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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2021 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a Massey Ferguson 1560 ( same as a Vermeer F) last year for just under your budget price. Great round baler and has been trouble free. I had never run a round baler before either and that thing made it easy. Nice tight bales. You should be able to find something that will suit your needs in that budget just fine
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 5:54 am    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Hittleconstruction wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:23:08 05/03/21) I am looking to buy an Inexpensive(2K or less) round baler for my 1st, 2nd maybe 3rd cutting of alfalfa. And once in awhile my grass pasture. I am on very low budget to get things going on baling round. I am sure it will be a twine tie unit.
So my questions are?

Are some better than other for type of harvest?

Should i make sure it has a monitor?

Is there a brand/style that is easier to maintain than others?

What to look at for worn part - Belts - bearings


Some balers; chain type and skinny belt models can be miserable to use if trying to bale straw that comes out of a rotary combine but if all you plan on baling is grass and alfalfa most can make a decent bale.

As far as a monitor goes some are as basic as an arm on the baler you view out the back window, some have a simple light or buzzer that activates in the cab when the bale is ready to tie.
More modern ones will do everything from telling you which side of the bale needs more material, let you know the size, some will give you moisture readings as you go, full auto will even tie the bale for you then let you know with a beep that it is time to eject it. For a small operation a simple visual indicator on the baler is sufficient.

Any baler will need repairs and maintenance, it stands to reason the more bells, whistles and features it has the more that can go wrong.

As far as what to look at goes;
-condition of belts and lacing
-condition of fingers on the pick up
-condition of chains and sprockets
-look for cracks in the side panels of the bale chamber
-PTO shaft and associated u-joints and or cv joints
-gearbox leaks
-slop in twine tie arm bushings
-condition of hydraulic hoses
-run it if you can and listen to the bearings, a simple infrared thermometer can be used to quickly check if any bearings are getting warm.

I think you will be able to find something within your budget, if you were closer I have a Vermeer 605H I would sell for that and I even have a parts machine to go with it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 5:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a Hesston and 2 JD rollers over the years. The Hesston was problematic. the JDs have served me well....keep the chains lubed, park it out of the weather...sun and rain, take the tension off the belts when not in use....just crack the gate lift cylinder before you shut the tractor off and remove the hyd. lines......parts are overnight from your JD dealer.....pretty much regardless of age or model number.

The only reason I had 2 JD balers is because when I retired I downsized my equipment and went from a 5x6 down to a 5x4 essentially cutting the bale weight in half for the new tractor with half the HP.

I like the 8, 3 ply, diamond pattern belts with the Alligator grips. Almost indestructable.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Both mine I bought for the same $5k with about 20 years of age and who knows how many thousands of bales, purchases some 20 years apart. I consider that cheap when you price out a new one.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:03 am    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I just got a New Idea 486 for $2000. I'm pulling it with a JD 2640. Used it for the first time last week to bale first cut orchard grass and alfalfa. All in all worked well. My monitor is just a tie switch and a bale full light. The light stays on even when empty so that needs work. Only made 13 bales and last was much better than first. So far I would say I'm happy with my purchase. I kind of expected the twine to actually tie off somehow But all mine does is wrap around and leave a loose tale. Maybe someone could tell me if that is normal.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:06 am    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I forgot to say that I bought this Feb of 2021 near Rockford, Illinois. That's in north central Illinois.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: Inexspensive Round Baler Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-RoJoSmith wrote:
(quoted from post at 10:03:49 06/01/21) I just got a New Idea 486 for $2000. I'm pulling it with a JD 2640. Used it for the first time last week to bale first cut orchard grass and alfalfa. All in all worked well. My monitor is just a tie switch and a bale full light. The light stays on even when empty so that needs work. Only made 13 bales and last was much better than first. So far I would say I'm happy with my purchase. I kind of expected the twine to actually tie off somehow But all mine does is wrap around and leave a loose tale. Maybe someone could tell me if that is normal.


Yes that is correct and normal, no round baler that I know of has a mechanism that actually ties a knot like a square baler does.
 
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