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Transporting New Holland BR740A and BR70CU Balers

Tractor Transport recently transported these New Holland BR740A and BR70CU Balers from East Bernard, Texas, to Fargo, North Dakota. The trip north was about 1,330 miles long. Weight: 7,000 pounds each. Length: 15 feet each. Width: 8 feet 5 inches each. Height: 10 feet each. To ship your New Holland farm equipment to its next destination, call Tye at Tractor Transport directly.

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Hauling John Deere 469 Premium Round Baler

Tractor Transport recently hauled this John Deere 469 Premium Round Baler from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, to Pickton, Texas. The trip, which include a Chandler 20CLPT Spreader, was nearly 1,100 miles long. Baler. Weight: 5,800 pounds. Length: 12 feet 1 inch. Width: 8 feet. Height: 9 feet 1 inch. Spreader. Weight: 5,000 pounds. Length: 29 feet. Width: 8 feet 9 inches. Height: 8 feet 3 inches. To ship your John Deere baler anywhere in the US, Canada or Mexico, call Tye at Tractor Transport directly.

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Service form TractorTransport.com begins with a call to one of our logistics specialists. We take the information about your equipment and determine the right rig, trailer, and driver to ship your farm baler. We prepare a custom quote for you, including weigh station paperwork, convoy or escort services, and even customs paperwork, removing the hassle so you have one less thing to worry about!

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Choose Tractor Transport to ship your farm baler. Large balers might have to travel as an oversize load. Even if your baler falls within the width limits on your travel path, height could be a problem. Balers more than 8 ½.feet tall should be shipped on a step-deck trailer or RGN. Call your Tractor Transport representative for more details!

Use your tractor to back smaller balers onto the trailer. If you don’t have ramps or an RGN, employ a forklift to lift the baler onto the trailer. Large balers might require a crane to hoist them aboard. Of course, access to a loading dock could simplify your loading process.


Bale-starting diagram

As the hay enters the forming chamber from the pickup, belts immediately turn the hay to form a tight, dense core.

Incoming hay then feeds between the bale and the lower gate roll. Hay is tightly compressed into smooth, dense layers as it enters the bale.

Chaffing is greatly reduced to prevent loss and retain hay quality in the bale.

Full-sized bale in bale chamber

The idler arm rises with bale growth, forcing oil from the hydraulic cylinder through a pressure-relief valve to maintain uniform bale density throughout the bale-forming process.

MegaWide High Capacity and Cutting (HC 2 ) feeding system

The 0 Series Round Baler family welcomes the first, John Deere, North-American built precutter. This feed system in front of these machines is the MegaWide HC 2. The MegaWide Plus name is known as the industry-leading feed system since its introduction with the 7 Series Balers. John Deere continues that legacy with the 0 Series. Proven designs of the MegaWide were maintained and improvements were made to key components to gain significant capacity.

Features of the MegaWide HC 2

The MegaWide HC 2 will only be available in a precutter configuration (available on the 450M, 460M, 460R, 560M, and 560R models):

The MegaWide HC 2 has the same 2.2-m (7.22-ft) MegaWide Plus pickup from the 9 Series. Dry hay and silage 0 Series configurations will also have the MegaWide Plus pickup.

Before the introduction of the MegaWide HC 2. the cam-clutch protection for the driveline was only available on the 9 Series Premium Balers. It is in the base for the MegaWide HC 2 precutter configurations. This driveline pushes the limitations of the baler and the MegaWide HC 2 system by offering the best machine protection John Deere can provide.

Another feature brought over from the 9 Series Premium Balers and being offered on the 0 Series is the grease banks. All daily greasing can be done from the ground in one central location.

MegaWide HC 2 roller baffle and MegaWide Plus roller baffles

The roller baffle on the MegaWide HC 2 doubled in size from the MegaWide Plus from 10.2-cm (4-in.) to 20.3-cm (8-in.) diameter to allow for increased speeds and performance in larger windrows.

The 450M, 460M, 460R, 560M, and 560R Balers that can be configured with the MegaWide HC 2 feed system will have the same flare-to-flare pickup width of 2.2 m (7.21 ft). This 2.2-m (7.21-ft), flare-to-flare, width on 1.22-m (4-ft) balers is only a feature of the MegaWide HC 2 feed system.

Primary rotor relationship to knives – front position

Primary rotor from bale chamber

The primary rotor is only available on the MegaWide HC 2 and is located directly behind the MegaWide pickups.

