Tip of the month

BALE LENGTH VS TIE LENGTH

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

This month’s tip is a simple one but is sometimes confusing for newer baler operators. The tip has to do with the difference between BALE LENGTH and TIE LENGTH. There are times when these two terms get confused with each other and sometimes are thought to be the same thing when in actuality they are not.

BALE LENGTH – The length of the bale at any given time. This number will change with each stroke of the baler and represents the actual length of the bale at that time. For example if you just tied off a bale your BALE LENGTH will be equal to 0 inches. With each stroke of the baler the bale length will increase as the bale in the chamber gets longer.

TIE LENGTH – The length the bale needs to reach in order to go into a tie cycle. Once your BALE LENGTH is equal to or greater than your TIE LENGTH the baler will automatically go into a tie cycle. Your TIE LENGTH does not change and will stay the same throughout the process of baling unless you manually change it. For example if your TIE LENGTH is set at 60 inches, your baler will continuously cycle until your BALE LENGTH is equal to or greater than 60 inches. Once that happens the baler knows to go into a tie cycle and will tie the current bale. The BALE LENGTH will then return back to 0 and the process will re-start.

NOTE: Both of these numbers can be manually overridden. You can simply press the bale length on your touchscreen and enter 0 on the numeric keypad to reset it. Alternatively if you are finishing one grade of material and want to tie the bale, you can touch the bale length and enter the number that equals the tie length in order to put the machine into a tie cycle. You can also manually change the tie length.

Although your bale length can be set to any length, the bale length should be set to a number that is based on:

  • Efficient loading of bales into a trailer
  • Type of material being baled
  • Type of baling wire being used to tie the bale

Also it is recommended not to tie off a bale before the previous tie has advanced past the tier. A good rule of thumb is to not tie a bale before it reaches a minimum of 18”.

It is easy to confuse the BALE LENGTH and TIE LENGTH, but just remember your BALE LENGTH represents the real time length of your bale and it constantly changes. While your TIE LENGTH is a set number that does not change and represents the length of bale you want to achieve before the baler goes into a tie cycle.

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