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Making a better pine straw bale

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Published on Feb 19, 2012

This video shows how to make a bale of pine straw using a one-man-baler, aka, a box baler. The two strings are pre-cut to around 90", all having a 'eye' tied on one end. The 'eye' is slipped over the rod at top of baler and routed inside the baler and back out through the long slots in the baler door. It helps to stand on the two strings, keeping them taut while loading the initial handful of straw. As you push the straw down into the box, the strings will then be correctly positioned at the bottom of the baler. Then you can continue to load the baler until the plunger has the desired pressure on it. Then slip off the strings as shown and make final press, leaving the plunger locked. Route the strings down and out the door slots. Thread the strings through the eyes and tie. Unlock the plunger and open door. Tie the two strings together by simply looping the extra length of string around each other and tie. This makes the bale a little tighter. Practice. The worker here is going slowly to fully illustrate the process. Usually he can make a bale in about 90 seconds. See more at www.BarnesWeldingShop.com

David Barnes

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