Do you have a baler now?I know every machine has their strong points and weak points but I would be interest in your input.
I will probably get slapped for this but I run a Vermeer 5400. I don't have the net wrap as I only put up 300-400 bales a year and I put them in my barns. Like others have said, net is a must if you are hauling or having them hauled. Mine is set for a 4x5' bale. I bought it as a two year old and it has treated me well so far. Last year it caught on fire due to buildup at the ends of the pick up rake. I suspect they have never been cleaned. I always blew it out but did not notice an area where the shields needed to come off to do it right. You can bet I will clean that area every year from now on. The opening is just big enough to collect fine debris but that builds up over time.
I ran New Holland balers prior to the Vermeer. I caught them on fire also. They were bearing failures. I now have a laser temp gauge to check all my bearings.
Couple things to think about. Most sealed bearings are using NLGI #2 grease. The grease fails at around 300 degree depending on the type. Some a little more, some a little less.What temperature is good for the bearings?
My other response was based on the bearing specs. I have real field data now. I put up over 85 tons of hay last week. We were running two balers. A Vermeer 604 and a 5400. The 5400 had a bearing failure but fortunately no fire. I had to fix that by running to Tractor Supply and finding some flanges close and then modifying them. Got it done and back in the field. I checked bearings temps on the 604 and 5400 after about ten and then after 25 bales. Most all bearings in the 604 were running 105 or 106 degrees Fahrenheit. The 5400 was running 95-99 degrees. These are far away from the actual bearing specs. I have no idea what the temp of the one that burned up was. I had quit for the day and a friend happened to see a wisp of smoke out of the top of the baler after I had pulled out of the field and stopped. When I checked it, it had ate the flanges, broken the inner and outer races, and all the balls were gone.What temperature is good for the bearings?