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#1 CADplans OFFLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 08:17 AM

We only have a couple acres of hay, and a horse and donkey. Buying decent hay around here is tough. All the guys that sell the stuff want to sell their rain damaged %#@&!!

 

Also, I am at the age that I need to spend some time on the BowFlex and walking machine, so I thought, Hmmmm,,,

 

Why not put up my own hay!!  :tapping_fingers:

 

Get some exercise, get some hay!! WOOT!! Win, Win!!  :dancingbanana:

 

What I am looking for is ideas to improve my hay operation. I figured if I show you guys what I do, surely you could find the flaws in my system. So go ahead, recommend away!! I am open to all ideas, just, please, keep the ideas under $300, the wife says I ain't allowed to spend more than what the hay cost!!

 

My first "BowFlex" gets the hay cut.

 

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We let the hay dry for a day or two. Sometimes if it is not hot enough, I will fluff it with my BowFlex hand rake. More exercise!!

 

This year, I added the "Graboid" hay rake!! WOOT!!, this puppy doubled our hay production!!

 

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After the rows are raked, the piles are combined into mounds.

 

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to be continued,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 08:22 AM

The mounds have to go to the shed, out come the big guns!!

 

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My best Burt Reynolds impersonation!!

 

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That is about it!! So what should I do to make my exercise program better!!??  :say_what:


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 08:39 AM

That hay rake was a pretty good idea, did you come up with that?


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 08:54 AM

Mounting up front is a great idea :thumbs:  I made one for the rear but it fills up quick  and doesn't pick up well then  but I think I can make a clamp on mount  to go on the front bucket of the PK and would make dumping easier too !   Thanks


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:18 AM

If its exercise you are wanting, you could hand load the piles onto a wagon and unload them by hand into the shed...

Nice operation, we always did square bales, but loose works too. Thanks for sharing!
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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:27 AM

You aren't getting enough exercise on at least two stages there.  Have you considered using your Gravely to push the hay up?  I've used the rotary brush to "rake" pine straw up at my father's house, does an Ok job, not sure if it would work on the hay.


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:31 AM

Well I am kind of in the same boat. I do not have animals, but harvest the Grass/Hay for garden mulch.

Your $300 dollar limit, cuts into my best idea?? That International has enough power to run about any small square Baler.

But one that would sell under $300 would be a Tinker's Nightmare??

My problem is that My Ford 1500 is 20 Hp and there are very few balers that will run on 20hp.

 

You could surely stack loose hay with your loader. And A Hay Rack that you could use the loader to load it loose might be found  under $300?

 

In a Prior Career I helped build these. They chopped the hay, blew it into the cage and then  pressed it into a tight loaf and then pushed it out the back.  I have thought a Frame and livestock panels could be used to make a manual stacker.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:53 AM

That hay rake was a pretty good idea, did you come up with that?

 

Actually, no!! My back sent me an ESP message (or did my back text me!!??) that it was not interested in expanded hay production.

 

That is actually the best I could come up with for $20.  :smilewink:

 

Just a few minutes ago, the wife noted there is still some hay in the field, and the berry patch would sure love to be nestled in with some hay!! :loosing_it:

 

Did I create a monster?? :biting_nails:



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Posted June 05, 2013 - 10:15 AM

Well done and it looks to work for you real well. :thumbs:


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 11:25 AM

You can buy a nice used small square baler around here for 500.00 and a tow behind hay rake for the tractor for 200-300. Hay is 7-11 dollars a small bale around here, so in a couple of years you could pay for. I really think you need some method of baling, loose hay wont last.


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 12:34 PM

You can buy a nice used small square baler around here for 500.00 and a tow behind hay rake for the tractor for 200-300. Hay is 7-11 dollars a small bale around here, so in a couple of years you could pay for. I really think you need some method of baling, loose hay wont last.

Yes I wondered about that too. I suspect Va like Iowa might be too Humid and too much could be lost to spoilage if stored outside.

Where we sold the Hay Stackers back in the 80's was on the Western Plains and Mountain States Where the Humidity is very low.

Here we could get more rain in a normal month than some of those states would get in close to a year.

 

Farmhand made a nice Wheel Rake and a  (Wheel)Windrow turner that mounted on the front of the tractor, They were nice and I would buy a wheel Rake if I could find it at the right price to pull with my Ford.

As much as I like my Landscape rake, I may not have learned how to use it to get the results I want?

It looks Like Cadplans is doing better with his.

 

I sure don't see many using the Small Square Balers around here much anymore. They are all using Big Round or Square Balers.  Horse Hay in small Squares is kind of a Niche Market in Iowa.

Though being 30 miles from a Horse Track has made me wonder about the possibility?

Race Horse owners are very particular and am not sure I know enough to produce the product they demand?


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 01:30 PM

That is about it!! So what should I do to make my exercise program better!!??  :say_what:

 I just couldn't resist :D :D :D

 

 


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Well, there ain't no hay baler in my future, maybe a wheeled hay rake.

Used equipment is too abused, it always breaks after 30 minutes!!

 

If I were to go hay baler, it would be a hydraulic home made one. I got the stuff here, ready to go!!

 

As far as the videos,,,,,  :bigrofl:  that is just too funny. EVEN eastern Europe does better than that!!

 

 

Hmmmmmmmmmmm,,,,,,,Hydraulic baler, I will have to cipher on that a while!!!!!    :tapping_fingers:



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Posted June 05, 2013 - 01:59 PM

 I just couldn't resist :D :D :D

 

 

So Your Saying.... Get A Woman to do it?? RIGHT!!!!


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 03:57 PM

The first vieo is kinda how they did it here at the turn of the century and kind of informative... but I'm sorry, that second video is like watching hay dry. :rolling:
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