There are various types of bale equipment available in the market. However, the type of bale equipment will depend on various factors. One of those is the tractor used in the process of cutting and stacking bale. To keep it simple, we will focus our attention on the three types of bale equipment, mounted on the 3-point hitch of a tractor.
In this type of bale equipment, the cutting blades are placed on small discs that revolve at great speeds. The equipment is attached on top of cutter slab. The disc is moved with the help of shafts or gears. The cutter bar allows for cutting of hay close to the ground and provides the flexibility to control the cutting height.
There are several advantages of using a disc mower. The number one advantage is that there is no clogging. Next, the disc can handle bushy and stiff hay easily. The speed of cutting is also high. There is also no limit on the tractor for speed limits while driving through the field.
There is ease of transition when using this type of method. It makes it easy to set up the equipment without much pain and it saves time. This type of equipment is suitable for smaller fields.
Sickle Bar Mowers
This type of mower was the first type of mechanical equipment in this field. Before automobiles came into the scene, horses pulled it. However, the design of the equipment has not changed in modern times. The action of the equipment is reciprocating, moving the triangular blades back and forth.
It is an effective type of cutting hay, as it also helps to reduce the vibrations in machine making it quieter to operate. It is more comfortable to use and last much longer when compared to other equipment types. DCM Italia 150 is a good example of such kind of a machine.
The biggest advantage is the little horsepower required to work with this type of equipment. Low horse powered tractors — even 15 horsepower, can easily work with this cutting machine. Therefore, those with older tractor models can choose sickle bar mower to produce best results.
Drum mowers are being massively used in Europe for the last 40 years or more. However, their use has spread across to other parts of the world only recently. This equipment differs in high degrees from the preceding examples of hay cutting machines. The significant difference is the way in which the blades are moved. Instead of moving from below with the help of shaft, the blades are powered by the gearbox placed above, near the driver’s seat. Drum mowers, instead of rotating, slides across the ground depending on the height of hay.
One big advantage of using this type of equipment is that there is no need for the hydraulic unit. When transporting drums, it hangs easily on the sides of the tractor manually. It is the most rugged of all types of hay mowers available in agri equipment market. This aspect makes it highly durable and flexible for varied climatic conditions and extreme use with the capacity to absorb severe wear and tear.