Straw swath roller

DrDunc

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Location
Dunsyre
Or ballast drum and put loader into float?
Will the drum need ballasted, or won't the weight of the loader in float be enough?

Some of the straw will be up to 90 minutes road travel away. Ordinarily the loader world be removed for that kind of a journey, so the less weight the better for the wear.
 

Sid

Member
Location
South Molton
could just get a Valtra with no wires, oil pipes, bits hanging down?

I'd say a 200 plastic drum with shaft and bearing would be cheap and do the job?
 

bovrill

Member
Location
East Essex
It's a strange one. I think round baler and square baler opposite directions! I know I can get up a gear with round baler if I hit swath in right direction. Pretty sure it's opposite. I know this makes no sense at all.
Makes lots of sense!
Straw flows better under the tractor if you go against the direction of the combine, and a round baler will suck it up better too.
But a square baler takes it better if you go with the combine, especially if it's a narrow 80cm wide bale chamber. Plus lumpy bits where the combine's backed up are easier to push out this way.
Anyone new on a big square baler I always advise to go up the golden rows (the way the sunlight reflects off the swath makes it look a lighter, silvery colour if it's the wrong one), and don't go up any row with a wiggly tail trailing out across the headland.
As someone else said, Axial Flows don't count, they just obliterate the straw from any direction!
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
I put the belly cover for sprayer on fastrac when square baling. Helps straw flow and worried about straw wrapping round propshafts and causing fire.
 

DrDunc

Member
Location
Dunsyre
No real need, and pulling 15t offset on hills etc would be interesting.

The biggest balers now need 400hp+ so more likely to see a self propelled with a folding pickup out front.

Not much use in an eight acre paddock on the side of hill, but neither would the 34 foot header:whistle::D
 

Andrew

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK

Not much use in an eight acre paddock on the side of hill, but neither would the 34 foot header:whistle::D
The Deutz failed for a number of reasons. The main one being bale density.

It wouldn't be any worse on the side of a hill than a combine.
In small fields you normally get small combines, a 20ft folding pickup would make it a lot more efficient than a trailed baler if it could pick up 2 swaths. It would also save a raking pass when baling hay or silage.

It amazes me why the concept hasn't been revisited already. After all we have self propelled mowers when a reverse drive tractor and triples is the same. Small self propelled sprayers when mounted ones will do the same.
A self propelled baler has a lot of things going for it if done right.
 

DrDunc

Member
Location
Dunsyre
View attachment 564070

Here's mark II.

Hope for some sunshine to get out tried out.
I added angle iron ribs to the barrel

Worked really well in green hay and winter barley

crop roller hay.jpg

This was me standing over the row (and I'm not a short erse :rolleyes:)

hay to balls.jpg

Had a slight problem using it to push a burst quadrant straw bale out...

The shaft isn't a big enough diameter and it bent:(

Mark3 coming up(y)
 
I added angle iron ribs to the barrel

Worked really well in green hay and winter barley

View attachment 709876
This was me standing over the row (and I'm not a short erse :rolleyes:)

View attachment 709878
Had a slight problem using it to push a burst quadrant straw bale out...

The shaft isn't a big enough diameter and it bent:(

Mark3 coming up(y)
With mk3 have a bar above the roller so you crowd the frame back and roll it as normal then you can tip it forward and use the strong bar to push a lump out(y)
 

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