"You can bale when your pasture is at its nutritional peak—not when the farmer down the road gets around to it."
Do you operate a small farm? Do you own a little livestock and a few acres of hay pasture? Are you tired of waiting until the farmer down the road gets around to baling your hay—usually long after it has reached its nutritional peak? Then maybe it’s time for you to make the jump to haying independence. Fortunately, we at Tractor Tools Direct have developed a line of compact hay equipment that can help you do just that—and at a price that won’t break the bank!
Our company operates under the motto that “compact tractors do real work too”. We take pride in supporting the small farm operator who gets laughed out of the coffee shop for suggesting that his or her compact tractor can bale hay. That’s why we have partnered with manufacturers world wide to design machines that are ideally suited to small farm haying operations.
After much research and collaboration, we have done just that! We at Tractor Tools Direct are proud to offer our customers the Ibex TX Hobby Hay Package. This entire line of products—mower, rake and baler–has been specifically developed for the small farm operator on a small farm budget.
This package includes the Ibex TX45 Compact Drum Mower, the Ibex TX78 Mini Belt Rake, and the Ibex TX31 Mini Round Baler. All three implements are designed for the small farmer operating a compact tractor with a minimum 20 HP and wishing to bale up to 1,000 bales per year.
What are the Benefits of Baling Your Own Hay?
There are several reasons why a small-farm operator might want to consider baling his or her own hay. Of course, there is always the satisfaction of putting in a hard day’s work in the hayfield, but there are also other factors to consider. Some of these are:
- You can control the content of the bale. There is no question as to the nutritional value and cleanliness of the bale. You baled it, you know.
- You can bale when your pasture is at its nutritional peak—not when the farmer down the road gets around to it. Most contract balers bale too late opting for larger yields rather than quality yields. Simply put, your small acreage is of low priority to a contract baler.
- Owning your own compact hay equipment that is suited to the small size of your farm puts more of your acreage into production. Pastures and paddocks that are too small for standard hay equipment will no longer sit idle.
- You can control the size and density of your bales so that they work for you.
- You will not be at the mercy of supply and demand. You will be your own hay source.
- You can sell a little on the side. There is always a market for high quality hay!
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"Pastures and paddocks that are too small for standard hay equipment will no longer sit idle."
The Ibex TX45 Compact Drum Mower
The Ibex TX45 Compact Drum Mower is perfectly suited for the small-framed tractors which are so popular with today’s landowner. Designed specifically for the lighter weight, narrower width, and smaller 3-point hitch of subcompact and compact tractors, the Ibex TX45 will cut faster and with fewer problems than other mowers on the market.
The manufacturer of Ibex Drum Mowers, situated in the Italian province of Padova, has been fabricating drum mowers for over 20 years. They have a proven design that has demonstrated its durability through years of use. Every drum is factory tested to be dynamically balanced, reducing vibration and prolonging machine life. Because of this exceptional attention to detail, the Ibex TX45 Compact Drum Mower is a high-quality machine that will give you years of trouble-free performance.
The Ibex TX78 Mini Belt Rake
The Ibex TX78 Compact Belt Rake is a great choice for hobby farmers and those wanting to gather hay with very small tractors. It has an adjustable raking width from 5 to 6 ½ feet and requires very little horsepower to operate. With its light weight and compact design, this rake is a perfect fit for subcompacts like the Kubota BX series and John Deere 1 Series and pairs well with our Ibex TX31 Mini Round Baler. Furthermore, the Ibex TX78 saves space in the barn and money in your wallet by taking the place of two implements, easily converting to a tedder with the simple removal of the hay stop.
The manufacturer of Ibex belt rakes, situated in the Italian province of Padova, has been fabricating belt rakes for over 40 years. They have a proven design that has demonstrated its durability and efficiency through years of use.
As a quality machine and the most affordable in the industry, the Ibex TX31 finally makes haymaking independence possible for the hobby farmer. The Ibex Mini Round Baler is the simplest, easiest to use mechanical baler on the market today and is as close as you can get to a “plug and play” baler. With the ability to produce 90 bales per hour, it’s perfect for small operations of 5-20 acres.
The Ibex TX31 Mini Round Baler
The Ibex TX31 produces a baler that is 28 inches long and 20 inches in diameter, making it easy to handle by hand. An average bale will weigh about 40 pounds, but this weight can be adjusted with the baler’s density setting. Bales stack neatly and compactly in the barn in a honeycomb pattern, reducing the risk of the stack toppling over.
The Ibex TX31 connects to the tractor’s 3-point hitch which allows for easy maneuverability in tight fields and paddocks. Its light weight, compared to square balers and large round balers, also enables safer operation on sloping ground. Furthermore, its small size means it can be easily stored in the corner of the barn or shed.
The Ibex TX31’s hydraulics are completely self-contained, meaning no messy hydraulic connections to deal with. It uses standard, inexpensive baler twine, either plastic or natural fiber, and can be run with any tractor of 15 horsepower or more. This baler is manufactured in China under the watchful eye of Ibex Equipment and, at the right size and the right price, allows more customers to take control of their own hay production.
Visit our website here or give us a call at 1-260-BALE-HAY(260-225-3429). Our team is always happy to answer your questions to help you determine the equipment that would best meet your small farm’s needs! Make haying independence a reality today!