  • This rotor grabs the crop and drags it over the knives to size the crop to a theoretical length size of 66 mm (2.5 in.)
  • For the 1.22-m (4-ft) machines, there are 14 slots to receive the knives that are located on the floor of the feed system
  • The 1.52-m (5-ft) machine has 20 knives and 20 slots

Fast-pitch augers on the primary rotor

Industry-exclusive, fast-pitch augers have been placed on the primary rotor to move dry hay and silage past the transition points to avoid plugging.

MegaWide HC 2 secondary rotor from bale chamber

The secondary rotor is another component on the feed system that was re-designed from the MegaWide Plus feed system to handle the increased demands of the high-capacity system.

  • The secondary rotor in the MegaWide HC 2 is similar in location and design as the MegaWide Plus spiral rotor.
  • The hex shaft on secondary rotor rotor on the MegaWide HC 2 was increased from 3.2 cm (1.25 in.) from the MegaWide Plus to 3.8 cm (1.5 in.)
  • The diameter of the tube was increased for additional strength and to prevent silage wrapping
  • The number of tines was increased from two to three for additional capacity and flow of crop into the starter roll and chamber.

A third drive roll is another feature that will only be offered with the MegaWide HC 2 feed system.

  • Precutting crop releases additional moisture into the feed system of the baler so the MegaWide HC 2 feed system added a third drive roll on the number 11 roller to ensure trouble-free bale formation even in the most difficult, high-moisture silage conditions.
  • This feature is available only on the MegaWide HC 2 feed system

Drop floor – if the baler exceeds capacity and plugs, the MegaWide HC 2 can lower the knife floor from the cab of the tractor to easily feed the plug into the chamber.

  • Drop floor is an insurance policy to allow the operator to push the machine knowing that a plug can clear in 30 seconds, not 30 minutes.
  • In factory-observed testing with the 2016 test fleet, 99 percent of the plugs were cleared from the cab.
  • Floor is self-cleaning – when lowered to feed a plug, it allows chaff that has been built up around the knives to fall through into the windrow.
  • This release of crop allows the feed system to stay cleaner
  • Allows for easier engagement of the knives and servicing of the knives
  • Based on lack of success for re-engaging knives in competitive machines, John Deere made sure the MegaWide HC2 was built to meet the demands a Deere producer expects.
  • Knife-engagement forces on the MegaWide HC2 are 10 times that of the New Holland Roll-Belt 460 CropCutter Baler. It gives the producer the confidence that if the knives are engaged, they are all up and cutting.
  • Once the knives are up, each knife has individual spring protection, limiting bent or broken knives.
  • Hit a rock and the knife moves out of the way and automatically re-engages.

All MegaWide HC 2 feed systems will have silage components to limit maintenance and prevent crop build up on belts.

  • Driven auger
  • Starter roll scraper knife
  • Auxiliary take up roller
  • For precutter machines only. external belt guides
  • External belt guides were designed to dramatically reduce amount of chaff in the gate
  • Available through parts – retrofittable through 7 Series balers

Descriptive model numbering system

All 0 Series Balers use alpha-numeric identifiers for the model names:

  • The MegaWide HC 2 can be ordered on mid specification (M) and premium specification (R) balers.
  • R specification balers will have the premium pickup with improved internal components that are covered under the 2-year/12,000-bale premium warranty
  • M specification balers and pickups will not contain premium baler components – exception for this is the MegaWide HC 2 feed system will have the premium cam clutch for the driveline and grease banks.

For more information about the model specifications, see the chart below:

NOTE: The 550M is only available in dry hay and silage configurations.

New Holland, Roll-Belt, and CropCutter are trademarks of CNH Global N.V. and its subsidiaries.

Increased torque – the MegaWide HC 2 feed system required an additional drive configuration to power the primary rotor and to meet the capacity goals.

  • The MegaWide HC 2 feed system has a T gearbox where the MegaWide Plus has a 90 degree box.
  • The MegaWide Plus system had a cut-out clutch that protected the spiral rotor and pickup.
  • The MegaWide HC 2 eliminated that clutch because the secondary rotor is more robust than the MegaWide Plus spiral rotor.
  • This allowed the primary and secondary rotor to be driven directly from the driveline.
  • Both components are still clutch protected from the main driveline cam clutch, but there is approximately 10 times more torque being put through the primary and secondary rotor than what is found on the MegaWide Plus spiral rotor.
  • This exponential change in torque is the driving force of the capacity gains in the MegaWide HC 2 feed system.
  • MegaWide HC 2 pickup is still clutched for extended pickup life. That clutch is now located on the left-hand side of the baler. MegaWide Plus pickup clutches are still located on the right-hand side of the baler.

