1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Round End Baler Now On The Market
The Agropack produces a rectangular bale with one rounded end that's about the size and density of conventional big round bales. The advantage of the design is that you can stack bales flat for storage or transport, or stand them on end in the field with the rounded end up for weather-resistant outdoor storage.
"We've combined the advantages of both round bales and square bales into one new super baler that we think will take over the market,'" says Joseph Molitorisz, inventor-manufacturer of the new baler.
Molitorisz says his new baler has similar power requirements, similar capacity, and is in the price range of round balers. To build it, he started from the ground up with a totally new baling mechanism. The bales are formed by continuous folding method that Molitorisz says makes them easy to feed out with a pitch-fork.
In operation, the windrow is picked up by a conventional pickup and deposited on compactor rollers that compress the layers of hay and deposit them in the bale chamber,which swings back and forth 45 times a minute to fold and form the bale. The deposited layers force the bale upward against a density control. After reaching the desired length and density, the bale is tied with 5 twine strings and discharged out the back, with the baler stopped like a conventional round baler. It requires about 65 hp to operate.
The bales are 4 ft. across and can be adjusted from 4 ft. to 8 ft. in length. Weight varies from about 1,000 lbs. to 1,500 lbs.
G.E. Berney, a rancher near Okanogan, Wash., bought one of the first round end balers after reading about it in FARM SHOW. He makes bales 4 by 4 by 6 ft. in size weighing about 1,000 lbs. each, using a 45 hp. tractor to run the baler. He says he's saved nearly 50% in baling and handling costs, which includes a 60% savings in twine cost over conventional small square bales. He's made more than 800 bales with the machine the past two seasons.
The baler sells for $19,950. Molitorisz is looking for manufacturers and distributors in other areas of the country.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Agropack, P.O. Box 129, Medina, Wash. 98039 (ph 206 392-3990).
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