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Old 02-07-2010, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 4X4 Large Square Balers

I currently make roughly 5000-6000 straw bales a year with three JD 567's. I'm think of switching to a large 4X4 square baler. I have only a few options, a Hesston, Case or Challenger. Those are the only dealers close by. Let me know your preference and why.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hesston.

New or Used?
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It'll be a used machine. Why do you prefer a hesston?
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you are looking at a mid 90's unit, Case and Hesston are the same baler.

I prefer Hesstons because they are what all custom operators run. Had 3 BB960 New Hollands near us, complete garbage.

A Challenger is the same as a Hesston, so I guess that would come down to price.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The truckers that delivered me straw the other day said they pefer 3X4 bales. He said for what ever reason they fit a trailer better.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Pandhandle9400. How many bales can the hesston's do before any major work needs to be done? Obviously I need to get between 4000-5000 bales made a year and don't want to be doing any major work on a machine that is supposed to be in the field.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i run 4910 hesston's seems to be a decent baler, i see them around more than any other brand. been seeing a few low time units around . yeah all new ones are massey,challenger, agco same baler, lots of capacity will eat that hay . major dealership support service calls 24/7 and that helps , i am still running 2 jd 568's best thing is you dont have to stop every time you make a bale. Kris the truckers like the fact they can get more tonnage on with that extra 1 foot of hay on top,,, they all haul the same 4x4x8 and 3x4x8
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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rourkedj,, depends on how you take care of your baler and field conditions, 5 or 6k bales should cost you 1k to 1.5k maybe less . for around 6k you can do alot of repairs on worn parts. we try to do a preseason program and run them thru the shop to make or hope there is no big down time during the haying season.grease and adjustments are a must just like any other machines .far as major work done ? equipment can tear up even with new .
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: 4X4 Large Square Balers

Are these the big big square balers, or the smaller square balers? I'm assuming the bigger of the two, because I'm pretty sure CIH makes a 32"*36"*x' baler, I've never seen the larger ones around here, or if I did, I didn't notice them.

Also, I know a few guys with the large square balers, they say get one that's tandem. 2 more wheels to upkeep, but it pulls nicer, less bounce.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:14 AM   #10 (permalink)
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The 4x4's are actually slightly bigger than 4' where as 4x3's are 4' across so they will fit perfectly on a 8' wide trailer. Here when bales are transported true 4x4's are considered as over width.
A 4x3 will bale for longer in dry conditions.
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