MegaWide HC 2 feed systems will not have the adjustable crank handle for the pickup.

Exclusive DiamondTough belts with plate-type splices

Staggered belts

John Deere’s 178-mm (7-in.) wide diamond-tread design ensures fast bale starts and grips the bale to prevent slippage and reduce chaffing. The treads are self-cleaning to reduce carryover. The belts are staggered to reduce the loss of fine material and are closely spaced to contain the hay for fast, easy starts.

The belts enclose 91 percent of the bale width to reduce loss of fine material and retain hay quality.

The staggered belt roll design enables any loose hay under or behind the belts to be returned to the pickup and into the baler. This design helps to prevent buildup at the front of the baler, which could cause hay loss and belt or splice damage.

DiamondTough triple-weave belts

Every baler in the 0 Series Family uses DiamondTough belts. Belts are constructed using a patented triple-weave process of nylon and polyester materials.

They have the strength to handle heavy shock loads and help maintain consistent belt length.

The DiamondTough belts are more puncture and tear resistant than other belts on the market and provide improved belt life and reliability.

Plate-type fasteners

All of the 0 Series Balers use the plate-type fasteners.

This closed-loop design uses a plate fastener with pre-assembled rivets that lock the fasteners into the belt, providing a powerful vice-type grip on the belt.

  • The plates and rivets are manufactured from high-tensile stainless steel.
  • Strong belt splices mean less maintenance and more productivity.
  • The loop area is cold forged, making it extremely wear resistant in the coupling area, resulting in a very long cycle life.
  • The spring steel pin is notched and locks into the splice connection without having to bend the pin or use external retainers.

0 Series Round Balers. Model specification levels

Round baler models

Previous9 Series models New0 Series models
449 440E
459E 450E
459 450M
459 Silage Special
469 460M
469 Silage Special
469 Premium 460R
559 550M
559 Silage Special
569 560M
569 Silage Special
569 Premium 560R

Round baler model specification

NOTE: The 550M Round Baler will only be available in dry hay and silage configurations.

0 Series Balers have implemented specification levels for all models in the baler lineup similar to what was done when the 459E was introduced. Pickup options will remain the same for the new models equivalent specification. The precutter pickups will have the same MegaWide Plus pickups that will be offered in mid specification (M) or the premium specifications (R) balers.

Automatic electric-tie option using BaleTrak Pro monitor allows for more productivity

Audible alarm

BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller

The BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller is included with the automatic electric tie option and the Edge-to-Edge option on the 450E Baler. The monitor sounds an alarm for near-full, full, and oversized bales.

  • Monitor beeps once to notify the operator to even-up the bale prior to reaching the desired size.
  • Monitor beeps twice when the bale reaches the desired size.
  • If the operator continues to feed hay into the baler, the monitor will sound continuously to warn of an oversized bale.

The audible level of the monitor can be adjusted.

Bale size adjustments can be made manually or automatically

Manual bale size adjustment

On the 440E Round Baler with hydraulic double-twine option, the near-full bale size warning can be adjusted by moving the nut (1) in the slot to match harvest requirements.

BaleTrak Pro bale size adjustment

MegaWide High Capacity and Cutting (HC 2 ) system monitor

The bale size on 450M, 450E with automatic electric tie, 550M, 460M, and 560M Round Balers can be adjusted from the operator’s station with the BaleTrak Pro monitor-controller by pressing symbol 2, then pushing the /- symbol.

Adjustable hitch to match wide array of tractor drawbar heights

Side view of adjustable hitch

Front view of adjustable hitch

The 9 Series Round Balers came standard with an adjustable hitch and this feature will continue to be in base with the 0 Series Round Balers. This feature allows the hitch height to be adjusted to optimize crop-feeding performance. Due to the wide array of tractor tire sizes and drawbar heights, hitch adjustment may be necessary to get the proper feed opening of the baler. The adjustable hitch eliminates the need for the 51-mm (2-in.) thick tractor drawbar kit (AE57344) because it has a wider opening.

  • Ability to match baler to numerous tire sizes
  • Allows for drawbar height to fall within 330 mm to 559 mm (13 in. to 22 in.) from the top of the drawbar to the ground
  • Eliminates narrow feed opening on the baler which can cause plugging
  • Allows pickup head to follow terrain without missing crop
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All eight bolts must be used when adjusting the hitch. There are four different positions as shown below:

Position 1 (top). regular and MegaTooth pickups

Position 2

Position 3 (factory setting). MegaWide Plus and MegaWide HC 2

Position 4 (bottom)

Also standard on all 0 Series Round Balers, except the 450E, is the drawbar flap. This helps to eliminate hay from getting caught on the hitch of the baler. The drawbar flap is designed to allow the operator to remove or attach the flap without having to unhook the baler from the tractor.

