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If you are new to producing hay or just thinking about changing things up, you might be stuck on deciding on a baling method that best suits your operation. Balers are available in multiple sizes but primarily are divided into two categories: round balers and square balers. Each type of baler has its pros and cons and can each be suitable for different operations. In this comprehensive guide, we will dive into what makes each method unique and how to determine which one is right for you.

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Square Balers

Square Balers create square bales that range from about 14x18 to 16x18 inches in size. These bales are optimal for transport and handling since they can be easily stacked on top of one another. Their high density is also great for storage. Square bales can also be quicker to produce due to their nonstop operation, however, they require more horsepower and more effort to maintain. One drawback of square bales is they are more prone to moisture absorption in cases of bad weather. This can ultimately take a toll on the quality of the hay. Also, if you are looking for a large square baler they can be quite more expensive.

Pros:
- Easy to transport 
- Compact stacks make them optimal for storage
- Takes less time to produce

Cons:
- More prone to moisture absorption in cases of bad weather
- Can be more expensive

Round Balers

Round balers produce cylinder bales ranging from 4x4 to 5x6 feet. These balers are more common in hay operations since they can be less expensive and easier to obtain. Round bales have a much higher volume than square bales, which means they will be less affected by wet hay if bad weather strikes. Although round bales might take a bit longer to produce due to their stop-and-start operation, the balers require fewer moving parts, which means less maintenance and less horsepower required. The primary disadvantage of using a round baler is round bales are more challenging to transport since they are less stable and difficult to stack. Also, their high volume takes up much more space which can limit the amount of storage space for the bales.

Pros:
- Less expensive and easier to maintain
- Higher volume makes bales more resilient in bad weather conditions
- Less maintenance is required

Cons:
- Can be challenging to transport
- Higher volume creates less room for storage

Which baler is right for you?

The pros and cons of each baler ultimately determine which one works best for your operation. Let’s look deeper into which one offers to see how it can be beneficial for you.

- For larger operations, a round baler could be a good choice due to the bale’s high volume    and efficiency.
- For hay operations that rely heavily on the transport of hay, such as selling hay, a square    baler could be best since the bales can be easily stacked.
- A round baler could be more suitable for climates with frequent weather variations.
- If you have limited storage space, a square baler could be your best choice. This could        be ideal for smaller operations.

Have you made your decision yet? If not, call us or visit us at your nearest Virginia Tractor and one of our experts can help you find the right choice for you.

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