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CAEB Round Hay Baler
BCS 853 walk-behind tractor operating CAEB mini-round haybaler
implement (baler is equipped with optional Gathering Wheels)
Built well enough for everyday agricultural use, this mini-baler produces a 40 to 60 pound (depending on moisture of hay and how tight you roll it) bale measuring 21” x 23”, every 60 seconds. Bales are formed by a series of chain-driven aluminum rollers around the circumference of the bale chamber - - no belts or bands to dry-rot or need adjustment. The drive chains are much heavier-duty than you would think necessary, no more power than these little tractors have… but that’s a good representation of how the CAEB company over-builds this thing.
The number of bales you can make on one roll of net-wrap varies according to the “lap” setting you choose on the Baler: The most common is the “2.5 lap” setting, which will do about 325 – 350 bales per roll and results in a nice, durable bale… but, if you’re not handling the bales much and really want to conserve the netting, the “1.5 lap” setting will get you about 500 bales per roll. The 3.5 lap setting consumes more netting, and would only be used for wrapping very “crumbly” materials like grass clippings or leaves. (For those concerned with the amount of waste generated by the disposable net-wrap: The total weight / mass of material used for the net-wrap is the same or less per pound of hay baled compared to the polypropylene twine commonly used on square balers. [This calculation done at the “2.5 lap” setting for net-wrap…on the “1.5 lap” setting, the amount used will be considerably less in mass than poly twine])
An indicator on the side of the machine tells the operator when the bale is fully formed, at which point the operator pulls a single lever which trips the net-wrapping, wrap-cutting and chamber-opening cycle. The operator then sets the bale out of the chamber, closes the chamber, and resumes baling. As with the hayrake/tedder, the front wheels steer to guide the machine with a steering rod that comes out to the operator. This baler will bale hay, leaves, and even pine needles as long as the material is dry (green hay can be made into silage using the CAEB Bale Wrapper [it is OK for the material being baled to have INTERNAL moisture if you are going to make haylage/silage with the bale wrapper, but EXTERNAL moisture on the material being baled is a problem, as it will cause plugging and can lead to baler damage!]).
The baler comes with one roll of net-wrap, a built-in bale counter, automatic chain oiler, parking brake and male a quick-coupling built into the PTO hookup flange. Requires tractor be equipped with female quick-coupling. (NOTE: We randomly test new balers here at Earth Tools before we ship them, to make sure they are working properly…we put ONE BALE through them. So, if you see a bit of hay on your new baler, this is why!)
Options include: Gathering wheels (increase pickup width from 28” to 38”); and dual front tires (recommended for slopes over 35 degrees, or in boggy terrain).
Fits BCS or Grillo walk-behind tractors 10hp & up gas, 8hp & up diesel.
NOTE REGARDING SHIPPING: To save our customers money and to reduce the chances of damage in transit (fully assembled, they are so large, they would cost considerably more to ship), these units are shipped not-quite-fully assembled …the steering control bar needs to be installed (2 bolts) and the height-adjustment-lever support bar needs to be installed (2 bolts).
We have gotten several requests over the years to offer the balers CAEB makes to operate with larger equipment (4-wheel tractors, etc.)…so we now offer these options! See below for prices & features