Drawbar flap

Drawbar flap installed on baler

Additional features available on the 0 Series Premium Round Balers

The gull wing doors from the 9 Series Premium Balers have been removed. All M- and R-specification 0 Series Balers will have the same stamped, steel door design.

Factory-installed grease bank

Grease bank

Standard on premium round balers is a factory-installed grease bank. This allows the operator to only have to grease eight zerks (four on each side of the baler) for grease zerks that were hard to reach on previous models. The operator will still have to grease the driveline and some other components on the baler.

NOTE: The grease bank will also be found on all 0 Series precutter configuration balers, M and R specification.

Third bale-shape sensor

CommandCenter display with third bale shape sensor

The 460R Premium and 560R Premium offer the producer a third bale-shape sensor that can be turned on or off. This will allow the operator to make consistent, square-shouldered bales since they can now see how the center of their bales are forming.

ISOBUS system

Connection of ISO monitor wiring harness to the tractor

Controller on baler

The ISOBUS system offered on the premium round balers allows the operator to use the latest technology when baling. They can utilize their GreenStar 2600, GreenStar 2630, GreenStar 1800, or certain R-Series CommandCenter displays as their baling monitor and can switch between tractors without having to take the display with them. All information for the baler is stored on the controller.

A two-year or 12,000-bale warranty comes standard on 460R Premium and 560R Premium Round Balers only. Please see full product warranty for more details.

Silage configuration

Staggered roller-auger kit

A silage-configuration baler allows the producer to put up silage hay. A silage configuration machine does not offer a precutter. There are three major components to a silage configuration baler: a staggered roller-auger kit (1), a starter roll-scraper knife, and a screen (2). The powered auger sits above the staggered roll on the baler to help keep wet hay from traveling up the belts and reduce buildup on the roll. The screen is bolted on the front of the baler as a safety feature. The knife/scraper is mounted in front of the starter roll to help prevent wrapping of wet crop on the starter roll.

The silage kit is offered as a bundle for field installation if the baler is not ordered as a silage-configuration machine from the factory. Attachment BE32442 is for 1.22-m (4-ft) wide machines and BE32443 is for1.52-m (5-ft) wide machines.

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Also offered is a high-moisture kit. This kit does not include the same components that are on the silage-configuration balers. It offers the starter roll-scraper knife but does not include the staggered roll-auger kit. Attachment BE23828 is for 1.22-m (4-ft) machines and BE23829 is for 1.52-m (5-ft) machines.

Starter roll knife and screen

Base equipment on: 450M Silage, 550M Silage, 460M Silage, 560M Silage, 450M Precutter, 460M/R Precutter and 560M/R Precutter.

Auxiliary take-up rolls

Auxiliary take-up rolls prevent belt crossover and flipping in wet conditions. This roll is base equipment on all silage and precutter configuration balers. It also comes with the bale ramp bundle on the 440E and 450E Balers.

Precutter configuration

The 0 Series Round Baler family welcomes the first, John Deere, North-American built precutter. This feed system in front of these machines is the MegaWide HC 2. The MegaWide Plus name is known as the industry-leading feed system since its introduction with the 7 Series Balers. John Deere continues that legacy with the 0 Series. Proven designs of the MegaWide were maintained and improvements were made to key components to gain significant capacity.

The MegaWide HC 2 will only be available in a precutter configuration (available on the 450M, 460M, 460R, 560M, and 560R models):

The MegaWide HC 2 has the same 2.2-m (7.22-ft) MegaWide Plus pickup from the 9 Series. Dry hay and silage 0 Series configurations will also have the MegaWide Plus pickup.

MegaWide Plus pickup with MegaTough pickup teeth offers super capacity

460M MegaWide Plus pickup

A MegaWide Plus pickup is available on 440E, 450M, 550M, and 560M Round Balers. It is base equipment on the 450M Silage, 550M Silage, 460M, 460M Silage, and 560M Silage Balers. The MegaWide Plus pickup is also incorporated into the new MegaWide High Capacity and Cutting (HC 2 ) high-capacity precutter feed system.

0 Series Balers have implemented specification levels for all models in the baler lineup, similar to what was done when the 459E was introduced. Pickup options will remain the same for the new models equivalent specification. The precutter pickups will have the same MegaWide Plus pickups that will be offered in mid specification (M) or the premium specification (R) balers.

