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Big Baler Ties On The Go
One of the "hottest" new attractions at European farm shows is Welger's new-style big baler for hay, straw or silage.
Individual flat and rectangular bales are 16 in. high, 4 ft. wide and 5 to 8 ft. long. They come out of machine stacked three to a pile, making a stack which resembles a Hesston square bale. Each of the three bales is tied separately (lengthwise) with 5 twine ties. All three bales making up a stack are picked up together with a tractor front-end loader to load for transport or to stack. However, they can be handled individually when needed, such as to top off a load with a single tier of bales 18 in. high, or if the bales are unusually heavy, such as with grass silage. A 3-section Welger bale stack is tighter packed than a similar-shaped Hesston square bale, making it especially well suited for making big bale silage out of high moisture hay, the manufacturer points out.
Another key feature of the new-style baler is its ability to tie and dispense bales on the go, giving it greater capacity than conventional big balers which have to stop for each bale to tie and kick out.
If desired, the Welger baler can be set to kick bales out one at a time, or in piles of two rather than the conventional three. When making baled silage, for example, two-bale piles may be all the weight the tractor loader can handle.
Another key feature is the baler's price tag. In Europe, it reportedly sells for 15 to 20% less than Hesston's big square baler.
Approximate weight of individual bale sections (16 in. high, 4 ft. wide and 5 to 8 ft. long), depending on length and density, ranges from approximately 180 to 450 lbs. for straw bales, 270 to 670 lbs. for hay, and 1,120 to 2,250 lbs. for silage bales.
Contact: Welger Mfg., Gebruder-Welger Strasse, P.O. Box 1560, Wolfenbuttel, West Germany D-3340.

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #2