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Bale skis ? anybody ever use them?


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It made a baler out of the New Holland 316. Before the skis bales were 25-30lb sponges even with the bale tension cranked all the way down and two sets of wedges. Now the baler consistently cranks out 45lb bricks with adjustment to spare. After being haphazardly dumped in the mow all winter, they come out just as square and solid as they went in. Pre-ski bales are barely recognizable as bales.

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They are the real deal and they will make a baler perform better overall.  We put a kit on our JD 347 during the last few years we owned it.  By that time it was 20 years old and getting wore out.  The Skiis made a new baler out of it.  And then we traded it for JD 348 and the dealer neglected to order it with hydraulic tension.  But we took it away and put a Skii kit in it.  It actually makes bales just a dense as the previous baler with hydraulic tension.  We haven't even touch the tension cranks in years and can still get 80 lb alfalfa bales.  

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We run 2 BC5070 Hayliners without the ski's.  100 lb bales would be easy, usually run in the middle of the green on the tension dial and crank out 70 lb bales of hay and 45 - 50 lb bales of straw. No need for chamber extensions or any other mods. Actually baled some 90+ lb 3rd cutting a few years ago, someone accidents bumped the tension knob.?

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Some guys would leave the bales in the chamber between seasons. Those bale chambers would get so rusty you hardly needed to tighten down the bale tension. 

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