MegaWide Plus pickups make baling easier, especially in wide or windblown windrows, and increases productivity; more hay volume means more bales per hour.

  • Flare-to-flare width of 1.8 m (5.9 ft) on balers with a 1.2 m (4-ft) wide bale chamber
  • Flare-to-flare width of 2.2 m (7.2 ft) on balers with a 1.5-m (5-ft) wide bale chamber
  • MegaWide Plus pickup makes it easier to produce better-shaped bales and improves crop pickup in wide, windblown, or scattered windrows
  • Mega teeth, located at the ends of the pickup, pull crop around the flares when baling wide or windblown windrows
  • MegaTough pickup teeth provide greater strength and durability
  • Exclusive square design handles high-impact loads without yielding
  • Sturdy toothbar design
  • Self-adjusting roller baffle
  • Spiral rotor-feed system improves feeding in all crop conditions
  • Chain driven for positive feeding
  • Cut-out clutch protected
  • Semi-pneumatic gauge wheels

MegaTough pickup teeth

Mega and MegaTough pickup teeth are base equipment:

  • Mega teeth, at the ends of the pickup, are heavy-duty for long life and improved crop retrieval
  • MegaTough pickup teeth are designed to withstand the harshest baling conditions and provide long service life

The 1.2-m (4-ft) balers use a full-length, reinforced toothbar design.

The 1.5-m (5-ft) balers use a heavy, C-channel construction. The pickup toothbars are divided into two half-sections that mount to a center spider for increased strength and even crop feeding.

Roller baffle

Available only on the MegaWide Plus pickup, the patented roller baffle is self-adjusting and produces smoother crop flow across the pickup. The roller also improves crop pickup in small windrows and prevents roll ahead of crop.

When combined with the MegaWide Plus pickup, this feeding system allows increased ground speed with less chance of plugging for increased productivity in all field conditions.

  • Self-adjusting
  • Smooths crop for even flow across pickup
  • Allows for faster ground speed with less chance of plugging
  • Increases operator productivity

Spiral rotor

Auger and rotor feed system

The MegaWide Plus pickup uses a rotor-feeding assembly, which mounts behind the pickup for smooth and even crop flow into the bale chamber.

  • Augers and rotor teeth are driven on the same shaft, eliminating the need for additional drives.
  • The rotor is fixed to the baler frame, allowing positive and even feeding into the bale chamber.
  • Large-diameter converging augers have high crop-flow capacity, and auger scrolls help to force crop into the chamber.
  • Spiral design enhances feeding in uneven windrows and reduces loading on the rotor.

Rotor stripper

Rotor strippers allow crop to be lifted from the rotor teeth into the chamber without cutting or wrapping the crop.

Cut-out clutch protection and feeder-drive chain

The MegaWide Plus pickups and spiral rotor are chain-driven for positive bale starts with cutout clutch protection. The pickup is being driven off the drive roll and bypasses the starter roll. This will allow for reduced wear and breakage of the starter roll chain.

Semi-pneumatic gauge wheel

Semi-pneumatic gauge wheels provide smooth ground gauging over uneven terrain and protection to the pickup.

  • Stiffer rubber sidewalls
  • No air pressure to maintain, which mean no flat tires
  • Adjustable to meet pickup tooth-to-stubble height requirements

The pickup float springs are positioned for excellent flotation.

  • Adjustable to meet varying field conditions
  • Float springs only support the pickup reel
  • Rotor assembly is fixed to the baler frame, eliminating additional weight on the pickup system

Adjustable crank handle

The adjusting crank positions the pickup to the desired operating height to match crop or field conditions.

An optional hydraulic pickup lift cylinder is available as an attachment.

  • Makes raising for transport or clearing obstructions easy
  • Crank handle serves as a down stop
  • Adapts to regular, MegaTooth and MegaWide Plus pickups
  • Hydraulic pickup lift comes standard on premium machines

Choosing a Hay Baler

Folks who make hay on a small scale often simply stack the dried forage — usually out of the elements — but piles of loose hay take up a lot of space and are sometimes difficult to feed from without the help of a hay knife and some serious labor. One solution to the issues associated with handling loose hay is to convert the hay into neat and tidy packages called bales. If you have priced new hay balers recently, though, you might be stunned by the size of the investment. However, if you only need relatively few bales, you can get the job done with a small to midsized investment, depending on how many bales you will make in a year and how many acres of hay you intend to put up.

