Strings Attached

Factor in less downtime and cost per foot, and AGCO’s quality net wrap and twine are bargains compared to “cheaper” substitutes.

By Tharran E. Gaines

Stronger twine reduces bale breakage, helping to maintain the freshness of his high-quality hay, while eliminating wasted time.

Stronger twine reduces bale breakage, helping to maintain the freshness of his high-quality hay, while eliminating wasted time.

Bobby Nuelle has only had one complaint about the 3- x 3-foot bales that he wrapped with AGCO Advanced™ Giant Spool baling twine. One of the employees at a dairy that buys hay from Nuelle insists he can’t “pop” the twine with the skid steer loader forks like he can the twine another supplier uses.

On the other hand, that’s not a bad problem to have, says Nuelle, who grows around 100 acres of alfalfa near Higginsville, Mo. The AGCO Giant Spools that he uses in his Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2150 big square baler offer him and his customers plenty of benefits. For instance, the stronger twine reduces bale breakage, helping to maintain the freshness of his high-quality hay, while eliminating wasted time. The larger spools also improve productivity by letting Nuelle bale longer between stops to refill the twine boxes.

“It’s a little bit higher priced,” he says. “But it’s hard to put a price on time or hay quality if you’re delayed. ”

AGCO Parts offers a full line of baler twine and net wrap for virtually any brand of small square baler, round baler or big square baler. Moreover, says Carl Gunnarson, AGCO Parts senior product specialist for hay and harvest parts, most twine is available in a choice of Professional grade and Advanced grade spools, the latter consisting of both stronger twine and improved knot performance for harsher conditions and environments. All spools offer proven UV stabilization to protect against light degradation and the same industry-leading factory testing, pallet by pallet.

However, only Hesston by Massey Ferguson and other AGCO customers who own new-generation big square balers can benefit from the new AGCO Advanced Giant Spools. “We developed the larger spools for reduced downtime in the field,” explains Gunnarson. “Customers who purchase our Giant Spools even have four length and strength options from which to choose, including the new AGCO Advanced XTS™ 4,000-foot/600-pound spool, designed specifically for our Extra Density (XD). As much as 800 feet longer than competitors’ twine in this class, it provides at least 11% more time in the field. Another feature unique to the all AGCO Advanced Giant Spools, is Ultra Grip technology, a polypropylene mixture applied to the twine that provides 80% more grip at the knot than typical twine.

“A knot that won’t slip is even more critical because of the greater bale density that the XD can provide, and Ultra Grip technology is the solution,” adds Gunnarson. “By choosing to use one of the AGCO Advanced Giant Spools, a customer can increase operating time between twine changes by 11% to 38%.”