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“Made It Myself” Bale Wrap Machine
“I made a low-cost bale wrapper using a hydraulic-powered 3-pt. mounted bale spinner. It works great,” says Delmar Cornett, Independence, Va., who says he doesn’t wrap enough bales to justify the cost of a commercial-built bale wrap machine.
    “I cut the original 3-in. dia. bale spear off the spinner and welded a smaller diameter spear in it’s place. Then I used pieces of 2-in. sq. tubing to build a frame under the spinner that extends out to the side of the tractor.
    “A 72-in. long piece of 2-in. tubing attaches to that framework, extending out parallel to the bale spear. I welded plate-steel brackets to each end of the tube, extending to the side at a 45° angle away from the tube. A 3/4-in. dia. steel pipe fits between the two brackets, with a washer at each end to keep the ends from slipping out of the backets. The washer on one end is removable for loading a roll of plastic bale wrap onto the pipe.
    “I cut two flat metal tabs a little longer than the radius of a full roll of plastic wrap and cut holes so they fit over the 3/4-in. pipe. A small piece of square tubing, just a little longer than a roll of bale wrap, welds across the top of the metal tabs.
    “To use, I load up a bale, tuck the loose end of plastic under the twine on one side of the bale, and turn on the hydraulics to spin the bale. I slowly move the handle with the roll of wrap from one end of the bale to the other. The ends remain open. I use a knife to cut the plastic.”
    Contact: Delmar R. Cornett, 1310 Elliott Place, Independence, Va. 24348.

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4