Baling hay/mulch with a wool press

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  1. mouseinthehouse

    mouseinthehouse Junior Member

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    At this time of year we slash a LOT of grass as we only have four horses and they can't keep up with the grazing. Mostly veldt grass which we have taken to using as mulch and litter in the duck and chook coops.

    To make life a little easier my partner had the idea to rescue an old hay rake from his parents. Originally designed to be pulled by horses, it had been modified to be pulled behind a tractor. After 40 years lying out in the weather the hay rake worked like a charm.
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    Then he bartered some stuff for a little old manual wool press from his brother. After slashing and raking it was time to try out the first attempt at baling. It went well although we think we need to do three presses and use a whole tandem trailer full of hay (we used about 3/4).

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    End result: one 'fluffy', a tad soft, bale of hay/mulch!
     

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  2. Rick Larson

    Rick Larson Junior Member

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    Success!
     
  3. briansworms

    briansworms Junior Member

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    Pretty good for a first go. Next time you will be that much smarter. Good luck with it.
     
  4. Terra

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    Well done you could put a lot in if you want too just keep shovelling it in and pressing , you could try putting wires around , join with a gripple and use the gripple tension tool this will keep it tight the denser you make them the less mice trouble you will have . The big 8ft x4ft x 4ft bales are incredibly dense and mice only dig in a little way .
     
  5. helenlee

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    How awesome! That's one of the great advantages of living in an old agricultural area - being able to score great stuff like this. I am seriously envious :)
    Thanks for posting the photos :)
     

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