1977 - Volume #1, Issue #3, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big Bales With Straight EdgesFarmers were standing in line to get a close look at the prototype of an exciting new big baler being developed by Hesston which makes rectangular-shaped one ton bales.
“Farmer interest has been terrific,” reported a Hesston spokesman at the 1977 California Farm Equipment Show where the new-style baler was on display. He emphasized that the baler is still in research and development and probably won’t be commercially available until late this year or early next. ”We’re showing this prototype to get an idea of farmer interest, and to let the public know that Hesston has some promising new hay handling ideas in the research hopper.”
The prototype machine on display makes one-ton rectangular bales measuring 46 in. wide, 50 in. high and 6 to 8 ft. long. Designed for easy handling and transport, they can be loaded two wide and two high on a truck or trailer. Individual bales are wrapped with six strings of twine. They can be handled with most conventional big bale handling equipment, plus they have the added advantage over big round bales of being easily stacked and loaded for long-distance transport.
Also on display was Hesston’s prototype of a companion machine for processing the one-ton, rectangular-shaped bales made by the new baler.
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