There has been no other improvement in haymaking more pronounced than the advent of the large round baler. The labor-saving aspect of the large round bale made a wholesale change in productivity unequaled by other methods. I'm sure most of you have long forgotten the small Roto-Baler! Unless you are equipped with an accumulator, the small square bale just equates to more labor.
Data gathered by IRON Solutions offers insight into popular models and values across regions. The models that top the list of large round balers are represented in the first chart. Keep in mind that these are not apple-to-apple comparisons, but rather a popularity contest among the owners. Every baler model has its own unique features, but all of the models have been sold in numbers that reflect a high degree of satisfaction.
Two of the most widely reported baler models are the John Deere 567 and the New Holland 688. A John Deere 567 baler in Kansas is the same as a John Deere 567 baler in Ohio, but we can tell by the second chart there are regional differences. The strongest values in reported sales show up in the Midwest. Weather differences can skew values across regions. Reduced production means the baler you have will last a little longer. In addition, you're less likely to trade in the face of adversity. Less demand equals less value. It may be that a baler gets more use in the West and depreciation is higher. Because of this, there is enough range in value for the buyer or seller to take advantage of his position and profit from the disparity.
At least the large round baler has taken away the constant fear of being asked by a neighbor, "Can you lend me a hand?”
- November 2008