Thanks for that - any links to those at all
The problem for me with older machinery is that unless you have someone who knows how to keep it running and adjust it properly you can spend nearly as much money anyway.
The big balers have been all the go for quite some time now and most of the smaller stuff around is a good 25 years old, and has probably been out of use for the last 5 or so, and that just seems like buying a load of trouble to me, although it would be initially much cheaper.
Haymaking was always difficult as everyone wants it made at the same time but round here Hereford Worcester borders no-one has bothered to keep their small balers going, apart from the odd one-man band, who never have time at haymaking. Plus driving back and forth 3/4/5 or more times to complete the job becomes completely uneconomic
Last year and the year before my hay just went to waste.
Not to worry - I now have 2 geese and a gander so given time my grass problem will be under control (that was meant to be interpreted as a joke by the way :) )
Sorry no links,would`nt know how to if i had any.
Try looking on e-bay,or the farmers guardian or classic tractor,there`s 2nd equipment sold there,sometimes photosno smilies
Or contact your local vintage machinery enthusiasts society : see if anyone has compatible kit they would like to sell, or rent to you, or whether they would come and mow/row for you. Or if they know of any smaller hay-making gear coming up for sale, at auction or privately.
Very little alternative round where I am between big kit and contractors and taking your chances re weather (even for farmers making quite a lot of hay), and doing it yourself by hand.no smilies
||Where are you, and how much have you got needs doing? We have the kit for small baling. And given that 30 bales sold for around £400 the other day...no smilies|
I spoke too soon :lol: loads of good advice coming in now, thank you.
I'll probably leave back around 20 acres that I'm not using for grazing. I won't try baling myself, instead I'll get a contractor to do that, but I do want to buy a new mower and turner to go on the back of my small tractor, and I'm hoping not to spend more than £2500 for the both of them. Any suggestions on brands or links to web sites?
Off to do a few DS polls now :lol:no smilies
||ebay has tools for the hobby size/market gardener/small farmer size tractor i've noticed in the past and some are suppliers/businesses, who when you open the listing and look into it further ave trade and slaes counters, they may be able to source or point you to a suitable supplier in your areano smilies|
||If you talk to an ag supplier, they may have stuff they have taken in for part exchange. That is how we got ours.no smilies|
||I doubt for £2500 you will purchase new tackle,not that will last anyway.no smilies|
||Thanks to all who posted, I've got a few ebay leads going now :Dno smilies|
||Where are you, and how much have you got needs doing? We have the kit for small baling. And given that 30 bales sold for around £400 the other day...|