Got some close ups from the chap selling it, he’s going to get a video of it run up so will update the thread with that later. Looks a lot better in these pictures than it did in the other. it looks like the feeder forks are new so perhaps something went out of time and it knocked those peices a little? Anyway I don’t think they would need to be replaced, and it looks like there’s a decent bit of old grease on it too so probably been looked after.I would be more concerned how they managed to damage it rather than the cost of repairing it.
£10 a bolt? Count yourself lucky. Had to pay 60 quid for a pair of special bolts for the hydraulic quick disconnect on our loader straight from case. The bits the locking handle pivots on.Would have to look. There a special stepped shear bolt that as far as i know you can only get from john deer. The last ones we were going to get they were wanting nearly £10 per bolt so they got told to shove it.
Flywheel shear bolts tend to shear when the flywheel develops play. Some tractor pto can be harsh on start up which isn’t good either.
Looks expensive? Can’t see a price on the advert - if you have to ask you can’t afford it.
All of this. The flywheel bushing to rotate on the shaft gets loose, then works the shear bolt, wears the bolt bushing, leading to high shear bolt use. The knotters out of time or the plunger stop out of adjustment causes a sudden stop and another broken bolt, seems like a lot of shock to the whole system also, the stop will show the impact if it's been in that habit. The gears and cams of the knotter will wear grooves from contact, the roller bushing on the end of the one arm will wear flat spots from siezing and not turning, the twine will wear deep grooves in the needles and the twine arm. Grooved needles can be welded, but that's a sign of how much wear the whole machine has. There may not be bad balers, but there are lots of worn out balers around here. you can adjust one that's not set up properly, but if they get worn out the knotters are always going to try your patience. It's not so much the wear on one thing, it's judging the condition of the whole baler based on where the wear shows the worst.Check the flywheel is tight and the shear pin isn’t loose. You will soon see if the plunger ram stop has seen much use just behind the fly wheel. The knives on the plunger and the fixed knife can be shimmed if needed to get a clean cut, rather than bales coming out attached like sausages. The knotter bill hooks should be easy enough to see wear if the area is clean. Garden blower would be quick and easy to clean down. Other than that the usual pto, guards and general maintenance.
I stand by my original advice "Walk Away"Got some close ups from the chap selling it, he’s going to get a video of it run up so will update the thread with that later. Looks a lot better in these pictures than it did in the other. it looks like the feeder forks are new so perhaps something went out of time and it knocked those peices a little? Anyway I don’t think they would need to be replaced, and it looks like there’s a decent bit of old grease on it too so probably been looked after.
On the first of the new pictures there appears to be a patch welded in the floor of the chamber.What do you see thats bad? To me it all looks in decent order
Now you mention it I do see that patch. I’ll give it a good look over on Saturday in person and see how it looks, keep my options open. Grainboy I will PM you about the 342, but how does it stack up to a 456 in terms of speed and how nice of a bale it makes? Am I right in thinking that it’s an older baler and so will be a lower spec?On the first of the new pictures there appears to be a patch welded in the floor of the chamber.
In my almost fifty years of operating John Deere balers I have never seen one with a patch in the chamber.
The only time I have seen that level of damage to the packer arm was when someone tried to throw a burst bale over the baler and it landed in the packer arms. The baler was a beyond repair as they had twisted the chamber.
I would rather take the grainboys 342 for a days baling than any of the 456s .