Fixing Pick Up Head On Big Square Baler

– Hello Today I wanted to show you what I’m working on (dramatic music) So today I’m working on or actually trying to finish up a little project that I started on And this is my big square baler, it’s a 2001 BB 940 New Holland And I’ve been doing quite a bit of baling this spring and summer, so I got a little bit of downtime and I decided to go through it and make sure everything is still in tip top shape So when we’re out in the field, we can actually not have downtime, so try to avoid that So the reason I got my, this is my pick up head, or the baler’s pick up head And I’m replacing some tines, pick up tines That’s what these look like There This what they look like when I take ’em off Usually missing one or both Sometimes they fall off, so I’ve got a bunch of those to replace right now The pieces on the ground, those are the bands So that’s what carries the hay or straw up into the baler So the reason I got the side here all tore apart, it was catching, and it wasn’t running as smooth as I’d like to see it I’ve looked through all the bearings, all the bearings look fine I took the chains off and the chains are shot So I’m working on replacing the chains, I’ve ran to town, got some new chains, and I’ll be putting those on here sometime this afternoon I guess when I get to it And we’ll get it all put back together and hopefully it’ll run nice and smooth Got it all greased up and everything pretty much checks out on it So this is the other side of the baler Got the door open so I can work on it Crack this hood open On the hydraulic lift, this is the big fly wheel This keeps the, this actually gives the momentum to the plunger, you got a brake here That was for my safety, so nothing moves when I’m working on it So this fly wheel turns at 1,000 RPMs That’s a lot of weight on that little fly wheel, solid iron And that gives the momentum to pack the hay into a bale You can see the packer arms, or the plunger arms rotating back there And we’ll go to the back on the baler This is the packing chamber This is where the bale is actually made The piece way to the back there, that’s the plunger And that pushes the hay into the bale All right, let’s go on top of the baler On top of the baler here Nothing too fancy These are the knotters This is what actually ties the bales together There’s four of ’em, so each bale has four strings on it So here we are in the shed, I’ve got some bales already stacked away here We stack each bale, or the bales in the shed five high We do that with the skid-steer We got the fork right here, that’s where I store the fork It’s got four long forks on it, tines And what I wanted to show you was the knots, we got one knot on this end, on each string And then on the other end, we have more knots So it’s quite a system how that ties that all together as fast as it does So now what I need to do is build a chain Last night we went and picked up a new chain This is a heavy duty 60 chain Number 60, and that’s the size of the chain

So over here I have my old chain, and the air hose One way you can tell if a chain is worn out or not is how much flex is in it this direction This one also doesn’t bend very well anymore Doesn’t go straight So it’s being replaced Okay so what I did is I took and laid the old chain and the new chain down, what I did is just count it out ten links per So now I know the length And what I’ll do is I’ll go and cut this off here, and then it should be pretty close to the same length as the old one Laying ’em side by side, you can definitely tell that the old one is really stretched pretty bad So when I get the excess cut off of this one, it’s going to be definitely shorter than the old one So we’ll see how that works Okay so I got the chain link marked that I want to cut, and what I like to use is my grinder Got a carbide tip on it Makes a quick job out if it, generally (drill whirring) (engine rumbling) – [Male Off Camera] GoPro stop recording – Okay, so that was pretty quick and easy So now we’re gonna take my chisel and hammer and pop the top off of it (hammer pounding) (hammer pounding) Just like that And then we got excess that we’ll put in our chain storage And that will be available for us next time So this is the length that I need, and we’ll be able to, we’ll put it on the baler when I’m ready for it Okay so we got the chain all ready to go, now it’s a way of trying to figure out how to put it on Always be a whole bunch of fun (metal clanking) With my cell phone and stuff nowadays, it’s super easy just to take a picture of how things are supposed to go back together So I use my phone to show me how to put that thing back together And See if that will fit There we go Awesome (clicking) And put the little clip back on it (clicking) Snapped on good Okay There we go So that’s on Well the chain is on Now the next thing we have to put the shield on, and then we can tighten up the chain tensioners

which will pull these tight And then we can run it and see how it works It should be nice and smooth, nice and quiet So now that we got the chains on, get my butt holder here, we’re going to put the shield on We’ll see if I can do this once or if it takes me several times Put this on here Stay (metal clanging) Always got to be careful where the fingers are at (metal clanging) Okay, so Parts handy here This goes on here (metal clanging) There (metal clanging) Looks like it’s lining up real nice And then I got to get the auger, so that lines up here Looks like it should be okay (metal clanging) This is a center punch, makes it a lot easier to line up holes, especially if you’re putting a couple different pieces together Or if they don’t line up (metal clanging) I just finished up tightening up the chain Chain’s both of those, I got the shield on good I’m ready to fire it up and see how it sounds (motor rumbling) (chains clicking) Looks like I have a band that needs to be looked at a little bit, yeah? But otherwise, it’s a lot smoother than it was when it started Plunger That’d be the chamber of the feeders PTO shaft runs off the tractor that runs the whole machine, the fly wheel’s spinning (metal whirring)

Let’s go on that side and take a look from the backside So you can see the four twines hanging there It’s ready for another slab of hay, and that’s how the hay comes up, and packs it all in and makes a bale (engine rumbling) This thing runs so nice and smooth (chains clicking) I love watching this thing Let’s crank it up a little bit (motor whirring) Now we’re running about 800 RPM We usually run 1,000 RPM when we’re baling Lots of momentum behind at the fly wheel, keep your fingers out of there Plunger (chains clicking) (chains clicking) Slow her down Make some adjustments on the pick up head and see if I can get it a little bit quieter So I’m happy to be wrapping this project up, this hinge up here was broken so I had to weld that, got that fixed Got it rehung The shield rehung (metal clanging) Last Bolt in, and it this project should be done It’s about that time of day too, so Number 10 Get the right wrench, always works better (clicking) And we’re all set It’s all done in there, nothing to do in there Actually I need to add a little bit of oil, hydraulic oil to that Won’t do that yet Everything else I believe is done So that’s pretty much my day, I’m ready to go home and play with the kids a little bit So again, thank you for watching, taking time out of your day to watch me do my crazy stuff out here on the farm I appreciate it, again remember to subscribe, like the video if you like it Love to hear your comments I’ll comment back So until next time, take it easy See you (dramatic music)