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Baler Puts Chopped Wood Into Bales
A baler for chopped wood? Sounds unusual but Jim Fincham, Leon, Iowa, builder of wood balers, says they work great for compressing firewood into a tight bundle that's easy to load, transport and store.
Fincham says wood bales can be made up to 5 ft. wide and 4 ft. high. After stacking wood in the baler, you engage two 14 in. stroke hydraulic cylinders that force a beam against the wood, compressing the logs into a tight bale which is wrapped with nylon strapping.
Wood bales are easy to load on a truck or trailer with a loader, easy to store and, when selling wood, provide a uniform sized bundle for the buyer.
To use, you first put a pallet down on the bottom beam of baler which allows you to pick up wood bales with a tractor or skid steer loader. Next, place pallets along each sidebeam. These side pallets form a firm edge for the wood to be pressed against and a place for the nylon strapping to go around. The top beam swings out of the way for picking up the finished bale.
Fincham generally stacks 18 in. long wood but says longer logs easily stack in the baler. A plywood back panel, adjustable for different log lengths, provides a firm back for uniformly aligning the logs for stacking.
Mounted on an axle, you can pull the baler behind a truck, tractor or trailer. The two cylinders are powered off the hydraulics from your tractor, or an auxiliary pump.
Sells for $2,950.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jim Fincham, Rt. 3, Box 75B, Leon, Iowa 50144 (ph 515 446-6550).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #1