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A mini hay baler is a type of farm equipment designed to make the task of collecting and baling hay relatively quick and easy. Designed for use with single family and small commercial farms, these smaller balers can be easily towed by a pickup truck or small tractor. Models of this type are usually equipped with lashing capability using twine or plastic strapping and may even have features such as automatic ejection when the bale is complete.
The basic configuration of a hay baler includes an entry ramp that serves as an introduction point for the hay. Inside the body of the equipment are components that help compact and shape the hay into a workable bale. Mechanisms that help secure the bale with the use of string or plastic straps are also included. There are some models that even allow the use of wire straps to secure the bales. A final key aspect of the design is the exit ramp, which can be automated for convenience or require manual intervention to remove the finished bale from the machinery.
Some designs for the mini hay baler are structured to allow the device to remain stationary while workers use pitchforks to feed hay into the entry chute. A different design allows the device to be equipped with a collection arm and hose that separates and retrieves hay when the machine is towed by a tractor or other type of small vehicle. Choosing which type of mini hay baler to use generally depends on the amount of area involved in the collection, as well as the volume of hay that requires collection and baling. In terms of cost, a basic baler with fewer features can be had for a low price, with the cost increasing as additional automated features are added.
Although the mini hay baler is designed to collect and bale hay for storage or sale, the equipment can also be used for other applications. As part of a waste management process, the baler can also handle smaller plants such as corn stalks, effectively compacting and baling the stalks for easy disposal. Likewise, this type of agricultural baler also works well for collecting and baling any type of tall grass, a task that can simplify landscaping an area of land. The mini hay baler can even be used effectively to retrieve, compact and bale pine straw that can be stored for later use as mulch or sold for profit.