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Bless You #10

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Michael Soldan

08-21-2009 08:16:58

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There is often unkind words when a baler refuses to cooperate when the hay is at its peak for baling. Last week I had hay cut, dry, raked and ready. I was alone. This was second cut, the first cut I had done in big rounds for a customer. I got out the MF#10, it hadn't baled since a year before when I did wheat straw. Welp, being alone I run bales down the shute onto the rack and then stop and stack and then run a few more..on and off the tractor every fifth or six bale..that's hard enough..but that little baler never missed a bale and I did two wagon loads, around 240 bales..I never changed the twine from last year, all I did was air up the tires, few drops of oil on the chain, hooked up, drove to the field and started baling...I've seen us spend a good hour getting it set up, but the baler was on my side that day. We have learned that a MF#10 cannot be pushed hard and the hay has to be raked in solid rows and it must be dry and ready..Never missed a one!

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Hugh MacKay

08-22-2009 14:50:17

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 Re: Bless You #10 in reply to Michael Soldan, 08-21-2009 08:16:58  
Michael: You need a good working baler the way rains keep hammering us this summer. Been a lot of folks washed their hay after cutting, more than once this summer. Those No. 10 were just a damn good baler, maybe not super production, but dependable.

I've been cultivating 35 acres of cabbage south of Ingersol with my 140. Due to rains it took me 3 weeks, and of course because of those rains I couldn't get those damn weeds to die. In the end I had to do 3 passes. From the time I took the job it rained a week, cabbage was 12" across and lamb's quarters a foot high and thick as a poor hay crop, when I first got there.

I was using the cultivator tooling I bought from Neal's up in Exeter. He knew what he was doing when he bought that equipment 55 years ago. I was surprised those weeds flowed through. I only plugged the shanks once in 35 acres.

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