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Photo's from a Bygone Era

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1 year 2 months ago #244746 by neil
Replied by neil on topic Photo's from a Bygone Era
I like the baler picture. I wonder if the farmer used the D2 to run it because it's the only tractor he has, or due to his wheel tractor not being able to pull the baler and trailer up the slopes in the paddock. My experience is that traction isn't usually a problem when baling hay even in quite steep conditions but then I've never pulled a trailer behind a baler

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Pittsford, NY
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1 year 2 months ago #244748 by Ray54
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I have pulled a baler in places I should not have gone with the wheel tractor I had. I can say a very wise decision to use the Cat. And yes I have baled with a D2 in front of a baler with it's own engine. It was steeper than most of the picture looks and the D2 did very well.


On the flip side have you ever driven a wheel tractor down a hill and had it lose traction and start sliding going faster than the wheels are turning? I was spraying weeds with a 100 gal of solution at most. A hay baler makes everything worse as ever stroke of the plunger give the tractor a push. Again been, there done that, farmer has made a very good decision.
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1 year 2 months ago #244755 by neil
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Yes sir that has happened to me during silage chopping pulling a trailer which I'm sure weighed more than the tractor when loaded when the grass is typically damper. Just have to ride it out (multiple times because the boss said keep going. Wasn't too much of a danger as the paddock was smooth and had a decent run-out to flat at the bottom but I'm sure OSH would have something to say about it....). Ah, good times...

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Neil

Pittsford, NY
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1 year 2 months ago #244756 by D4Jim
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Wish I would have had the green baler in the picture rather than my NH with the &$#@&%$ Wisconsin engine on it back in the day. Pretty big load of bales on the old hay rack behind the D2 that shows the D2 was the way to go. We picked up the square bales with a Farmhand to save save handling and took them directly to the stack. Luckily our fields are flat with few hills. .

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D47U 1950 #10164
Cat 112 1949 #3U1457
Cat 40 Scraper #1W-5494
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1 year 2 months ago #244761 by Deas Plant.
Hi, D4Jim.
Translation, please: "&$#@&%$"????????????????????????

Just my 0.02.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.
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1 year 2 months ago #244763 by D4Jim
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Sharp eyes Deas!! What I meant was *$%#@&%#& Wisconsin engine!

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1 year 2 months ago #244764 by 17AFarmer
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Nothing wrong with a V4 Wisconsin on a 3 wire baler have spent Mannnnnnny hours,I mean years on one, my Dad talked about pulling a heavy 3 wire hand tie baler in the hills with a Diesel 40, I have seen a 9U D6 on a 3 wire Freeman in the Livermore hills just like pulling a Combine with a Cat piece of mind! 17afarmer
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1 year 2 months ago #244766 by neil
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All my square bale handling was by a side-loading elevator pinned to the side of the truck and then one, two, or three of us on the back, stacking them. Standard load was 250 bales, 8 high. One year the elevator broke down and for some reason, the boss didn't fix it, so that season we had one or two runners on the ground throwing them up - good times for a young fellow!. Should have been off at the beach chasing girls like all my buddies were....

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Neil

Pittsford, NY
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1 year 2 months ago #244767 by 17AFarmer
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I used to try to average about 115 pound bales with a 3 wire baler was a good solid bale, you had to be a stronger guy than me to throw them up on a truck. thank god they invented Harobeds, I have seen them do pretty good on some pretty good hills. But they did not like sand. In the mid to late 60s you could get wire for 6 to 8,to 8.50 a roll when it got to $50.00 a roll I Quit! 17afarmer
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1 year 2 months ago #244772 by trainzkid88
the krone high density square baler the uncle used to run for a local contractor bailing cane trash would make bails weighing in at a metric tonne each they had special bailing twine for that job. it was about twice the dia of the stuff most people use for hay. they had to adjust the knot tying mechanism for the new twine. these where all shifted with a bail fork either on the tractors loader frame or with a telehandler.

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