Baling technology allows you to collect hay, grass or straw, turn them into balers, and wrap them. When you cut grass, you get hay or straw - collect them with a loading wagon, a forage harvester with the right header or with a baler. This gives you bales which are convenient to load, transport, and store. Each bale, regardless of its content, has the capacity of 4,000l, and they come in two shapes - cylindrical or cubic.
You can get bales by using on of the three machines:
- New Holland Roll-Belt 150 - creates cylindrical bales. This machine isn't worth your attention...
- KUHN LSB 1290 D - the only machine that can create solid square bales. These bales are the only ones that can be collected with a loading wagon.
- KUHN FBP 3135 - this baler has two special features. The first feature - you don't have to put a bale on the ground after you make one - it can be stored at the back of the vehicle. This allows you to unload bales in pairs which speeds up the process of collecting them. The second feature - you can wrap grass or hay bales automatically to make them into silage (this process needs 24 hours).
If you haven't bought KUHN LSB 1290 D yet but you want to wrap bales to get silage, the only solution is to get KUHN SW 4014. This machine allows you to wrap both types of bales once they are placed on the ground.
To collect bales (cubic ones), you can use two machines:
- Arcusin ForStack 8.12 - after collecting three bales, unload them wherever you want (vertically). This will make the loading process much easier.
- Arcusin FSX 63.72 - can collect up to 16 bales and transport them to any spot. This machine can also unload them in a such way that makes loading bales on a semi-trailer much easier (the same goes for storing bales).
Other machines that collect bales:
- Fliegl Schmetterling - collects cylindrical bales. Attach the machine to your tractor and then deploy it. You can store up to two bales on each side. Once loaded, close the machine to squeeze bales and make them easier to transport. This machine requires some practice. It is especially useful when you are using KUHN FBP 3135 to unload bales in pairs right next to each other.
- Attachments for front loaders - front loaders (excluding wheel loaders) can use attachments that make collecting and loading bales much easier. There are two types of attachments for gripping - those with rollers collect bales from the ground (only cylindrical ones); handlers can pick up every type of bales. With a bit of practice, a roll-type bale fork can pick up two bales at the same time. You can also use them to pick up pallets.
You can transport bales on various wagons and trailers. The modified Strautmann SEK 802 is the cheapest alternative and is recommended for transporting smaller number of bales.
Fliegl DPW 210 is the best trailer for transporting larger number of bales. This trailer is a cage opened only from one side - you don't have to worry that bales will fall down from the other side during the loading process; this also means that they won't fall off during transportation process. It has a bolt attachment which means that it can be attached to almost every vehicle. This trailer is also great for transporting pallets.
There is one additional model that allows you to transport and load bales - Stepa FHL 13 AK. This trailer is in Forestry Equipment category. Purchase modifications for this trailer to get a modified gripping claw and under-carriage for placing cylindrical bales.
You can also use Goldhofer STZ-VP 3, a low bed trailer. Bales placed on won't fall off at a first turn but they aren't completely immune to that.