People power

One of the easiest ways to get into baling on a micro scale is to build yourself a stout wooden box, roughly the dimensions of the bales you desire. You can simply position a pair of wires or twines lengthwise in the box, pitch hay into it, press it down with your hands and feet, and tie the bundles together with the twine or wire. This will get you a fairly loose bale, but one that is stackable nonetheless. This process will take several minutes per bale, so if you have hundreds to do, it might not be the best approach. Extending this model one step further would be to add a plunger to the box baler with a sufficiently long handle to help compress the hay, which would create a tighter, heavier and better-shaped bale that would stack more readily. If you build it with a door, you can also more easily remove the bale.

At the time of this writing, I am aware that DR Power is in the prototype stage on a potential production model manual baler that is relatively light, easy to move around, and that allows you to lock the plunger in the compressed mode to facilitate tying a tight bale. If your hay is windrowed and ready, you might be able to make about eight or more 60-pound bales an hour with this tool. Not too bad, if your entire year’s worth of hay amounts to 100 small square bales.

These completely manual options will help you get the baling accomplished for very little investment in equipment — from virtually nothing to a few hundred dollars. You can scythe your standing forage, rake it by hand with a homemade wooden hay rake, and then bale it with your manual baler. The tradeoffs with this approach are time and physical labor. And those tradeoffs limit the total hay acreage you can readily put up in a season. However, if you have need for an acre or less of baled hay to see your sheep through the winter, this is a productive and satisfying way to get it done. Many folks simply choose to purchase bales when their need is so small — I say if you have the land already, why not put it to good use and get in shape at the same time.

Power baling

Assuming you already have a compact or subcompact tractor to help with the hay-making chores around your place, you can consider a mini mechanized baler since you already own the power unit. Using powered hay-making tools will significantly increase the hay acreage you can easily handle — and it will allow you to make more hay faster, which can matter if you live in a region where it is difficult to get several good drying days in a row. Mechanized baling often allows you to get the hay in before that next storm system blows through, dropping an inch of rain along the way. This approach will generally cost you a minimum of about 8,000 for a new, small-scale hay baler to something less than 20,000 depending on the type. Used options would come in substantially lower (see “New or Used” below).

At the micro end of the mechanized baling scale, you have the CAEB mini round hay baler that runs as an attachment on the BCS and Grillo two-wheeled tractors (8- to 11-PTO horsepower). This is a high-quality implement that kicks out 40- to 60-pound round bales that are up to 21 inches in diameter by 23 inches long. These little round bales won’t stack quite as neatly as small square bales, but the baler is very capable and far less expensive than the mini small-square balers, and you don’t need a larger four-wheeled tractor to operate it.

Mini hay balers

Several of the mini hay balers designed to fit smaller lightweight four-wheeled tractors are manufactured in Japan and Italy. Relatively few lines are imported into North America, but several robust and reliable models are readily available — you may need to get comfortable using a dealer that is located several states away from you.

Mini balers that will produce either small round or small square bales are available in sizes that make a good match for many subcompact tractors. For example, the Small Farm Innovations (SFI) MRB 850 is perfect for a subcompact tractor, so long as it has about 15 PTO horsepower minimum and can lift roughly 800 pounds on its 3-point hitch. This little baler and its more automated sibling, the MRB 855, are professional-quality implements designed to drop 2-foot-by-2-foot rolls in your field all day. These bales will weigh from around 40 pounds to more than 60 pounds depending on the forage you are baling and how tightly you pack it.

The Abbriata M50, which is available through GoodwinConcepts, will work similarly with many subcompact tractors to produce 20-inch-diameter-by-27-inch-long bales in weights up to more than 100 pounds depending on the forage, its moisture content, and how tightly you roll it.

If small square bales are in order, SFI offers the THB1070 and THB1071 compact square hay balers. As long as your tractor can safely tow 1,700 pounds and has a minimum of 13 PTO horsepower, you can make up to 300 bales per hour with these machines. The bales will be roughly 12 inches by 16 inches in cross section, and you can make them as short as about a foot tall and as long as about 40 inches. Weights will vary, but you can easily make bales in the 10- to 60-pound range.

Phil Livengood, CEO of SFI, says the THB family of balers is popular among commercial balers in the pine straw industry and the small hay baling equipment industry. Abriatta’s M60 Mini/S hay baler is also suitable for use with many subcompact tractors, and will produce bales that are 13 inches by 17 inches in cross section, 16 inches to 51 inches long, and up to about 60 pounds in weight. The overall width of this machine is about 5 feet.

In most cases, a new mini square baler will be more expensive than an equivalent or greater capacity round baler.

