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NH 370 Baler Question

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  • 20-10-2016 1:23am
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    Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭


    Long story short, I went to fire up the old NH 370 square baler today and decided that it was finally time to sharpen the knives.
    Fixed knife removed without a problem, but can anyone tell me the secret to getting the top bolt of the plunger knife loosened? All i can see fitting it is a ring spanner but because of years of neglect I can't get enough force on the thing. I'll try a tommy bar on the ring spanner tomorrow, but wanted to check in case I'm missing something obvious.
    I've checked the 370 Operator's Manual and the service manual, but neither makes reference to removing the plunger knife. Both publications do stress the benefits of keeping the knives properly sharped though.
    Thanks.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,204 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm


    Crawl up the chamber with a quality flat file. Wear good leather gloves.
    If you're a big lad, have somebody nearby, in case you get stuck!


  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭cmac


    Nekarsulm wrote: »
    Crawl up the chamber with a quality flat file. Wear good leather gloves.
    If you're a big lad, have somebody nearby, in case you get stuck!

    Someone nearby it is then :) I'll give it a go and see how we get on, thanks.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,313 ✭✭✭✭Sam Kade


    Nekarsulm wrote: »
    Crawl up the chamber with a quality flat file. Wear good leather gloves.
    If you're a big lad, have somebody nearby, in case you get stuck!
    A bottle of quix on stand by :)

    It's a long time since I changed knives on a NH 377 I never remember having to crawl up the chamber to get at them, then again I was contracting with it and used to change, sharpen the knives often so bolts wouldn't be stuck.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 875 ✭✭✭f140


    square baling used to be the easiest money to make as a contractor (as long as you didn't get caught to stack them after). any awl small tractor would drive them no matter how much of a crock it was. I used to make some amount of bales with a full tank of diesel on a mf 188 tractor.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,204 ✭✭✭✭Nekarsulm


    You were very flash with your 188!
    How about a New Holland 268 S-Hayliner and a Super Dexta? :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,313 ✭✭✭✭Sam Kade


    f140 wrote: »
    square baling used to be the easiest money to make as a contractor (as long as you didn't get caught to stack them after). any awl small tractor would drive them no matter how much of a crock it was. I used to make some amount of bales with a full tank of diesel on a mf 188 tractor.

    18p a bale back in the mid 80's, between hay and straw I made on average 22k bales a year. If I remember correctly I made 5k bales in one day, started at 9am and last man I baled for wasn't worried about dew finished at 11pm.


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