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l spied a module builder way off in the distance on a couple of pics!!  lol   l don't know a whole a lot about balers, but l noticed on yours and this one, there is no guard or shield over the knotters. l understand they to be acessible to be adjusted and worked on, but wouldn't a guard of some kind kept trash out of the works?

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Guys back in the 60's IH came out with this heavy weight for what they called the Calif. commercial operator  my Dad bought one new in 63 and we baled with it till 1974when I bought my first 290

3/31/21  was hoping to have great needle news but another minor set back .  I was fat,  dumb , and sassy thinking I had two sets of three needles. One set was perfect never been hurt and the ot

11/25/20  Baler therapy Wednesday ! we had to move plunger all way back to adjust engine mount as it should be, there are 12 bolts on that base supporting the front bale chamber . were

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46 minutes ago, twostepn2001 said:

l spied a module builder way off in the distance on a couple of pics!!  lol   l don't know a whole a lot about balers, but l noticed on yours and this one, there is no guard or shield over the knotters. l understand they to be acessible to be adjusted and worked on, but wouldn't a guard of some kind kept trash out of the works?

Yes , you saw right ! This is a row crop farmer and cotton man . 
He had a complete Rust cotton picker preserved in barn cover. 
lot of cotton still grown in that area but Almonds and Pistachios are being planted by the section .

As for shield on knotters ; the 55W had them and we ran them  in open position because dust and chaff come from everytime plunger hits and with lid down it’s worse , just accumulates.

The #71’s never had a cover on knotters it would let dust and chaff from plunger escape . I would blow complete baler out at every shift while  servicing it 

Tony 

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Not sure his baler was ever in danger of being negotiated on, nice to look at a complete unit though, yours looked like better starting points, but you might have spied a thing or 2?

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8 hours ago, hardtail said:

Not sure his baler was ever in danger of being negotiated on, nice to look at a complete unit though, yours looked like better starting points, but you might have spied a thing or 2?

Your absolutely right just nice to see one all in tact even if it is all deter rated. Just confirms my thoughts of how things go . 

 

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Little Monday evening delight ! 
setting things up loosely and looking for devil inspired surprises . 
found two , one is a bolt hole in bottom frame that holds the rubber bumper for needles , the darn hole has  a broken bolt in it and I could shout that I saw that hole open all through process , the left one is but right needs drilling out and it’s going to be big fun because of location and I’ll be on my back . The other is I have all knotter frames all torked down along with feeder fork crank etc . Well,  the smaller feeder tin piece has a flange that’s going to require loosening everything to slip it in place . Lol

its getting exciting because I can see it coming together and am wanting to hurry up process but have to tell myself “ patients” or I’ll screw it up . Lol

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12/2/45 my 75 th B/D and also Baler Therapy Wednesday. Poor John has to work along a 75 year old although he is 76 and a half ! Lol 

John and I hit it hard today moved ahead but does not look like much because most of work was under baler .
we got old missed bolt drilled out and our rubber bumpers installed . 
worked on installing brake pads for needles , had to remove plow bolts that had new paint on them and they started spinning on top took forever removing  not wanting to use the torch . Lol

Got pads ready but short two 7/16x 3. 1/2  bolts so brakes are ready but not on . 
we installed the side chamber tension rails . We buffed few fittings for the hydraulic connections and Clear coated them . Need a little bling ! Lol lol

things are looking good think after next week we will start on sheet metal and install engine .

happened to take two pictures of my 55W baler today to show the former owner ,her baby’s retirement home .

if you don’t mind I’ll share 55W here .

Tony 

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Coming along now, HB looks like you enjoyed it, I know I have following this along, this is a monster compared to what we used, had a bit of time spent on the stooker following behind, made enough the summer of 78 to buy a new dirt bike, was probably in the best shape of my life that fall, started to turn into a young man...

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11 minutes ago, hardtail said:

Coming along now, HB looks like you enjoyed it, I know I have following this along, this is a monster compared to what we used, had a bit of time spent on the stooker following behind, made enough the summer of 78 to buy a new dirt bike, was probably in the best shape of my life that fall, started to turn into a young man...

Yes , We use to work hard as kids for our money and it only made us better .

to bad it’s still not the case today ,

thanks for your comments and following . 
tony 

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8 hours ago, Tonyinca said:

happened to take two pictures of my 55W baler today to show the former owner ,her baby’s retirement home .

if you don’t mind I’ll share 55W here .

We had a 55W on the dairy farm in Indiana.  Your photos give me the first looks  since the 1960s.  Thank you for posting them.

I loved the sound when it pulled hard. 

My dad had a custom baling operation that always seemed to have my older brother on the M and me on the wagon. 

