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Author Topic: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?  (Read 1971 times)

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Re: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2023, 08:47:34 PM »
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Re: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2023, 09:03:51 AM »
If the large rectangular bales are constructed like the small ones you can pull the thing apart in waffers. If so I would try a wafer about 16" if you are using a 20" bar, pull it off and put a ratchet strap near the cut and give it a try. Won't take long to try and then adjust depending on how it goes. Pulling a wafer off also gives a better idea how deep the mold goes.

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Re: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2023, 01:07:36 AM »
Well all the fretting was for naught.  My regular chain, I switched the bar oil out for soybean oil that we use to lube the manure spreader chain.  This was a 3x4x8' bale that was packed pretty densely.  I was cutting across the grain.  We ratchet strapped the bale with two straps, then cut the 4 strings and moved them out of the way.  We held the bale up with the hay spear tynes on the skid steer.  I made sure that I wouldn't hit the tynes with my saw.  I had about 12 inches, but only needed to cut off 4-5 inches.  It cut like Butta!  It did not clog up my clutch like I feared.  Now I didn't try a rip cut, but if I do I'll post a video here too.
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Re: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2023, 06:34:26 AM »
Here's a fellow that had to cut 6" off of bales used in straw bale construction. They did 400 bales in 6 hrs.

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Re: Cutting the moldy bottom off hay bales - anyone else?
« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2023, 01:04:30 PM »
Your video reminded me of shearing sheep, watching the whole piece come off neatly.


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