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Martien 154228 48 Inline vs. Conventional either
Inline vs. Conventional
We are wondering which is better, a conventional or an
inline. We have a conventional (L - type) baler right now.
We have never tried the inline balers and are curious how
they work. Does anyone use them? How much capacity do they
have (bales/hour)? Some same the shorter the distance the
hay travels the better, this would likely apply to the
inline baler, right?


Re: Inline vs. Conventional
G`day Martien
Here`s a shot of our Massey 139, made by Hesston.
We`ve done 12000 bales with it so far and it seems ok.
the inlines are better than conventional balers in some ways
and worse in others. We travel up and down the road a bit
and the in line sits right in behind you which is good on
narrow roads but you have to hook your neck around a bit
more to see whats going in the pick up. If your windrows are
big humpers then you need a tall tractor to clear them or
you`ll be trying to bale lumps, thats when you get good at
changing shear bolts. Stuffer timing is important too if its
out a bit have a big box of shear bolts. On the plus side
they`re very gentle on lucerne [alfalfa] so you can get an
earlier start. As far as capacity goes I`ve heard of blokes
getting 700 an hour out of them but in lucerne we get 400
easy , it depends on how many strokes per bale you do. We
used to run New Holland but the Massey suits our job better.
Hope this helps
Regards Gregg
Re: Inline vs. Conventional
Thanks a lot for the clear answer. Why does Mf do a better
job than New Holland. Would you prefer an inline baler over
a regular one? We have a JD 4230, it will be able to clear
the windrows. How do you collect your bales. Right now we
use a stooker (see pic), would this fit behind an inline
baler, you think? What kind of operation do you guys have?

Thanks a lot

Re: Inline vs. Conventional
G`day again Martien
The New holland was a good baler, I just like the massey
better.The hay seems to flow into the chamber better and
doesn`t lose as much leaf although there`s not much in it.
If your windrows are up and down the bales seem to keep
there shape better not as many bananas. As far as how we
pick the bales up, we do it the hard way, 30 at a time on
the back of a ute by hand, but my back says that,s got to
change soon. i`ve never seen a stooker work before, do you
pick them up with a fork after they`ve been stooked? Any way
we do a bit of contracting and grow a bit of hay in the
south east of Victoria
Regards Gregg
Re: Inline vs. Conventional

So what country are you from, i'm not sure where victoria

Re: Inline vs. Conventional
Victoria lays in Australia, in the south
Re: Inline vs. Conventional
Yes sorry Martien,
I forgot to mention that Victoria is in the south east of
Australia and we are near Bairnsdale about 300 km east of
Melbourne. Most farms here are beef cattle or sheep but
there is also a vegedable industry and some cropping and a
few daries. West toward Melbourne is mainly dairy. I see
from some of your other posts that you have goats, the shot
of the baler is taken on a large goat farm where they grow
boer and angora goats for export to asia.
Cheers Gregg
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