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    JD 347 baler? Lump of coal or diamond?

    I'm looking at a JD347 square baler package with a Hoelsher 10-bale accumulator and grabber. I've been looking at all the major brand accumulator-grabber systems for a few years now and the price on this package is not far off the cost for JUST an accumulator at one of the "major" brands!

    So, having a second, backup baler thrown in on the deal is a real enticing situation! Unless, the baler ends up being a money pit! So, are there any particular issues with this model JD baler? Some inherent design flaw that JD addessed with later models?

    Appreciate the feedback.

    AKfish
    JD5115M, JD4720, JD110TLB, Ford 9N, JDX300R, JD458SS, JD347,336 sq. balers, JD MX-8, Kuhn hay equip, etc.

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    I answered your question on the other forum. IMHO a 347 is about the same a 348 as JD hasn't made many updates to their sq balers since the introduction of the 346.

    AKFish when hunting migratory birds such as ducks in AK does one need to have plug in shotgun to be legal? The reason I asked is I was watching a TV reality show the other day and the hunter shot 5 times at ducks without reloading.
    Thanks,Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Jim View Post
    I answered your question on the other forum. IMHO a 347 is about the same a 348 as JD hasn't made many updates to their sq balers since the introduction of the 346.

    AKFish when hunting migratory birds such as ducks in AK does one need to have plug in shotgun to be legal? The reason I asked is I was watching a TV reality show the other day and the hunter shot 5 times at ducks without reloading.
    Thanks,Jim
    Thanks for any info on the baler. It looks to be a pretty straight machine. Shedded, 1 new knotter assembly a year or so ago. No auto luber but hyd tension. Missing a couple pickup teeth. Bale chamber looks clean and no rust. New restrictor plates and needle brake assembly. Owner is a serious hay producer but going totally to big rounds. I think he put money into his equipment when required.

    Yup, the majority of waterfowl hunters are required to "plug" their shotguns and use steel shot. However, we have a subsistence use priority for all hunting and fishing in Alaska. Very liberal seasons and bag limits as well as methods for harvest.

    So, if you qualify as a subsistence user you don't have to plug your shotgun and you can generally harvest quite a few more ducks, geese and swans than other hunters.

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    There are a few differences in some of the parts, like the needle lilft shaft is smaller dia. and I believe that the tucker finger assembly is all metal to metal pivot and the 348 is a linkage with pivot ball design. The older style tucker fingers just need more adjustment. Also, the plungerhead pitman is a bushing on the 7 and a bearing on the 8. Nothing to worry about tho. All the knotter parts are the same.
    Good luck
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    Thanks for the additional info, snaggletooth. And welcome to GTT. If you know balers; you'll be a very appreciated contributor.

    AKfish
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    Bring it on. I'll do my best. I've been JD certified haymaster since '92. So maybe I can give you guys a little insight. My motto has been "Doesn't matter what color baler it is,if its crapping out a good square bale then it is a good baler"

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    [QUOTE=Snaggletooth;198013
    Also, the plungerhead pitman is a bushing on the 7 and a bearing on the 8. Nothing to worry about tho. All the knotter parts are the same.
    Good luck[/QUOTE]

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    The PH pitman on a 347 has a roller brg(parts key 13) not a bushing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tx Jim View Post
    Snaggletooth
    The PH pitman on a 347 has a roller brg(parts key 13) not a bushing.
    Thanks Tx Jim for the correction. Must have been the 6 series I'm thinking of. That bearing is much better as long as it gets grease on a regular baler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snaggletooth View Post
    Thanks Tx Jim for the correction. Must have been the 6 series I'm thinking of. That bearing is much better as long as it gets grease on a regular baler.
    You're welcome. I'm not really attempting to be forum police just trying to keep stated information correct.

    346 has a brg also. 336/327/337/338 has a bushing

    PS: I was employed by a JD dealer from '66-'87 and since have been using JD balers doing custom hay baling.
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    No problem, If I'd a done my research you wouldn't have to correct me.
    So why did you quit JD? I was a service manager for 8 years and am still employed at the dealership as CSR. Been in the bidness going on 28 years.

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