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Self-Propelled Big Balers
Two exhibitors at the Sima show introduced conventional pull-type big balers which had been converted into self-propelled machines.
"We've sold about 10 converted balers throughout France," Jean Hamman, sales manager for Rivierre Casalis, of Orleans, Cedex, France, told FARM SHOW. Casalis, a major manufacturer of big balers in Europe, buys the conversion kit from a firm in Belgium. Power is provided by a 60 hp. Deutz diesel engine.
"Most of the initial interest in self-propelling big balers has come from farmers and custom operators who use the machines to bale up flax straw. You eliminate the need for a tractor, and with a self-propelled rig, the operator doesn't have to look backwards to keep an eye on the machine," Hamman points out.
Also unveiling a self-propelled big baler was Dehondt, a division of Sorepam, N-D De Gravenchon, France. The company which designed and builds the self-propelled conversion assembly for its Dehondt line of pull-type big balers, has sold about 50 of the conversion kits, all of them to owners who use the balers primarily for baling flax straw.


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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #3