Home built mini hay bale press

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Project by Von posted 07-17-2014 01:58 AM 18867 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you think you’ve seen this kind of thing on the internet sooooomewhere before, you are right. I loosely based my build on different models I found on the far reaches of YouTube and other internet haunts. The 2 versions mine is most closely related to both used a set of internal rails that the plunger block sat between. I had initially thought to do the same thing, until I realized that if the plunger block was made a bit longer, it would self-guide and likely not need the internal rails to keep it in position. Actually, I didn’t want to go to all the work of getting the rails in the right place and getting matched rail slots cut in the block… Could have been done, I just got….lazy. It turned out that an 8 inch long plunger block actually self guides very nice. A slight bit of sanding on all sides to give it a fingernail’s width of slop against the inside walls and she slides back and forth like it’s on bearings. Nice!

The shoot walls are set up for 3 different sized bales: 8” 10” and 12” x 6” -just choose the appropriate holes to tie off the length you need.

This was pretty much my “winter” project as I started puttering with the design waaaay back in November 2013, first couple of parts were cut around January and most of the final parts were cut out by March of this year. Finnish and assembly has taken me since about mid April until today. Gotta go knock down and dry out some grass and hay now and put this booger to work!. Small pet and craft bales around here are in fairly high demand and we want to have a supply set up for the local farmer’s market.

It’s about 40 inches long and weighs barely 10 pounds. Made of white pine. With the handle down and the rope lock hooked, it’s very easy to carry around. I have half a mind to take it to the market and press bales while I’m there. I don’t know…. a good eye can easily pick out the goof ups and not-so-square holes and such. Maybe some paint….. naaaaah, it’s just extra character… right?

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#1 posted 07-17-2014 03:42 AM

The miniature hay bales would be used for??

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#2 posted 07-17-2014 03:59 AM

Hey, where’s the hay? Show us a bail….
Cool contraption.

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#3 posted 07-17-2014 11:23 AM

Yeah let’s see some action! I know a place where those bales would sell by the hundreds. Great for Halloween too.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#4 posted 07-17-2014 03:41 PM

AS an old farm boy; I LIKE IT! Very neat.

Now make one that can be “pulled” by a tractor that the wheels turning run the unit. Ground drive was the first farm implements anyway. Ask Cyrus McCormick.

With the tractor of course! They would sell fast at an antique tractor event!

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#5 posted 07-17-2014 06:03 PM

Now that is something i newer thought of making out of wood.. Where i grew up we had ordinary bales, big bales and round bales. Should think that making pet bales at a trade show or market would attract attension.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 07-17-2014 06:09 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. This has been on my list of things to make for a while. The demand around here from small grass eating pet owners for small manageable bales is pretty good. People have been asking me to do this for a long time. And then there’s the pull from the local farmers’ and craft markets in the area who have been asking for mini bales for home decor-whatnot.

I cut down a small swath of tall grass last night. Once it’s dry enough to bale I will have some action & product shots. I’m hoping to have some bales for this weekend’s farmer’s market that my wife attends.

As for the ground driven unit….don’t tempt me! As a kid we used horses to pull various implements around the farm. I already have the mechanics figured out for stuffer and ram, but I haven’t worked out the pickup/feed system. I just can’t remember how the old balers worked….or if they didn’t and that was why my uncle and his New Holland behind the old M did the final baling for us. For this build, I wanted something as simple as possible, and this should fit the bill.

Even still, I did purchase a couple pieces of tractor PTO driven baling equipment for making “real” bales and I have access to almost 20 acres of hay fields that need attention. (no, I’m not going to do it all with this little thing….uffda!)

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#7 posted 07-17-2014 06:32 PM

Cool design I don’t think the wifes horses would like mini bails tho maybe for a snack ha ha JK

Are you swedish uffda very cool talk to ya later

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#8 posted 07-17-2014 09:34 PM

Really nice. Great idea. Thank for share.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 02:37 AM

great idea

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 09-14-2014 09:23 AM

What good are mini bales good for ? Small critter rabits etc feeding large animals dureing traveeral or at shows

A way to save feed that comes off a area too small to get farm sized equipt into

Straw bales for Thanksgiveing or Halloween decorateing

a demo tool to expain to city folk how things work out in the real world

Can anybody else come up with uses for mini bales?

Post um here

-- under construction @Walter_Lars

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