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    Baler Choice for John Deere 5200?

    Is there a small square baler that can be run by John Deere 5200? Looking into baling my own straw and maybe a little hay. Didn't have this problem until this month when I had a falling out with family members that took over the family farm my dad and I were running because he passed away. Any advice will help. Thanks

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    Your tractor has about 40 PTO HP, so I think you'd be okay with most small square balers. If you're looking for new, the JD models 328 and 348 call for 35 HP.
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    Cool. Now as far as older balers, are they relatively easy to fix? My dad used to specialize in them as he was a Deere service tech. But I only helped work on combines and planters.

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    Define older. We're using two JD 14Ts from the 1950s, one wire tie and one string. Both function but last year the string baler broke every 10th bale or so and you have to stop and feed it back through with a pitchfork. I haven't had time to get into it yet to see exactly why that happens, and we don't use the wire tie one. Works fine as far as I know, but string bales sell better here.

    I've heard a lot of people say in the 50s, 60s and 70s New Holland was building a much nicer square baler than JD was. I haven't run one to have a personal opinion, but a lot of people will say Deere didn't have a really good square baler until the 336 came out.
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    So with the case of any small square baler I'd imagine when the plunger strokes it will always shake the tractor a little?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    So with the case of any small square baler I'd imagine when the plunger strokes it will always shake the tractor a little?
    Short answer... Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    I've heard a lot of people say in the 50s, 60s and 70s New Holland was building a much nicer square baler than JD was. I haven't run one to have a personal opinion, but a lot of people will say Deere didn't have a really good square baler until the 336 came out.
    I can vouch for this 100%. I grew up pulling bales off the chute of a 336 and it was a great machine. As long as it was kept under a roof and maintained, it rarely missed. When I got my own place I wanted one, but they were just out of my price range. I got an older (exact year unknown) NH Super 65 and I gotta admit that it was on-par or slightly better than the Deere. My M and all of its 20 horses didn't have any issues running it.

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    Short answer... Yes.
    Short answer... Get a bigger tractor! Our 730 diesel was steady as a rock when it ran the 336.
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    I haven't ran a baler with my 5200 but we have a 402-D industrial that does task like that and hauls a fertilizer wagon, spreader, and runs augers.
    Bigger tractor not possible for me. The 5200 is my first and only i own. And for a 19 year old with no credit history except for the loan on the 5200, really not possible.
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