|Posted on October 11, 2018 at 3:10 PM|
So you decide it’s time for you to buy a round baler. Maybe you’ve had an older one, maybe you’ve been hiring it done, or maybe your switching from square bales to save on labor. For many the cost of a new round baler is not in the budget, so you decide to look for a good used round baler. It can be overwhelming, with many magazines and websites loaded with used round balers. Read on to learn about the used round baler market and how to navigate through the junk to find one that will suit your needs for many years.
Before anything make sure to set your budget, and stick to it. Write down what your budget is so you can be reminded of it when looking at balers. Its common for people to start wanting more and getting way out of budget. If you have a spouse or significant other, they can be a great way to remind you of your budget.
First thing you need to do is make a list of what you need in a round baler. What kind of chamber, fixed or variable, endless belts or laced, size of bales, e.t.c. You also need to determine how much horsepower your tractor is, and also the size/weight of it so you can look for a baler that you can safely pull. Also what other feartures you want, such as precutter knives, silage package, bale ramp, e.t.c. Then you can decide what brand or brands of baler you are interested in, and you can even narrow it down to specific models. Once you determine what you need in a baler, and what kind of baler you are looking for, it’s time to start your search.
There are many places to start searching for your next baler. First, check around your local dealer yards, not only is this good for looking at balers, but also a great way to see what dealers have the best parts and service departments. If you have a specific dealer that you deal with a lot, and they treat you well, than I advise starting there. Also talk to the salesman, (their not all bad), as many times just because they don’t have something on the lot that interests you, they usually have many connections around the country and can find you something that fits your needs. Tractorhouse and Fastline magazines are great to browse through and also have good websites that make it easy to look at balers that fit you. I suggest avoiding sites such as craigslist, not because there may not be some good balers on there, but most are generally on there for a good reason.
Once you find a baler you are interested in, its time to go look at it more in depth. If you have a friend that has worked on farm machinery, try to take them with you, even if you don’t an extra set of eyes is always a smart idea. Check the baler thouroghly and make sure you get to see it run. Check the belts, chains, and pto shaft for wear and signs of abuse. If possible, ask the dealer to let you try it out in the field. If the dealer lets you use it for a few days, this not only is good to check the baler out, but also is a good sign of a dealer that is going to stand by their product.
After you find a baler you want, thats in your budget, and passes your inspection, you can now purchase it. After purchasing a used piece of machinery, its always best to change any fluids that need changing and lubricate it up well. If you need help in your search for a new used round baler, contact us (https://www.theroundbaler.com/contact-us) we will be more than happy to help you! Also be sure to subcribe to our newsletter, to stay up to date on theindustry and learn how to get the most out of your baler.