We are producing small bales of dry hay and straw, that are picked straight of the bale track and piled on truck pallets. A special trailer for this is attached to the baling machine. Here a few rounds of baling have already taken place and two piles of bales happens to be in the same picture.
This happens July 6 2014. I made that wagon 1996, when small bales were about to be a disappearing folk tradition down here.
Back of the trailer there is a truck pallet on five prongs. I am placing 6 bales on each layer and working here on the seventh layer so the stack is almost full. A full pack contains 42 bales.
The corner is cleaned too. A pile of pallets should be in front loader forks in order for me to take an empty pallet to the trailer.
The baler Welger AP42 presses tight and tidy square bales, that are piled easily and keep their form. Now we must fetch more pallets in order to continue packing.
When the stack is finished, I'm jumping off the wagon and the driver tips it up hydraulically. The ram is borrowed from the log splitter on his summer vacation.
The trailer is on it's prongs and the hay stack on pallet remains in the field, when the tipped trailer is driven forwards. And I take an empty pallet from a pile on front of the Valmet.
I'm lifting a pallet on the prongs and the trailer is tipped back to baling position. I'll jump along and the baling goes on.
The packets of bales can be transferred with a back fork, where the prongs are about 4 feet or 100-120 cm wide. Here a fork with support for bales to lean on. Sometimes a stack has to be moved away between baling, a curve of the windrow or starting the new field can be the reason.
The packing goes on and work gets done. No clouds in the sky.
The shadows get longer and the windrows shorter. The days work is almost finished and we must think about getting the bales under roof. The next page is about small bale logistics.