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Picking up a roll of baler twine used to be a situation of buyer beware, but now, there’s an industry standard ensuring you get what you pay for. Developed by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the standard reflects increased strength for small and large square bales as well as round bales.
The purpose of creating the standards is to provide uniform specifications and a minimum expectation of baler twine product performance. This includes both polyolefin and sisal twine used to bale forage and biomass materials.
According to the new standards, the actual twine lengths should be no less than 98.5% of the length printed on the packaging. And the actual knot or tensile strengths must be no less than 95% of the value printed on the packaging. The standards require that twine be uniform in cross-section and deliver satisfactory performance in a properly adjusted baler knotter, that twine is properly stabilized to meet requirements for weatherability and ultra-violet (UV) protection, and that Quality Control test lab methods and frequencies are standardized.
So, how do you know you’re buying a product that is in compliance with the new standards?
Products that meet or exceed the new standards are packaged with labels that state: "Manufactured and Tested in Accordance with ASABE Standard ANSI/ASABE S315.4."
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