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Been working on cleaning small brackets and spacers that were forgotten about .

been blasting and painting them myself. 
had to make a bolt and screws run today.

have hydraulic done and connected

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@Tonyinca

I wasn't following this from the beginning, but have been trying to keep up as you progressed.  I want to say how much I admire you doing such a high quality restoration on a baler.  To be honest, I like seeing fully restored tractors as much as anyone, but I have always been drawn to the implements myself.  I have like 20 Cub Cadets in the barn.  4 are good running machines, probably close to 10 are for parts and that leaves 6 to eventually get running. (I don't want to take time to count them all out for this post.) As many as that is, I think I have 40, maybe more, attachments or tools for them.  I've always been more interested in finding the stuff that was rare or used so heavily that it's getting hard to find good examples left to restore.  I wish more guys took time to rebuild balers, planters, pull type combines mowers, plows, ect, ect.  I'm really enjoying this restoration! 

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Good morning !  12/10/20 

no baler therapy Wednesday 12/9/20 to report today .

sometimes life just gets in the way !

i hope to do little things on her as late afternoons and evening permit .

however, to make up ,John and I are scheduling tues 15 th and thurs 17th next week ,looking forward to moving forward and make up for day lost .

thank you all ,for following and your encouraging comments .

Tony 

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Hi guys ! 
Baler therapy Tuesday today ! 12/15/20
Great day , have the bale press on and done , 

cinched up bale shoot up , worked under baler quite a bit installing needle brakes and everything that goes with that , installed plunger safety stop , installed fuel tank , and set engine up , but need to tweak oil drain to fit hole made for it in base .

very pleased , but found two brackets bent enough to skew things so having to pluck from donor and blast and paint .

We will be working on Thursday 17 th . 
Hope  to start on sheet metal . 
want to get all parts on then go back and adjust and correct what is not right .

Need the feeder fork install but found a bent bracket , the last picture is where all the sheet metal goes . 
need to align engine pulley with the others for belt 

I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY NIEGHBOR AND LIFE LONG FRIEND EDDIE , WHO ALWAYS COMES BY TO MAKE SURE JOHN AND I ARE WORKING  AND DOING IT RIGHT AND SETTLE THE WORLD PROBLEMS !HE IS RECUPERATING FROM SURGERY AND WE MISS HIM ! 

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58 minutes ago, nate said:

Wow Tony that thing is sweet.    I didn’t realize it is as big as it is until the pics of the baker at the tired iron lot.     Lots of metal there.   Any idea what it’s weighs??

Owners manual says 6000 lbs 

tony

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On 12/3/2020 at 5:45 AM, bob_carr said:

We had a 55W on the dairy farm in Indiana.  Your photos give me the first looks  since the 1960s.  Thank you for posting them.

I loved the sound when it pulled hard. 

My dad had a custom baling operation that always seemed to have my older brother on the M and me on the wagon. 

Good bale stackers are at a premium . And running backs hate to get hit by them ! Ask them ,haha 

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Can’t wait to here that baby run ! 

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47 minutes ago, exSW said:

I just noticed. Lights on a baler. Something you never see here.

Yes, Out here in the day most of our baling was done either early evening or wee hours of morning . 
we were always searching for the right amount of dew to keep alfalfa leaves from shattering but not enough to cause mold on hay .

all my balers had three lights , one directed at knotters , one to the back shinning one bales and one in front shinning on windrow and pickup reel .

tony 

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Tony ! You taking applications for certification for wire Baler operation 

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Day two of baler therapy this week 12/17/20 

had to pull Motor again because of oil drain plumbing did not match holes on base . 
trip to local hardware for different fittings , even at that we had to do a little improvising even though we were copying old fittings . Lol . 
we then started on our first piece of sheet metal , knew it would be arduous because it was remade and with thickness of paint needing to slide it into place , but we got it .

Started at 9 am by 3pm John and I were shot but met our goal . Sat for a break and get a surprise visit from our RECUPERATING  Nieghbor , friend , comedian , encourager , inspector , great supporter ,all around  IH man who restores Oliver’s , (figure that one ). And His right arm man and driver,  Bob . 
We past inspection, caught up on few jokes from the Hospital but did not settle world problems because it was time for him to rest !

here are few pic’s from today, does not look like much but it had these two old guys pretty tired by 3pm . 
my helper John has left but I am still in shop 5:30 pm going to piddle on small stuff till about 7pm . 
get few things lined up for odds and end run tomorrow.

BTW , first time I have seen Eddie in leisure attire ! Usually he has grease from equipment repairs or restorations or mud on boots from changing irrigating water , or dust from walking the furrows ! Lol 

Darn , I hope He does not get spoiled now ! Having driver and all !

tony 

 

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Amazing , isn’t it. A restoration will come down to every every nut and bolt . No wonder it takes years to do it right . Why does take so long . Trips to the hardware store ! ? that’s why I don’t keep a log book ️Supposed to be fun 

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