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Window Fluffer Built From Junked-Out Round Baler
"It works great for picking up wet, flattened windrows," says Ron Nuss, Russell, Kan., about the windrow fluffer he built from the bottom half of a junked-out Massey Ferguson 1560 round baler.
Nuss paid $120 for the baler which had been damaged in a fire. He removed the tailgate, belts and rollers, and most of the sheet metal behind the axle, keeping only the baler's pickup, drum, and axle. -He shortened the chain that drove the rollers and drum and remounted it on the left side of the baler so the drum would rotate in the same direction as the pickup to keep the crop moving rearward.
"I built it in a wet year when my sudan grass went down bad," says Nuss. "Sudan grass is a tall, stemmy crop that doesn't roll as nice as alfalfa. My side delivery rake couldn't lift it to dry it out. I pull the windrow fluffer right over the top of the windrow just like I would if I was baling. It doesn't turn the windrow over. It picks it up and kicks it back out the rear on top of the stubble so air can get underneath the crop and dry it out. In a few hours I can start baling. It works great on sudan grass but it might not work as well on alfalfa because it's so aggressive it could knock off the leaves."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Nuss, RR 2, Box 75A, Russell, Kan. 67665 (ph 316 935-4325).

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1990 - Volume #14, Issue #1