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Friday, July 23, 2010

Now the unstuck baler won't tie and i need to be done with hay

So we unstuck the Hesston 4690 baler. It was not that hard with the 4wd. A little popping from the chain but those links needed to be stretched a bit anyway.
He baled perhaps 100 bales yesterday. First a bearing went out in the header. This was no problem as I carry extra bearings in my pickup. But, I did not have a cotter pin. For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe, the horse was lost, for want of rider, the battle was lost, for want of a battle, the kingdom was lost?!
So, I got caught up stacking-in that field... I have at least another truck load of crappy hay to stack at Gopher Valley, four stacker loads of bleached alfalfa, and we still have a day's baling at Muddy Valley.
Because...When we got the header going we only baled another round and the shear pin busted.
Something went wrong and I don't know what. I have never had trouble with this baler... The needles were halfway thought the cycle and the knife arm on the outside knotter was busted. I went home and found another knife arm off an old Freeman baler but when I installed it I discovered that the tucker finger drive is bent and the tucker fingers are hitting the needles. And a spring on the clutch for the knotter drive is missing. I think the spring broke and the knotters tripped at the wrong time which busted the main shear pin. I don't really know.
I do know I have just three small fields of hay left to bale. I could borrow the neighbor's baler. Or I could put it in 2-tie bales. Perhaps I will just go back to bed.
In an whole nother subject... Is nother a word? I think not... But I digress...
Is this a photo of the infamous Kincaid Lupine, the only habitat for the infamous Fenders Blue Butterfly, named after Freddy Fender who did a tear-jerking rendition of Blue Bijou-I think. Sounded like him anyway...

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