First Timer - Baling Hay - Deck Mower in a Pinch?

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  1. alidbond

    alidbond Active Member

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    Hi everyone:

    I have 2.5 acres of pasture grass ready to cut and bale. I have hired people in the past, but its getting harder and harder to find someone reliable who will cut and bale it for me. So, this year I've been gathering equipment to do it myself.

    My question is about cutting. I have a deck mower. Will this work in a pinch until I can get something else? I understand the big problem might be the mower getting clogged. The grass is about 3 feet high at this point. I'm looking at sickle bar mowers in the classified, but haven't seen anything good come up yet.

    Any other tips would be great.

    Thanks!!

    Alison
     
  2. Yvonne's hubby

    Yvonne's hubby Murphy was an optimist ;) Staff Member

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    I've done it with a five foot rotary mower.... Like a bush hog without the stump jumper. To get a good clean cut I had to move in and cut about three ft at a time. The problem for me was that it left a strip where most of the hay was wadded into a small windrow and didn't cure out well at all. I did manage to borrow a Tedder and spread it out better but was still not happy with the result. A good sickle bar mower does soooooo much better.
     
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  3. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm This Space For Rent Supporter

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    You'll ruin most of it with any type of deck or rotary mower.
     
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  4. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    A rotary deck mower will chop the hay up along with cutting. Shorter pieces makes for bales that fall apart.

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  5. hunter63

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    Rotary mowers and even bush hogs make mulch, not hay.
    You will make a mess ....
     
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    find a walk behind sickle mower.
     
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  7. RiverPines

    RiverPines Well-Known Member

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    We had to use a hand scythe for several years. Now we have a walk behind sickle mower. Anything that fits it up in pieces won't work. Mulch doesn't turn into hay.
    A Scythe can be bought online for cheap. It's laborious but it cuts hay.
     
  8. ridgerunner1965

    ridgerunner1965 Well-Known Member

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    i once had a old dude tell me he cut his hay with a bush hog that he cut the sides out with a torch. he also sharpened his blades very sharp.

    being the side were cut out it just lopped of the hay and didnt continue to mulch it.
     
  9. hunter63

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    Just because someone is old,......doesn't mean he all that bright .....LOL
    I guess that would work?....I wouldn't do it....or recomend any one else did either.
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    For Wisconsin, hay prices were $4.45 lower on active trading at a quality-tested hay auction in Fennimore. Straw prices in the Midwest averaged $4.38 per small square bale (range of $1.75 to $5.0); $38.20 per large square bale (range of $20.63 to$60.00); and $33.81 per large round bale (range of $28.75 to $57.50)...<Quote
    https://www.google.com/#q=round+bale+hay+prices+wisconsin

    Why not use a scythe? The Amish do ....
    https://www.ebay.com/i/322531398170?chn=ps&dispItem=1
     
  10. sammyd

    sammyd Well-Known Member

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    Haven't seen any Amish using scythes around here. They all have mowers.
     
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  11. hunter63

    hunter63 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I know....the rich ones do....LOL....
    JUst throwing that out as an option.
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    AmericanStand Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean you haven't tried it ?

    The trick is to remove 6 inches or so of or the front top and right (throw)side then drive so it throws onto the already cut side.
     
  13. Bearfootfarm

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    That turns a reasonably safe bush hog into a recipe for disaster.
    The smart way to do it is buy a sickle bar or disk mower meant to cut hay.
     
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  14. hunter63

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    Nope I have not tried it...nor would I.....
    I would not ruin a machine....or take that chance with crap flying around.

    Just because someone has tried it doesn't mean it is safe to do.
    As my mother used to say...I Billy jumped off a bridge, would you do it...?.

    This is just stupid.....But Hey, stupid is as stupid does.
    In my opinion....