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24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:56 pm    Post subject: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am sure this is a silly question, but what is the "easiest" method to remove the stationary and plunger knives so that I can sharpen them. I can reach the nuts on the blade mounting bolts, but I don't see any good way to actually reach the blades to remove and then reinstall them.

Do you remove the rods above the pickup springs and then "squeeze" into the bale chamber through the entrance past the feed auger?
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:53 am    Post subject: Re: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've done it a few times on a 214T and a 346. I never took off any pick up parts, just squeezed into the pickup on top of everything and took 'em out. It helps that I'm kind of small.
After you sharpen, adjust the plunger so the knives run nice and close as per the manual.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:12 am    Post subject: Re: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks,

Just wanted to make sure I was looking at this the right way.

Guess I better grease up good, so I don't end up stuck and the first bale of the season Smile
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

In know this don't sound thrifty, but we don't re-sharpen the knives, we re-place them with new,they never seem to be good enough after we sharpen them, no-matter how carful we are same with brush hog blades,when they loose there edge the good is gone.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tim - what you have observed is not uncommon. The cause is overheating of the cutting edge during the sharpening process. That edge wll loose its hardness if it turns blue during the process. A steady drip of water or taking it real easy during the grind -- demands patience galore. (PatB)
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 24T Baler Plunger Knife Sharpening Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes there is a lot to do with that, and it is common for most to make 'blue spots' and not keeping the proper angle, and actualy getting them "to sharp" allowing them to break the edge,,also the old knife gets a groove worn in them where they slide at the bottom, I guess all of these things combined convinced my Brother and I to go with new,,all the old guys that under stood the art of sharpening around here are gone,,as for the brush hog blades we run a 20 ft. Deere bat-wing and when the edge gets rounded they leave a missed place in the middle, it seems that the outer 1 inch or so does most of the cutting.
 
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