1997 - Volume #21, Issue #5, Page #26[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self-Propelled Small Square Baler
He paid $500 for the New Holland string tie baler which no longer worked. The bale chamber, plunger, and knotters were worn out. He replaced them with the baling mechanisms off the Deere 216 baler, lengthening the frame 6 in. to make every-thing fit. The Deere pickup was too high and steep to bring hay into the repositioned bale chamber so he used the original New Holland pickup. The baler has two flywheels - the original New Holland one and the Deere flywheel -which was originally pto-driven. Steckley had a steel shaft made to connect both flywheels.
He painted the rebuilt baler green and yellow. "I built it because I was tired of getting a sore neck from having to look behind me all the time. Now I sit right over the bale chamber so I can see what's going on before a problem develops. Also, I have a good view of the knotters and know the minute they miss. We bale a lot at night, and with the pulltype baler it was so hard to see that there might be four or five broken bales before we'd notice. I mounted extra lights on this machine which helps a lot.
"My total cost was only about $1,000. As far as I know, no one even makes a self-propelled small square baler any more.
"It looks like it would turn wide but it can actually turn shorter than a pull-type baler because I don't have to worry about turning too short and locking up the pto shaft. If I'm working in a tight spot I just run it in , back out, and go."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Steckley, 1212 Smylie Rd., Douglas, Wyo. 82633 (ph 307 358-3111).
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