2011 - Volume #35, Issue #2, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Modified Twine Arm Wraps Bale Tight
"I spaced twine needles 2 in. apart, and they still cut clean every time," says DeShong. "I installed a hydraulic valve to run the twine arm's ram. The valve is full flow one way and half or restricted flow the other to slow return."
The additional needles mount on a 3/16-in. steel plate attached to the original twine arm. He used Schedule 40, black iron pipe with a 3/8-in. opening for the add-on needles. All five twines feed through the original twine arm entry hole and past the first twine guide on the channel iron arm. The four added twines exit at the second retainer about halfway up the length of the twine arm. From there they feed out and into their needles. The first twine continues up the twine arm to the primary needle.
"The primary twine needle travels the farthest, and when it returns the knife is forced down to cut the five twines, while the bale is still spinning," explains DeShong.
To feed all the needles, he mounted 11 balls of twine inside the baler cowling, leaving none exposed. The twine feeds through five twine pulleys on the front side of the baler and then to the twine arm.
"This is a lot faster than net wrapping and my only real cost was the hydraulic valve at about $100."
DeShong has also modified his round balers to expand 4-ft. pickups to 7 ft. using tandem Haysaver kits from Vermeer designed for their K Balers. They've proved to be real time savers on his Deere 330 and other balers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jerry DeShong, 9145 W. 590 Rd., Inola, Okla. 74036 (ph 918 724-8272).
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