Who are going to be your customers?...or are you going to be the prime consumer?I'm looking for a cheaper used round baler to get started cutting hay. Any advice on what to look for and what to stay away from would be appreciated. Just starting out with a new place and the budget is tight.
So you have cows?My neighbor is paying someone to bale one field now, about 30ac. I would like to bale for him this fall. Another neighbor cut about 15 acres for fertilizer cost this year. I give him another 15+ he never cut. It's pretty much mulch hay left standing from last year that I can sale to a road project close by. I hope to bale all to sale locally next year while I replace fence on all the pastures. Then I plan to sale/keep 50/50. "If" it goes as planned.
Agree with that Tall Grass :trink39:Used baler and a guy that never baled before. A definite learning experience for sure. Make sure you have a person that is very experienced with balers pick yours out. You don't want to buy someone else's headache..
Wouldn't it be better for the first year to let or get them to come and cut and bale your hay and pay you a lesser fee so you don't have to take the time to do it while repairing fences and such? Thats what everybody here does..Some guys like smaller round bales some like and only buy the big round bales.. some like square.. :fing20: its a mix around here.. Heck the field grass behind my house goes for 20 bucks a round bale.. and its just old crappy grass.. BUT thats him coming here and baling it and him hauling it away. NO work on this end on my part in any way. :fing32: Then with the little extra cash in pocket you can get something a tad newer and better shape.. Just a idea..:fing32:Not completely inexpirenced, first round baler though. It has been a while too. I have a neighbor that can help me look at it. He is older and very opinionated though. He really likes the NH chain balers.
If you are serious about getting into haying...you should stop in here...http://www.haytalk.com/content.php...Team Green that would be wonderful if I could get someone to do that. Right now here they are selling for $20 - $25 baled and I cannot get anyone to bale it and give them the hay. Everyone wants cash for baling. I advertised it last year with no takers.
Dave, they are still plentiful here and cheap. However, all I have seen make a loose bale that does not transport well. You are right, I've been told they are hard to repair. I intend to stay away from them. They are really the only problem balers I advised to stay away from however. Thats kind of what I'm asking, what others are best not to consider. I understand the best will wear out. but which ones are known to be problematic.
I've found a Ford 552 to check out his weekend, any known flaws.