How many horsepower does it take to run a round baler?
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In this way, how fast can you pull a round baler?
Pulled it on a pick-up at 50 mph, (it will squat a 1/2 ton the ground, but my 2500HD Duramax doesn't know it is back there).
One may also ask, how much does a round baler cost? For harvesting 4-foot-by-5-foot round bales, estimated new equipment costs are $25,000 for a rotary mower/conditioner, $5,500 for a 10-foot rake, $35,000 for the baler and $55,000 for an adequate-sized tractor.
Similarly, what is the best hay baler?
- John Deere 459 Round Baler.
- John Deere 469 Round Baler.
- John Deere 559 Round Baler.
- John Deere 569 Round Baler.
- John Deere 569 Silage Special Baler.
- John Deere 854 Silage Baler.
- John Deere 569 Premium Round Baler.
- John Deere 469 Premium Round Baler. The next options for Deere round balers are the premium 469 and 569.
How many bales is a lot for a round baler?
On average a baler ought to go 3-5 thousand bales and a tractor ought to go 8-9 thousand hours. It all depends on the above. I know of many balers that do that many or more per year. Seen many a NH's with 50,000 or more bales on them.
By Carole Knight
Bulloch County CEA
The process of baling hay has come a long way since the late 1800’s when Cyrus McCormick’s reaper design used a knotter to bundle and bind hay. The technology has improved but the goal has remained the same – safely store hay to feed to livestock at a later date. Today, balers come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. In the Southeast, the most common baler is the round baler and this will be the focus of this article. Choosing the right round baler begins with an evaluation of your operation; looking at annual production, productivity expectations, equipment available, type of crop, storage options and end usage. Careful comparisons of features and specifications between balers can help you make the best choice for your operation. There are several important factors to consider before purchasing a round baler.
If you already own a tractor, be sure to select a baler model that your tractor can handle. If you are buying a baler first, keep horsepower requirements in mind when pairing with a tractor. PTO horsepower requirements for round balers start at 30 hp and can run up to 120 hp.
There are a couple of different options when it comes to bale size in balers. Balers can be fixed chambered, variable chambered, or a combination thereof. Fixed chamber balers pick-up feeds the crop to a circular bale chamber formed by a series of frame-mounted rollers individually driven by a heavy duty chain. The variable chamber baler is driven by belts and is expandable, allowing for different bale sizes to be formed.
The type of forage that is being harvested (hay or baleage) should also be taken into consideration when choosing a baler. When working with baleage, make sure the selected baler is capable of handling such a damp and heavy crop. Silage balers often have heavier bearings and scrapers to clear gummy debris from moving parts.
Wrap selection is also an important component to successfully storing harvested feeds. Generally, there are four types of wrap used: sisal twine, plastic twine, net-wrap, and tube-wrap. In general, sisal twine can rot when stored outdoors and usually is a poor choice. Plastic twine has better rot resistance than sisal, but et-wrap and tube wrap offer better protection from the environment. John Deere now markets “B-wrap,” which is a type of net wrap designed to allow outside hay storage with lower losses. Yet, net and tube wrap do add additional costs and it is still unclear if the B-wrap will be cost-effective.
Balers can come with as many or as few of features as new automobiles. A bale monitor that goes inside the tractor cab can be very handy in managing bale options, such as bale size and number of wraps. A bale kicker can also be beneficial in that it can save time. Without this feature, when the bale is finished you have to back up and then pull forward again to release the bale and shut the end gate.
Probably one of the most important things to look at is the availability of customer service. Access to replacement parts and/or repair service can affect how quickly you can get back to baling hay when a breakdown occurs.
Selecting the proper round baler for your operation might seem like a challenge at first, but with good planning and careful considerations, choosing the perfect fit can become a reality.
Pape Machinery Presents Horsepower Requirements for Round Balers
If you already own a tractor and you’re adding a baler to your arsenal of attachments, the question you are probably asking yourself is, “How much horsepower does it take to run around baler?” The answer is that it depends on the model. Review the minimum horsepower requirements for John Deere round balers below before making a purchase.