Compact balers

Step up to a compact tractor with 25 to 45 PTO horsepower and you have even more choices for making hay. You can still utilize the mini balers discussed above, and you can add to them. If you want to make 3-foot-by-3-foot round bales, you can use SFI’s TRB 910 baler to make bales from roughly 250 pounds up to about 500 pounds maximum weight. You’ll probably want a front-end loader on your tractor or a 3-point-hitch-mounted bale spear to move these medium-sized bales around the farm. Abriatta’s M100 baler will produce 39-inch-by-39-inch bales — but the manufacturer recommends about 40 PTO horsepower for optimal results. Massey Ferguson’s MF 1734 machine makes a bale 39 inches wide by up to 52 inches in diameter and weighing around 550 pounds with dry hay — and 30 PTO horsepower should be sufficient to make it all happen.

In addition to the mini square balers described in the previous section, your compact tractor should have no problem powering and pulling the entire family of SFI’s THB series balers, including the wide pickup models THB2070 and THB2071. These balers can handle a wider swath than the THB1070 and THB1071 and will produce up to 300 bales per hour all day with a minimum of 15 horsepower at the PTO. Abriatta’s M60 Super is the wider-pickup equivalent of the M60 and would also be well-suited to compact tractors.

Small standard balers

If your compact tractor offers 40 or more horsepower at the PTO, or you have a larger-framed utility tractor, or even an older model, higher horsepower tractor, you can choose from among most of the balers covered above, as well as some of the conventional equipment from major implement manufacturers. For example, most conventional small-square balers will require a minimum of 35 horsepower at the tractor’s PTO. You will want to be sure that your tractor can handle the actual weight of the baler, particularly if you plan to pull a hay rack behind it.

Most manufacturers still offer large-round balers that will perform well with 40 to 45 PTO horsepower minimum. These machines typically produce bales that are roughly 4 to 5 feet wide by a maximum of 5 feet in diameter. These bales can weigh up to 1,200 pounds depending on the forage type, moisture content, and density of the bale. For example, John Deere’s Model 448 makes bales that are 46 inches wide in diameters from 36 inches to 51 inches. The Vermeer Rebel 5410 will make bales that are 4 feet wide and anywhere from 36 inches to 60 inches in diameter. Vermeer suggests a minimum of 40 PTO horsepower. You can get away with lower PTO power if you take it slow and don’t load up the bale chamber to maximum capacity — but it’s up to you to save your tractor from bale abuse.

The standard balers also tend to be heavier than the compact and mini balers, so if you choose this route, be certain your tractor can handle the total weight, as well as the drawbar weight of these machines.

Hank Will employs his Kubota tractor with a Vermeer baler to make hay while the sun shines on his Osage County, Kansas, farm.

Read more: Learn about putting up hay the old-fashioned way in Making Hay in Osage County, Kansas.

Round or square bales

There was a time when most hay bales were small rectangular cubes — whether created with a manual-powered stationary or powered mobile balers. These so-called small square bales were favored because they were easy for one person to handle, they stacked neatly and tightly in the barn, and they made it easy to keep track of feeding rates. Some folks still swear by small square bales and pay a premium for them. Particularly in the realm of horse hay and small milking flock hay, the convenience and quality control that’s available with small squares makes a lot of sense. However, when you have 50 head of cattle to feed, the labor associated with making and handling small squares might give you pause. And while there are large-square balers in production today, 500-pound-plus square bales are more difficult to handle, and the high-production-capacity balers that make them require plenty of horsepower to operate and money to purchase.

Most folks think large or small round bales are a modern invention, but that’s not entirely true. One of the first highly successful round balers was the Allis Chalmers Roto-Baler, which was built from the 1940s to 1960. This machine made small round bales that were about the size of small square bales. Fast forward a few decades, and the round baler evolved into the relatively simple machines that roll forage into packages from 40 pounds up to about 2,000 pounds. Round balers have a couple of advantages over small-square balers. They have fewer moving parts, are generally less needy when it comes to adjustments, and they produce hay packages that will naturally shed water should they be left out in the rain. Small-round balers offer most of the advantages found with small-square balers (alfalfa aficionados will argue that small square bales save more leaves), while large round bales are most easily moved around with bale spears on either the tractor’s 3-point hitch, front-end loader or both. If you need tons of hay and have the means to move it relatively easily, the large round bales make a lot of sense.

