Farmers can adjust how tight the straw bales are on their baler. The main issue though is how tough the strings holding the bales together are; sometimes you pick up a bale held together with hemp twine and they explode.....so you may save some time looking for bales held with plastic twine or wire.
Location: New Zealand
posted 3 years ago
Mostly the hemp twine is fine as long as the bottom layer of bales in a stack are laid on their sides so the string is not in contact with the ground.
Why not make the lever assembly (parts A and B, in the illustration given above by Joe Braxton) out of steel tubing? One reason to use steel: these parts will receive a lot of stress over the lifetime use of the device. Part A could be made from round tubing, and part B could be made from rectangular-cross-section tubing. The round tubing would probably fit your hands better and be more comfortable, if the device is used hour after hour - a second reason for using metal tubing. The tubing pieces could be arranged to fit the dimensions needed and then be welded into permanent position along the length of the lever.
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My Signature for the last few years was "just spinning wheels," but after our PDC at Pauls Place this summer I feel like we are finally catching traction. Hope to be threading some more. got a roof on our house, swales dug, and finally starting to work on our plan in more details.
Tubing is an option, but it is more expensive, and pretty messy unless it is galvanized or powder coated. The right wood can last 10 - 20 years out of doors without any finish whatever. And if one is using the press in cold weather, the wood is naturally warm to the touch. Steel is also relatively heavy if stiff, while Miracle Fiber W has pretty much the best stiffness to weight and stiffness over cycles of use, of any material other than carbon fiber composite.
Nick Watkins wrote:If you're interested in the full pine forest management content without the broken images, one of the archived pages (such as the April 6th archive) at the link above has a PDF version of the page.
Holy Crap!! I guess a person could put all kinds of debris in that thing and build walls with it! That's awesome! I might not make the walls load bearing until I tested it for compression compared with machine bales... but even if it isn't of load bearing potential (and I'm not saying it isn't) this could be revolutionary for some folks as infill between posts in a post and beam structure.
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