windrow. With a WD, drive in second gear under most conditions, and with the live power hand clutch, the operation goes quite smoothly.

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JMS/MN

04-12-2003 13:13:31




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 Re: Re: Roto- Baler in reply to JMS/MN, 04-11-2003 19:45:40  
It is interesting to see the complaints about the Roto-Baler, especially about almost losing an arm while operating one. I imagine he tried tossing some hay into the rollers to get the twine to catch, while leaving the pto running. Whose fault is that? There is a rope that you pull to mementarily activate the conveyor to pull in a bit of hay to pull the twine between the rollers and start the wrap. Dad's baler, bought in '48-'49, had the rope, don't know if it was an option. He had the baler til he quit in '65, and the only repair was to get a cast part welded 2-3 times, one that latched the bale chamber. Neighbor used to break belts by pulling the rope to get bigger bales. Abuse the machine and break parts! Leave the pto running and lose body parts. No excuse for that, and no sympathy.

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Bill

04-11-2003 19:29:06




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
Take my advice,, hit your thumb as hard as you can with a big hammer ,,running that baler will be much more painful,,, Bill



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Scott(MO)

04-12-2003 21:23:50




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 Re: Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Bill, 04-11-2003 19:29:06  
I don't think that is one of my options , but thanks for the advice.



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Eddie

04-11-2003 09:55:21




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 Re: Roto- Baler in reply to Scott(MO), 04-10-2003 21:11:59  
Not hard to run , can be a learning exp.I suggest using it with a wd tractor, windrow has to be right.Might look on ebay for some orginal owner/op. manual that would help . Unlike sq. bales they can stay in the field a +. Hope this is some help. Eddie



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