Rebaling hay from start to finish

Published 15th March 2023

Lance demonstrates how to install the EZ Remote Valve kit to your Hustler Chainless bale feeder, then use it to rebale hay.


So, you’ve got your Hustler Chainless Rebaler. Now, how do we set it up? And how do we operate it? The Hustler Chainless Rebalers have the perfect balance of producing nice fluffy hay at a consistent rate without destroying the quality of the hay.

Rather than using like knives or flails that typically destroy the hay, Hustler uses the 3-to-1 ratio of its rotors to gently fluff the hay, like what a pitchfork would do, but without the hard work.

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’ve purchased and mounted the EZ Remote valve kit to the side of the Snaplox system and positioned it in a comfortable spot that will give you a clearer view of the flow of the hay into your baler. You simply mount it with two bolts down here.

Plug the hydraulic hoses from your Rebaler into the valve. Be sure to put the large diameter hoses into the detent valve if yours has one, and the smaller diameter hoses into the spring valve. Then plug the hydraulic hoses from the valve into the detent valve bank on the same tractor that’s run in the baler. Make sure you pay attention to which is the supply and return hose. When you put the tractor hydraulics in detent, it sends a hydraulic oil up the supply hose.

If you have a needle valve on the supply line, you’ll most likely want to make sure this is all the way open. Secondly, make sure you’ve purchased and mounted the side chute onto the wiper panel to help direct the flow of hay appropriately into your baler. One thing that many rebaling operations will do is remove the wind guard or compression fingers from the baler to expose the baler teeth for an easy flow of hay into the baler.

Now, let’s get started. The first step is to remove the net wrap. Most people take it off before1 setting the bale into the rebaler. But if you have very dry or short stem hay, you may want to set the bale in first and then remove the net wrap. This ensures your round bale stays intact prior to feeding it into your baler.

The next step is where mistakes can easily happen. It’s critically important that you lift the platform to raise the bale onto the rotors before you turn the rotors on. If you do the opposite, you can very quickly eat a hole on the side of the bale and then it doesn’t feed as consistently. A simple feed guide on the side of your rebaler gives you a rough idea of how high to lift your platform for round bales and for square bales.

Now fire up the baler put the tractor hydraulics in detent to give full hydraulic flow to the Ez Remote valve kit and slowly start to turn your bale.

When starting with a full size bale, because it’s such a large diameter in relation to the rotor, you barely need to turn the rotor and in fact, you may even start and stop the rotors to regulate the flow of the hay. As you are feeding your baler. Always watch the volume of hay and listen to your baler. To be sure you don’t overfeed the baler and plug it or shear some pins.

As the baler reduces in diameter, you simply bump the platform up slightly higher, about four or five times per bale. Typically when you get down to the core, it will be much tighter and you’ll need to let the three to one ratio of the rotors tear that core apart. I find that if you can speed the rotors up and back the platform off just slightly, it’ll knock the core around and reduce its size to around six to eight inches which most balers can handle.

Once you’ve fed out the entire bale, you lower the platform back down to load your next bale. Now that is how simple it really is. And with experience, that whole process should take you about four or five minutes per bale depending on your baler. Now, give it a try.

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