Reader Holland SP166 Baler Stories

| 3/6/2018 8:29:00 AM


Remembering run-ins with Model 33 baler

Jerry Mattson’s article in the January 2018 issue of Farm Collector brought back memories of a former farm kid. My dad had a Model 66 baler, but it was a power take-off model.

I do not remember any of the quality problems that the article mentions. I think that the 66 was simply too small for what we were trying to do with it. I remember it took a lot of shear pins. I think if ours had an engine, then we could have slipped the clutch on the tractor by not shearing so many pins.

The 66 had a spring-loaded door on the right side of the bale chamber. I know that because once that door slammed shut on my am as I was pulling a slug out. Another time I had pulled a good amount out of the chamber, and for some reason the plunger came forward just as I had pulled my arm out of the chamber with a handful of hay. I always wondered if that happened to anyone else.

The article is right that they were designed to pull a trailer. And pull a trailer we did, which is tough on rough and uneven ground. Bales could flip off the bale chute and land in front of the trailer. Once when that happened, I jumped off the trailer to grab the bale. A classmate of mine had the same idea. But he went after it with a bale hook that ended up in my hand. The hand that writes this bears the scar.

Another time, when we were baling straw, I had a very bad headache that put me in the hospital for a couple of days. Funny what a kid will do to get out of stacking bales.

I really liked the articles and letters on the stone boats. Clyde Eide even wrote a letter to me, answering a letter I’d sent to him. Barry Borg, Valley City, North Dakota

3/14/2018 11:04:18 AM

my father bought a 66 baler in 1951; had a Wisconsin motor - I think we must have baled a million bales with it - got so we had it fight with the moter to get it started;that was the worst problem we had .

3/14/2018 11:03:10 AM

my father bought a 66 baler