New or Used

While new balers start around 8,000 for some of the small round-bale machines to a minimum of 15,000 for mini small-square balers to more than 20,000 for larger, standard-sized machines, if you are handy, there are plenty of older used balers on the market that you could use with your compact tractor. In the realm of small-square balers, members of the John Deere Model 14 series are still relatively plentiful — and replacement parts are not too difficult to obtain. These machines can be run with heavier compact tractors. Newer model balers can also work. Some other brands to consider include Massey Ferguson, International Harvester and New Holland.

In the world of large-round balers, the somewhat rare Vermeer 403 (makes 3-foot-wide-by-4-foot-diameter round bales) or more prevalent 504 (makes bales 4 feet wide by up to 5 feet in diameter) families of balers can work nicely, even if you have somewhat less than 40 horsepower at the PTO. Other manufacturers produced round balers in the 4-foot-by-5-foot size and smaller as well. If the hay baler you are looking at was used for making silage (baleage), you might pay a mechanic to look it over carefully since putting up wet forage is tougher on the machine. Round balers have different fundamental operating mechanisms — they all work, but some work better in some conditions than others.

Do your research and talk to folks who make hay in your area to gain insight on pros, cons and expenses associated with individual makes and models of balers before you make the purchase. As with most types of machinery, individual folks may have strong emotional attachment to, or disdain for, a particular brand or style of hay baler. Take it all in with a grain of salt. If your friend seems irrationally against a Vermeer or John Deere, or IH or Hesston, or other brand of baler, you might find someone who actually uses such a machine to gain more useful information.

Functional and small-field-ready used balers of all types can be had for around 1,500 to 6,000 — or much more depending on how recent the model year is. Be sure to look carefully over the spec sheet to be sure the hay baler will work safely with your tractor.

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High Efficiency Mini Round Hay Baler Machine For Sale With Best Price Good Quality

Product Description High efficiency mini round hay baler machine for sale with best price good quality Product Application Round baler automatically picks up and bundle bales of rubbed corn stalks, rice straw, grass and wheat, is widely used in forage, rice, wheat and shredded corn stalks for.

High efficiency mini round hay baler machine for sale with best price good quality

Product Application

Round baler automatically picks up and bundle bales of rubbed corn stalks, rice straw, grass and wheat, is widely used in forage, rice, wheat and shredded corn stalks for automatic collection and strapping for easy transport. storage and deep processing, can be used with the lawn mower to facilitate the cutting grass; also supporting the wrapper to achieve coating.

With small size, light weight, compact structure, easy operation and high efficiency, operating efficiency of 5-10 acres per hour, round baler set picking and bundling in one, can be followed by the tractor or combine harvester. Its compact design enables the cut grass to be collected and baled on any type of ground, also on hills, in mountain areas and on steep slopes.

Force Feeding System Normal

For corn stalks, it is usually tough and long, the normal models are easy to block.

870F/1070F/1090F series models use Forced Feed technology, can prevent blockage when pick up Maize straw.

Main Features

Matching 25-50hp tractor ,driven by PTO. 2. PTO transmi t ion, 3 point hitch.

Bale length and density adjustable. 4. Natural hemp twine,harmless to animals.

A uto release system by rope or button.

Weifang Guoan Engineering machinery Co., Ltd, founded in 2006, is a comprehensive technology company intergrating scientific research, production, sales and services. We have 12 years’ experience of mechanical development and production. We have more than 200 employees, 30 RD persons, a number of patented technologies, and we have CE and ISO9001 certification.

We FOCUS on mini round baler about 5 years. The 850/870/1070/1090 series round baler that we have researched and produced independently are the hanging round baler that can be matched with 25-50hp tractor to go for the walking works in the filed and is mainly used for collecting and bundling the dry green grass, straw, wheat-straw and cornstalk after their harvest. Once the series were available, they were exported to Russia, Vietnam, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Serbia, Brazil, Columbia, Czech and many other countries.

Package Type: iron crate with film

Every machine will be tested before shipment.

What size of tractor suitable for this baler?

-If your tractor has 20-50HP, then it will operate our compact hay balersIf your tractor has independent or live PTO you can operate our compact hay balers.

Could you please give me a discount on price? The price is negotiable according to your quantity. When you send an inquiry, please advise the quantity you want. For example, one 20 ft or 40 ft/HQ container will get a very favorable price.

T/T 30% deposit, 70% Balance pay before delivery. Or as per your request.

-We have disc moer, which can cut grass, alfalfa and corn stalk into lines.

-Hay rake to ted and rake your materials.

-Round or square baler to bundle these materials into bales.

-Hay wrapper can wrap your bales for long time storage.

Pls email me or chat with me on TradeManager directly. Whatsapp/Mobilephone: 86-152 65657717

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