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Twine Travel Monitor
"I made my own twine travel monitor after I had problems with twine that didn't cut off or got caught in the baler and continued to feed into the next bale being made. This is a big problem since I use plastic twine. Once it gets wrapped up in a bale it's difficult to get it out to prevent cattle from eating it and dying. Now I know at a glance when the twine is feeding," says Don Thompson, Sutherland, Neb.
"Many times there's a lot of dust in front of the baler and it isn't easy to see twine traveling. Since I installed this monitor, I haven't made a bale with twine in it. The monitor also works as a twine tightener to keep twine tight on bales and keep loose twine from catching in belts or rollers." The monitor consists of two small spring-tensioned pieces of flat iron that bolt to the side of the baler. Twine runs through the center of this monitor arm, which is connected by spring to a micro-switch. The switch is normally open but when twine is traveling, it pulls the switch closed, activating a blinking light in the tractor-cab (he used an auto blinker). Tension on the monitor arm can be adjusted to keep twine tight. Thompson bought all parts he needed for less than $10.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Thompson, HC 72, Box 54, Sutherland, Neb. 69165 (ph 308 764-2329).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #4