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Flywheel Powers Bale Thrower, Hydraulic Pump
Kevin Bahe got a good deal on a Deere/New Holland hybrid baler. A New Holland kicker had been grafted to the Deere baler with a drive unit fabricated to run off the flywheel. Equally unusual were the onboard hydraulic pump and reservoir used to adjust the thrower angle.
    “The owner had several older tractors without hydraulics,” said Bahe. “I think the modifications were made so he could use them to bale with a thrower.”
    Bahe says the flywheel drive unit is mounted to a frame made from heavy-duty, 2 by 4-in. steel tubing and angle iron. Two rubber-tired wheels mounted to the frame ride on the flywheel. A chain connects sprockets on the outside hub of each wheel. A second sprocket on the rear-most wheel runs back to power the belt drive on the thrower.
    The thrower itself is welded to the end of the bale chamber. The only change was removal of the chute and bale pans.
    A rubber-covered steel wheel mounted to the under frame of the baler and just ahead of the baler’s left wheel provides hydraulic power. It is positioned to ride against the flywheel. A small hydraulic motor mounted to the outside hub of the wheel provides hydraulic power to the thrower aiming mechanism. A length of angle iron mounted to the front of the baler carries hydraulic hoses and a control valve within easy reach of the operator. A hydraulics reservoir is mounted just above the baler’s right wheel.
    “The baler only cost $425,” says Bahe. “I bought it as much for its relic value as for baling. However, I do plan to use it some this summer. It works great. There is no shortage of power. It will toss a bale over the wagon.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kevin Bahe, 18990 Furnace Hill Road, Darlington Wis. 53530 (ph 608 669-7879; kevinbahe@yahoo.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4