Here we are again. Another piece of new to us hay equipment. She may be a bit used, a bit old and a bit rusty but in our eyes she is one of the most beautiful balers we have ever seen. Ted has spent a large amount of time looking through Ebay, Uncle Henry's and Craigslist for hay equipment. The really new equipment is horrendous in price. I checked online for a new New Holland baler and we were looking at $24,000 minimum. No bells and whistles. Heck, we only have 20 acres of hay fields. This sweet lady actually works. After our John Deere tractor being in the shop for 2 summers straight maybe new isn't such a good idea.
(after looking at this picture, we have to take that Christmas wreath off of the barn somehow!)
There is a whole story that goes with this purchase. Like Ted was on his way to southern Maine and about 15 min away when the seller texted Ted and said that he had already sold it. Like, 2 hrs away from home, almost there. Evidently, the buyer only wanted the clutch and pto and would sell us the remaining baler and a motor that would run the baler instead of the pto. So off he went to the new owners house to pick up the baler.
The clutch goes here. It looks kind of lonely without the pto.
Ted just couldn't quit till it was completed.
So a little after 8pm last night the baler was all put together and ready to go.