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Buying new hay or silage equipment? Having maintenance issues? Want to learn equipment tips to increase efficiency? We can help with your equipment decisions.

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Five or six years ago, I added a 140-horse four-wheel-drive loader tractor to my hay processing and handling lineup.

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Well, let’s face it; if you’re repairing the twine disc or twine holder, then you probably have hay ready to bale … yesterday. The good news is: If you take a little time to learn how some of these parts work, then the next time you’re up the proverbial creek, at least you’ll have a paddle of knowledge.

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Merle Rabenberg left his home farm in southwest Minnesota in 1982, the same day he began dreaming of the day he would return.

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With spring just a few weeks away, preparing your machines for work is one of the most important steps you can take today to ensure your success. This is prime time to check your equipment and make any necessary repairs to avoid downtime during your busy season.

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We’ve come a long way from cutting and binding sheaves of hay. Yet very few folks can explain how a bale knotter works. And I won’t try. As a farm equipment mechanic, what I will try to do is tell you how to repair one.

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After a long season of making hay, preparing your hay and forage equipment for winter storage can seem to be a tedious and even needless chore. After all, what could possibly happen to a round baler or trailed mower as it hibernates in your machine shed?

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