What size of bale does this baler make?
This baler produces a 20” x 28” bale that can be as light as 30lbs and as heavy as 60lbs. You can select four density settings to fine tune the bale weight. The bale size does not change based on the density setting.
What kind of twine does this baler use?
This baler comes with one roll of our signature hemp fiber twine which fits the baler perfectly. The baler works equally well with our recommended brand of 9,000/130 poly twine. You can find both of these offerings in our online shop, under the “Supplies” category. You may be able to find an equivalent product at your local farm store, but not all twines are made equal. Thinner twine (20,000/110, etc.) or thicker twine (7,200/170, etc.) will not work well.
Isn’t this the same as baler X? How is it different?
Ibex TX31 balers are not the same as others you may have seen. They are specially built to Ibex specifications and offer several premium features, like:
- Easy-access doors with simple latches rather than loose, troublesome knobs that can easily be lost in the field
- Heavy duty stand with a large caster wheel that makes moving the baler around the barn effortless
- A bale counter that can be easily reset for each baling session
- A built-in shear bolt storage tray for convenient shear bolt storage and quick replacement in the field
- Replaceable bronze bushings in the tailgate hinge; without this component the frame will need to be specially repaired or the tailgate replaced after a certain amount of use
The TX31 also offers optional upgrade kits not available by others:
- Drawbar kit - makes hookup easy, and allows you to turn corners without lifting the baler off the ground
- Push button tailgate - dump your wrapped bale with the simple push of a button, rather than having to pull a rope
Will this bale my particular type of hay or other material?
The TX31 baler has no specific hard limitations on what you can bale with it, except that it is designed to bale hay and straw that is of an optimal length (2-4’ tall) and moisture content (no greater than 20% moisture). If your crop or material is very different from typical hay or straw, it may be difficult to bale. For example, if you are trying to bale leaves, it may be possible if the leaves are not too brittle or small. If you are trying to bale corn stalks, it may be possible if the individual pieces are not too long. The closer your material is to what the machine was designed for, the more likely you will achieve success!
How well do these bales stack?
Mini round bales stack very easily. You can stack vertically or horizontally like you would stack firewood. We have great pictures showing how some of our customers like to stack inside and outside of the barn in our blog.
Does the baler come assembled and ready to bale?
The baler ships with the wheels removed to facilitate shipping. You will need to install the wheels, prepare the twine mechanism for baling before use, and lubricate the machine. These steps are covered in the Quick Start Guide, which you will receive with the baler. Be sure to review it for some important startup tips. After that you should be ready to bale!
Are there any helpful videos or instructions?
YES! We offer quick tips and assembly guidance for the TX31 in the form of a Quick Start Guide as well as some helpful videos. We are also just a phone call away and always happy to help if you have any questions setting up your baler or when it’s time to go out to the field to use it, whether it’s the first time or 100th time!
Do I need the push button and/or drawbar kit?
It depends! Customers often choose the push button kit if they are using a cab tractor and/or prefer not pulling the rope to eject the bale. They’re also great for customers with more limited mobility or who benefit from an easier and smaller range of motion to eject bales.
The drawbar kits are best for those with smaller subcompact tractors that can’t physically lift the baler off the ground due to lower hydraulic lift capacities or limited weight in the tractor. It allows the baler and tractor to turn independently so that you can take tighter turns without lifting the baler from the ground, which avoids tearing up your field and/or ruining the tires. The drawbar can be installed and removed extremely quickly, so you can easily convert between drawbar and three point hitch hookup in a flash!
Does the baler require hydraulics in the tractor?
No, the TX31 has self-contained hydraulics! It uses a small hydraulic pump that is run by the rotation of the PTO. As long as the PTO is turning, you can operate the tailgate. No messy, pesky hoses or adapters to deal with!
Is this baler easy to maintain?
Preventative maintenance is crucial for any agricultural implement. These balers require minimal maintenance: chains must be regularly lubed, grease fittings must be greased, and the machine must be kept clean and out of the elements. Doing these things will give you prolonged longevity and smooth bailing each time and every year for years to come!
Can I flake feed my horses like I can with square bales?
Absolutely! If you are accustomed to flake feeding with square bales, it won’t take long to get used to feeding with mini round bales. They unroll like a paper towel roll, and you can simply unroll and tear off a flake just as you would peel one, two or three flakes from a square bale, depending on how hungry your animals are for that feeding.