Tin Cans Collect Baler Twine Cuttings

David Arko of Fort Collins, Colo., wanted to do his small part to help protect the environment, so he came up with a simple idea for his straw and hay baler.


    “I kept noticing all these little plastic twine cuttings everywhere from when the baler knotters tied the bales. They were all over in my fields and farmyard, so I decided to do something about them,” he says.


   Initially, he considered a complicated vacuuming system but thought something simpler would be better.


   The tie mechanisms were secured with cotter pins on small posts, so he cut holes in the sides of two tin soup cans, removed the cotter pins, slid the cans onto the posts, and reinstalled the pins.


   “The cans ride on the frame behind the cutters and every time the baler makes a tie, the small cuttings fall into the cans by gravity,” Arko says.


   He tries to stop and empty the cans using needle nose pliers when they fill up about every 35 bales.


   “The cans are sharp, so pliers work well and save your fingers,” Arko says. “I have a model 1283 self-propelled New Holland baler, so I can easily see the knotters and cans from the cab to tell when they’re full, but the idea should work on any brand of baler.”


   Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Arko, Fort Collins, Colo.