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Martien 155799 91 Some baler history either
Some baler history
This is one of the oldest pictures we have from our 'baler
history' After having some international balers in early
sixties my grandpa bought a new Kola baler in 1968. Kola
existed only a couple of year and was later merged with the
current Deutz-fahr. It was a very high capacity , good
quality baler, but was traded 5 five years later for a
welger AP61 because the Kola was a 16x18 baler which the
customers did not like because of the heavy bale.
Pictured in Holland, with my grandpa driving the ford super
mayor and a cousin from New Zealand on the fender.
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After the Kola baler was traded for a Welger AP-45, this
welger was traded again after a year for a Welger AP-61. The
AP-45 had the right bale size (14x18) but did have no
capacity at all. The AP-61 was the first of three AP-61's
prototype from Welger. The knotters were destroyed the very
first day, so a crew from Germany came in to replace the
knotters. The next day Grandpa made 4000 bales...... and had
never any problems with the baler again....
Here pictured with my dad behind the wheel of a brand new
Deutz D6806 back in 1980. This was one of the last years it
made big quantity bales, because selfloading wagens became
popular (haylage and silage in bunker silos)
The baler stayed at my uncle's farm untill last year, and
was traded with a...... international baler.......
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The baler pictured here in the barn is an Ford 532 baler,
which we bought here in Canada for Luzerne and straw baling.
The baler in maybe 20 years old, but very little used. We
repainted it two years ago. It is a 14x18 baler with
moderate capacity. Knotters similar to the Kola (see above)
Nice little baler,good enough for now, maybe we consider an
in-line baler in the future....
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I remember those Ford balers. Never saw too many as Ford
dealers here sold NH. I think they were made by Long in NC.
Long advertised they built balers for a major manufacturer
when they started selling a baler with their own name.
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I think you are right about Long. Somebody wrote on
"yesterday tractors" that Long made those balers also for
Gehl after ford started selling NH.....?:-\
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I didn't know about Long building for Gehl, Theo, but I
think Gehl bought the Canadian Massey Ferguson balers after
Massey Combines closed. Those were built for a short time.
The Euro MF's were bought by Greenland maybe.
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Like I said, I only read it somewhere on the internet so I
am not sure either. I do know that the knotters are from
Germany, because in one of the die-cast pieces it says made
in western germany. There is not much information on these
balers, eventhough I ordered the user manual this winter at
the ford manual service.
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If my memory serves me correct Gehl and Ford Round Balers
were the same in early years

Roy Chapin
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Roy, it sounds to me, that you might be an expert on balers.
Our son Martien already posted a question on in-line balers,
are you familiar with those? The ford baler works alright
for us, but we want more capacity, less banana bales in
thick or thin windrows. I realy like the design of the
inline balers because it is in the middle of the tractor,
but never saw one working or even spoke with someone who has
one. The conventional NH baler seems to be the most popular
baler here in ontario, so I was wondering why are there not
more in-line balers?
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I don't know that I can answer your question, as to why they
are not more inline balers, but here in S.W. Missouri
everyone has made the change to round balers as to get help
to haul the small squares is impossible, but everyone kept
his old square baler to make a few bales when needed, so
they seldom upgrade here due to the cost They are a few in
lines around and they work ok as far as I know, but the old
standby here is NH and JD squares with a few IH balers
sorry I can't be of more help.

Roy Chapin
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Looking at that Ford baler...it looks just like a Welger..in fact I think just the colour is different !!!!
I am looking for a manual or anything about the Welger AP 45
I have saved 3 form scrap and would like to get them going again...
please help..even fotos would be great !;-)
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