New Haybine

New Haybine

After my trial run it was obvious that the sickle mower wasn't going to get me through the year. Originally, my plan was to get through this hay season and then purchase a disc mower. Disc mowers are pretty expensive, so buying one immediately wasn't an option. I decided to look at haybines again. Haybines use the same type of cutter bar as a sickle mower, but they also have a reel that picks up matted down hay prior to cutting and then crimps the cut hay and shoots it out the back. I thought this might help some of my clogging issues.

My neighbor has a haybine, so I asked him a few questions about that model since it's what I had been seeing online. He mentioned he was buying a disc mower and would be willing to let me use his. I asked if he would be willing to let me take it for a test run and then purchase if it worked well. He agreed, and I was off.

Since the haybine is a pull implement instead of a three point implement, it was much easier to hook up. The next thing to do was take it on a test run.

This mower cut great! I got three acres done in no time at all with no plugging in thicker hay than the test run. My neighbor and I agreed on a price, and I was all set for hay season with a new mower.