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Cliff sold our old string-tie John Deere 14-T baler a year or two ago because he's too old to be trying to lift and toss square bales (they're oblong, but they are properly called square). The old baler was more worn-out than most, but he knew it like a book, and dealt with it just fine. This spring he saw the opportunity to buy a wire-tie baler for a reasonable price and bought it, figuring to re-sell it and make a little money.
With the alfalfa-mix hay cured, thanks to temperatures in the 90's and a stiff wind, he decided to try it out and see how well it worked. "Maybe," he said, "I'll just do a few small bales for the times we want to hand-feed a calf or something."
I wish I could tell you he got everything working right, but the rusty old 1655 that was pulling the baler died. Cliff declared there wasn't time to mess with it and went and got the Mahindra and the big round baler.