How to deal with net wrap on a bale processor

Net Wrap:  A great invention to keep bales together, but how do I get rid of it???

The answer for most processors is the same.  It needs to be handled either before or after processing.

Net Wrap Removal Before Processing

On TOP-SPREAD, this task is very easy.  If you are looking to feed your bales to livestock, you will probably want to remove the net wrap before processing.

  1. Load the bale first
  2. Cut the net wrap along the back side and front side
  3. Peel off the top part
  4. The bottom piece will slide along the floor chain to pick up in a pile.

On square bales with twine, we recommend loading the bale and popping the twine to remove before processing.  This is more difficult to remove from the rotors than net wrap and builds up much faster because it is more bulky.

Net Wrap Removal After Processing

If you are covering new seed or using bales for bedding, you may choose to handle it after processing.  If left on the bale, most it will end up on the bottom rotor.  You will simply need to cut it off with a knife every 5 or 6 bales so the knives are able to spin freely.

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