John Deere Baler Horsepower Requirements
There are 16 different options in the John Deere Zero Series Baler line. Each model is listed below from lowest to highest horsepower requirements.
PTO HP (Minimum)
|450M / 450M Silage||55 hp|
|550M / 550M Silage||55 hp|
|460M / 460M Silage||65 hp|
|460 R||65 hp|
|560M / 560M Silage||75 hp|
|450M MegaWide™ HC||80 hp|
|460M MegaWide™ HC||125 hp|
|560M MegaWide™ HC||125 hp|
|460R MegaWide™ HC||125 hp|
|560R MegaWide™ HC||125 hp|
The low horsepower round balers, like the 450E, 450M, and 550M models can be paired with any of the John Deere 5-Series or 6-Series utility tractors. The MegaWide models that require a minimum of 125 PTO HP need to be paired with a more heavy-duty tractor like a 4WD or Row Crop tractor.
Source: Pape Machinery
Will 90 PTO hp be adequate for a 5x6 round baler? We've always baled with bigger tractors since way back in the Rounder5500 days...46 pto hp would barely handle that, but back then a 5x6 bale weighed 1000 lbs at best.
Plenty of pto power but full baler will push it around a bit easier. I prefer 120 to 140 but have used smaller.
We don't really get on any "terrain" down here, so not too worried about that.
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
You calling him the 25 acre man?
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
West Union, IOWA FLOLO Farm 52175
Ran a Deere 7400 (105?) for many yrs on a 5x6 on any terrain they threw at me....
90 should be fine...If you're getting pushed around-- widen her out to 90's and then if you need add some weight....
Edited by loran 8/18/2011 20:45
Edited by Trent2520 8/18/2011 21:15
I've never found the weight to be an issue to drag around with a MFWD tractor. It was with a 2WD.
north west arkansas
NW Barton County Missouri
SwMo on Ks line
65SuperSport - 8/18/2011 23:04
What a bunch of whimps, somewhere on here they want 100 hp to pull a rake. I used to rake with a Super A and pulled a 605C Vermeer with a D17 Allis, on some pretty good hills.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No such thing as too much hp! Ran the twin rake today with a 1086, didn't bog down, even in the turns. LOL
It was 104 today and I refused to drive the Farmall 400 or the H on the rake. In the fall I love to rake with the old tractors, I've even ran the square baler with the JD 530. Today I picked the 'correct' tractor by how good the A/C works and how smooth the seat is. Oh yeah, the 1086 has had an air seat put in place of the factory seat.
Edited by twraska 8/19/2011 00:30
Edson, Alberta, Canada
I have been dragging my JD 535 baler around my land with a JD 4040 (approx. 85 hp) for many years now. Up hill, down hill, soft land, heavy greenfeed. So far no complaints. I do have fluid in the tires and a FEL mounted on it.
East Central, Nebraska
Central Texas , York Rife Freemason
The tractor was heavy enough ,but h.p. was a factor .On flat land i can run 7 mph ,baling sudan .
I liked Urkle's saying---"Did I do that?".
But, you could always turn the smoke screw if it's not enough.
We'll probably try one out if we can get into it right....if it won't fly on the baler, it will mow and/or rake, or else get sold. I'm not gonna buy something for retail price so it's not like it will be impossible to sell....over in SWMO they go nuts for that size tractor.
West Union, IOWA FLOLO Farm 52175
Good point about the windrow size.....Makes a BIG difference.
I've been pondering and wondering why you don't put one of the CAT's on..... IIRC you have PTO on more then one and it'd be a great summer position for it? I've seen and heard of quite a few Belted machines running in a hay field with good success?
I don't think one of the big frames would be worth a darn. The 35 tends to find it's way on the bush hog, and there is resistance to the idea of baling with it.....just like there was resistance to bush hogging with it right up until people ran it and reallzed it was the best tractor anyone had ever thought of using on the bush hog.
That Case kinda looks like our 7700.
Edited by yallardeere 8/20/2011 17:23
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