1982 - Volume #6, Issue #1, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
First Round End Baler
"Round bales are efficient but they're difficult to stack and transport. Rectangular bales, on the other hand, are easy to handle and stack but they're not weather-resistant. We've combined the advantages of both into one new Super Baler," says Joseph Molitorisz, inventor-manufacturer of the first-of-its-kind baler.
Molitorisz says his new baler has the same power requirements, the same throughput capacity, and costs only slightly more than big 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.
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.
"Other big square balers have been developed but they are mostly geared to custom operators. I've found that farmers like the convenience of round balers, but don't like the handling problems that go with them," Molitorisz told FARM SHOW.
To move the "round end" bales, or to set them on end for outdoor storage, Molitorisz has developed a tractor-mounted, hydraulically-operated fork.
The baler has been under development for the past two years. Agropack is geared up to produce the first production models this winter. The price tag will be "about 20% more than same-size big round balers already on the market."
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joseph Molitorisz, Agropack, P.O. Box 129, Medina, Wash. 98039 (ph 206 455-1823).
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