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MartinM 451736 48 Haying in Alberta continued either
Haying in Alberta continued
After a long delay I finally got some time to work on my "series" about haying like I experienced it in Alberta. I just finished some work at university, so I now have some time to spare :-).

This is the New Holland pulling the bale wagon.
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After I showed you the swather in some other thread it is now time to move on to the rake. A wheel rake, very popular design in the area. Supposed to minimize leaf shatter in the alfalfa hay. This has hardly any alfalfa in it. It was very poor hay for the year. We turn 2 swaths of the discbine into one for the baler. After turning it will be left for another day or two. Then it will be baled.
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Another shot of the rake. It is also pulled by the NH.
As you can see, a somewhat fragile structure. No racing around with this baby.
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JD 7210 pulling the Hesston baler. Very nice unit. The baler is fully automated. You only have to follow the little arrows on the display. It beeps just before and upon reaching full size of the bale. Put the forward/backward lever into neutral without using the clutch, wait till it beeps again (net wrapped) and push a little button. After it drops the bale shift the lever back and away you go. Very userfriendly.
Sorry shot is only in straw. But the baler looks the same in hay ;-)
Bales were 5'x6', I think, not sure.
Also not the missing right hand door. Altough being almost the same as a Euro 6610 (?) this NA 7210 has some differences.
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A nice shot of the NH 8670 and the almost full bale wagon. All but one bale onboard. Don't be decieved by the smallish tyres, the tractor has plenty of power. At least more than needed for the rake. But what do you do when there's nothing else around.
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A closer look on the loading arm. First you put one bale on the far side as the blue structure in the middle of the picture swings up and transforms into a table on which the bale lands and slides the other side. Once a bale is placed there, a cable stops the blue thing from coming up. It stays where it is now. The other bale lands on this side. You then use the blue bar in front to push the bales to the back.
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Just unloaded another load of 14 bales. The end of the wagon can be tilted down. While pushing the bales of with the blue bar, you slowly roll forward. The bar gets pulled by a long chain which is driven by an hydraulic motor.
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Finally the happy customers :-D

Feel free to add any comment or question.

Martin
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where do you live ? some where north ? because I dont se any pivots
nice tractors does Fords, I have driven them to nice powershft.
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Must be nice to drive this auto baler.
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Excellent photos Martin :-)

Must have been a great experience for you, as I imagine it was alot different to what you were used to in Germany?

Regards,

TC ;-)
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Hey David, actually I live in Germany. I just spent a summer over in Canada, workong on a farm. This was back in 2005. The farm is located about an hour east of Edmonton. No pivots in that area. I heard about irrigation in the south but never got to see it.

Kerneels it is a real pleasure to drive. Only thing needed would be GPS steering ;-)

Tas, it sure was different. Where my parents live the average size of a field is in the range of 1ha / 2,5 ac. The farm in Canada averaged about 60ha per field. But before I went to Canada, I worked in eastern Germany where fields are bigger as well. So that kind of prepared me for it. Still there were lots of news things to see. Different machines, methods,.....
Also the fantastic wildlife you get to see there. I still feel very much attached to that place. I might consider moving over there someday.

Thanks for the kind comments.

Martin
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nice machine :-)
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