2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Modified Haybine Halves Cutting Time
I cut 270 acres in 9 hrs. on 100 gal. of diesel fuel with one operator, says the Athens, Wis., farmer. Additional savings will come in a few years, when he trades in the haybines for new ones, and their resale value will hold strong.
The resale value of bigger mowers is lousy, Albrecht says. The smaller 15-ft. haybines have a much better resale market to smaller farm operators.
Plus, one of his haybines will have practically new components.
I took the hitch and wheels off one and stored them in the shed, Albrecht says. He attached the head on the bracket he built for the front of his tractor, which has a 3-pt. hitch and pto shaft. The haybine is secured with three pins.
I bought a New Holland because it has a center gearbox that swivels. I spin it backward to make it work, Albrecht says. As it cuts hay in front of the tractor, a second haybine cuts off to the side to create a 30-ft. swath.
With a 300 hp tractor Albrecht says he can cut hay at 20 mph. Hes considering adding another haybine on the other side to make a 45-ft. cut next year.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Willie Albrecht, R 381 East Townline Rd., Athens, Wis. 54411 (ph 715 297-2323).
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