1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Chain Oiler For Round Balers"I've come up with an easy and inexpensive way to keep chains from wearing out on my New Holland 848 round baler. I bolted an oil reservoir onto the endgate that automatically applies a steady stream of waste oil to chains on-the-go," says William Kirby, Woodstown, N.J.
Kirby enclosed the ends of a 10-in. dia. steel tube with large steel plates and then bolted the plates to the top of the endgate. He attached valves fitted with rubber hose to the bottom of each end of the reservoir. Hose ends are positioned just above the chain on each side. Oil flow is controlled by the shut-off valves.
"We put up about 2,000 bales a year, but after 14 years we've had to replace the chains only once," says Kirby, noting that he gets extra waste oil from a friend who is a mechanic.
"Some newer round balers are equipped with automatic chain oilers. However, when we bought a newer New Holland 853 baler we found that the oiler didn't do a good enough job so we replaced it with our home-built oiler. Ours works better because it continuously oils the chains. New Holland's oiler applied a shot of oil each time the endgate was raised. Before the next bare was half made, the chains were already dry again."
A filler pipe is welded onto the top of the steel tube reservoir.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Kirby, Rt. 4, Box 600, Woodstown, N.J. 08098 (ph 609 769-0792).
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