Before you get into the market to purchase a baler, there are a few factors that you need to consider before choosing the next one for your operation. Bearing these factors in mind will help you to make the right decision so that you go with something that will best suit your needs and preferences. Some of these factors are explained below.
The size of baler that you prefer
Balers come in quite different sizes depending on the size of the bale that you have. It’s up to you to be keen in choosing the size that you need, be it a large square, a round bale or a small square. The type of baler that you decide to go with will determine the horsepower that you’ll need to apply. For instance, a round or large square baler will need you to apply more tractor horsepower.
The time available for you
Sometimes, when it comes to running a baler behind your tractor, a lot of time may be required to do so. If your time is limited, be sure to talk to a dealer to find out how long it will take to run the baler. To save time, you might want to go for a baler that has an increased capacity to enable you to bale faster and easier as a producer. This is especially recommended if you require an operation for larger hay-baling.
Consider your preference
Baling comes with two options of the type of wrap that you want to close up your bales after packaging. You can either go for a net wrap or a twin wrap – it all depends on what suits you best. In the case where you want to keep your bale outside, you’ll need to consider using a net wrap since it cannot rot. You could still go with the plastic twine wrap as an option if you still prefer the outside storage.
The dealer’s reputation
No matter how good a baler is, you should still consider the reputation of the manufacturer that you plan to work with. The dealer should also have the parts that you need easily available to save you the cost and time of traveling far to get them.
The product being baled
What are you baling? It is important that you identify what you’re baling to establish the type of baler that you need to purchase. Bear in mind that different products for baling have ranging moisture and density levels.
For wet products such as silage, a round baler in a fixed chamber is better off to prevent slipping and sliding.
On the other hand, for dry products such as straw, a round baler in a variable chamber is preferred since the materials are held more securely by the belt. Hence there is no slipping and sliding.
The time to purchase a baler
Time of purchasing a baler is not a significant factor to consider, but if your equipment is new, it would be wiser to buy a new model instead of using an old model.