2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Baler's Mechanical Drive Works Faster Than Hydraulics
“A customer asked me to design a baler that didn’t use any hydraulics,” recalls Yoder, Flack Hill Machine. “I designed a rack and pinion to run the plunger back and forth. The results were surprising. Faster plunger travel means increased bales per hour.”
Yoder found one man with his design could make 25 bales per hour and two men could produce 40 bales per hour. The baler features a top-mounted feed hopper. It has a heavy-duty, 10-in. channel iron frame, steel wheels and a tongue jack.
The rack-and-pinion design is belt and #80 roller chain driven. A jackshaft runs continuously. Forward and reverse belt tensioners are linked to the control lever to give the operator full control of the plunger with one hand.
“The door at the end of the chute is opened, and a plastic bag slips over the chute,” explains Yoder. “Once the door is closed, the plunger is operated until the chute is full. The door is then opened, and the plunger pushes the bale in its bag out of the chute.”
Yoder makes the balers to order. They are available in 10 by 14-in. or 12 by 16-in. bale sizes. Prices range from $8,900 to $10,500, depending on the size of the baler and engine.
“Bales of wood shavings retail for $6 to $7 each,” explains Yoder. “They are mostly used for bedding.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Flack Hill Machine Ltd., 7799 Flack Rd., Howard, Ohio 43028.
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