Ibex Mini Round Balers are popular with pine straw operators too! The compact size and maneuverability of mini-round balers makes them a perfect choice for harvesting straw between the narrow tree rows of a pine plantation.
The features of Ibex Mini Round Balers that lend themselves to pine straw production are:
- Both TWINE and NET WRAP options available.
- Minimum HP for operation is 15 HP thus allowing the baler to be operated by compact tractors small enough to maneuver between tree rows.
- Capable of baling up to 100 bales per hour (120 for net wrap model).
- Adjustable bale density to meet customers' needs.
- In-line baling position allows the baler to fit between tree rows.
Mini round balers increase efficiency of production and, as a result, increase earnings. Every producer should go through the calculations to see if switching from manual baling to a mini round baler makes economic sense for them. The situations vary for each producer. Here are some guidelines:
- A mini round baler can average about 2 tons baled per hour, or 100-120 bales. This is the equivalent of about 270 square bales weighing 15 pounds each.
- One laborer with a 25-horsepower tractor and a mini round baler can produce 900 bales, or 16 tons, of baled pine straw in an 8-hour day. That’s the equivalent of about 2100 square bales.
- A mini round baler can bale as much as 25 humans baling by hand.
When choosing between twine and net wrap options, pine straw producers should consider the amount of handling and the final destination of their product. If bales are simply being produced for bulk delivery to construction or landscaping companies, the more affordable twine option may be acceptable. If bales will be marketed to retail stores where more handling and a neater appearance is required, net wrap will likely be the better option. Also important to consider is the fact that net wrap balers can produce more bales per hour than twine since fewer rotations of the bale in the bale chamber are required to wrap a bale with net.
Maybe most importantly, all parts for Ibex balers are in stock and ship from our Indiana warehouse. You can’t afford downtime, so we get your parts to you in a hurry!