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Another Restored NH SP Baler
Last year members of the Old Steam and Gas Club, Adamsville, Ohio, displayed a completely restored New Holland 166 self-propelled baler at a show.
  It came from Muskingum County, Ohio, and underwent extensive restoration by members of the club.
  "This self-propelled baler wasn't made for sale in Ohio due to our hilly farmland. However, this particular baler came into town on a truckload of pull-type balers and the New Holland dealer at that time agreed to take the self-propelled baler, too," says club member Zane Hittle. "I found it sitting in the weeds. The owner said it wasn't for sale. A few months later, this man needed parts for a 9N Ford. I told him I would get the parts he needed and trade him for the baler, and he agreed."
  Extensive restoration was needed for the New Holland self-propelled model. Hay bales had been left in the bale chamber for about 10 years so the chamber was rusted out. Also, one of the baler's two engines was missing. Hittle and some friends found two engines at public auctions and overhauled them before installing them on the baler.
  Bill Knupp did the actual rebuilding work. The original manuals and parts books for the baler were obtained from a local implement dealer.
  A year ago, they were able to make bales at a local festival. The New Holland self-propelled baler worked alongside the club's restored 1908 Ohio Cultivator stationary baler, which originally came from Bellevue, Ohio, and was owned by the Cockshutt Company in Canada.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Zane Hittle, 8330 McGlade Road, Dresden, Ohio 43821 (ph 740 754-1273).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3