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"Hay Hook" Unplugs Baler
After reading about a "hay anchor" designed to unplug round balers in a recent issue of FARM SHOW (Vol. 33, No. 6), Al Cartwright, Rock Glen, Sask., called to tell us about an "unplugger" he came up with years ago.

The hay hook is made from sucker rod bent into the shape of a giant fish hook. The hook is sharpened to a point at one end, with a 12-ft. long, 3/4-in. dia. poly rope attached to the other end.

Cartwright pushes the hook into the blockage of hay in the pickup, making sure the hook won't grab any part of the baler, and drops the rope on the ground under one of the tractor's rear tires. Then he puts the tractor in reverse and backs up so the tire is over the rope. As he backs up, the baler moves back but the hook can't move, pulling the slug out.

"The slug comes right out of the baler. I can pull the most stubborn clumps of hay out of my baler in less than 5 minutes," says Cartwright. "On a slick or wet ground it'll help if you make knots on the rope."

Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Al Cartwright, Rock Glen, Sask. S0H 3R0 Canada (ph 306 476-2681; aljmcartwright@sasktel.net).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #2