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AC 303 Baler Knotters

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Alex Rogers

03-09-2004 16:49:12

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I've been working on a 303 baler for my neighbor. I cleaned it up and ran some hay through it. Then I tried threading the needles, but the knotters wouldn't catch the twine. The needles would run up through the knotter mechanisms and the twine wouldn't catch in anything. I don't have a manual for an Allis baler (probably where I should have started; I have NH and MF manuals I thought would be sufficient).

Is there a different way to thread the needles, besides running twine through the tips of the needles and tying them off on the needle swing frame?

I'm thinking that the needles are out of adjustment, in that their pitch is too high and they're not close enough to the twine holder discs for the twine to register in them. Is this idea any good?

ANY information on the service, availibility of parts, and operation of this baler would be great.

Thank you very much for any help,

Alex Rogers, Lansdowne Farm.

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03-09-2004 16:52:54

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 Re: AC 303 Baler Knotters in reply to Alex Rogers, 03-09-2004 16:49:12  
That's the normal way to thread the needles, but are you turning the baler over by hand? Then you can watch what is happening and check how close the needles are to the bill hook, wiper, etc. They may need some adjustment.

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Alex Rogers

03-09-2004 17:18:06

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 Re: Re: AC 303 Baler Knotters in reply to JMS/MN, 03-09-2004 16:52:54  
Yes, I turned the baler over by hand when I tried to theread the needles. When I didn't hear the twine break, I went and saw that nothing had happened. Then I tried it again, and watched it closely, and the twine didn't rest in anything when the needles reached their peak.

Do you know of the proper adjustments and settings for these 303 knotters?

Thank you,
Alex Rogers

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den/southern Illinois

03-11-2004 19:12:43

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 Re: Re: Re: AC 303 Baler Knotters in reply to Alex Rogers, 03-09-2004 17:18:06  
Reworked one last winter that was totally messed up. For the problems you're having I would say you need a manual. There are a couple adjustments that may be needed and too hard to explain...but are in the manual. If you can't find one, let me know and maybe I can copy parts of mine. Den

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Charles 7

09-16-2006 07:44:46

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: AC 303 Baler Knotters in reply to den/southern Illinois, 03-11-2004 19:12:43  
Hello wondering if it would be possible to e-mail me parts of your manual regarding knotter adjustments and timeing. and im in a fix
any help appreciated Charles

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darren wright

06-10-2004 14:09:08

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: AC 303 Baler Knotters in reply to den/southern Illinois, 03-11-2004 19:12:43  
wondering if it would be possible to e-mail me parts of your manual regarding knotter adjustments. they won't tie proper and im in a fix
any help appreciated
darren wright

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