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Self-Propelled Baler
"It's more maneuverable, visibility is great, and it frees up a tractor for other work," says Clarence Stonebring, Enterprise, Ore., who combined a Vermeer round baler and a Hesston swather to produce a slick new first-of-its-kind self-propelled big round baler.
"It turns around in its tracks so you don't have to drive in circles or make big turns to pick up lost hay, as with a pull-type baler."
The match-up of the Hesston 620 swather and the Vermeer 504 baler was a natural because the swather is equipped with both hydrostatic and mechanical drives needed for ground drive and operation of the baler.
Both the drive wheel on the swather and the baler-mounted wheel are hydrostatically driven. A driveshaft on the swather drive unit, which was originally used to power the swather header, runs to a right angle gearbox on the baler originally driven by a tractor pto to provide power for baling.

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1