Electric motor for driving a baler

Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
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Lorette Manitoba
My neighbour has a static mixer wagon. It’s not huge but holds enough to feed 300 sheep a tmr ration for a day. It’s driven bu a ten hp single phase motor. Geared down to the correct speed. It’s a factory conversion. If you have three phase I’d buy a 50 hp and get it geared to the right speed and try it.
 
Im surprised you can get a 10hp motor on single phase, I thought 5hp would be the max, it must have some type of star delta type starter

I have a 15hp Single Phase 480 volt motor rotting on an old centrifugal grain drying fan ( Split phase using a manual starter and a capacitor the size of a milk crate) Used to take around 65 seconds to get up to speed. It'd need rewinding and a new capacitor to work though....
Its a "Higgs" motor described by the electrician of the day as "Higgs is pigs !"
 
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Phil P

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Arable Farmer
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North West
I would think something little the setup I got for my dryer would do the job. Speaker to Josh at Recon Dryers and see if he can build it to your spec.
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Flatlander

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Arable Farmer
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Lorette Manitoba
Im surprised you can get a 10hp motor on single phase, I thought 5hp would be the max, it must have some type of star delta type starter
here in Canada ten hp is the largest that can be run on 240 volts single phase. I’ve a bunch of 7.5hp fan motors and have bought three tens for larger bins. I’m maxed for power with everything else around the farm so putting in a generator to run the grain bun fans and dryer.
 

e3120

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Northumberland
I bought this at a farm sale. 40kW. Described as a generator, but what's the difference? If I never get round to attaching it to a bruiser, or it turns out to be DOA, comfort will be taken in that the cable wrapped around it will fetch enough as scrap to cover the modest outlay.
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Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
I bought this at a farm sale. 40kW. Described as a generator, but what's the difference? If I never get round to attaching it to a bruiser, or it turns out to be DOA, comfort will be taken in that the cable wrapped around it will fetch enough as scrap to cover the modest outlay.View attachment 973601
In theory you can run a generator as a motor, but suspect it would take a pretty good sparky to change it. As a 40kw genny I would have thought there would be no difficulty selling it. In fact time we have converted everything to Electric, I suspect it will become highly valuable
 

e3120

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Northumberland
In theory you can run a generator as a motor, but suspect it would take a pretty good sparky to change it. As a 40kw genny I would have thought there would be no difficulty selling it. In fact time we have converted everything to Electric, I suspect it will become highly valuable
That was also at the back of my mind. Where's the harm in charging a leaf with a smokey old Ford?
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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