Choosing the best used baler depends on the environment in which it will be used. Hay balers, for example, are primarily used in agricultural settings, with options for square or round bales. Each machine has optional equipment, like kickers that help push out completed bales. Industrial balers vary, based on the material to be baled, such as cardboard, plastic, or metal. No matter the specific used baler needed, some factors are universal in choosing the right baler for your needs.
The first step in selecting the best used baler is, naturally, determining what environment and materials you will be baling. For example, a square hay baler would be inappropriate in an industrial setting where cans or other metal must be baled for recycling. Although many baling machines function on similar principals, each machine is designed for a specific material or range of materials.
When shopping for a used baler, you should also consider the size needed. To illustrate this point, consider two square hay baler machines. Both machines are capable of baling hay for storage. One, model, however, may have a wider pick up range than the other, thus allowing for faster loading of loose hay. Wide pick up range, however, may not be necessary in small areas or on farms with a lower annual hay production.
Age and prior maintenance is another consideration in choosing the best used baler. Older machines may or may not have been serviced according to manufacturer recommendations. Likewise, some older used balers are known to have certain design flaws which were improved in later models. Research repair and maintenance records for any used baler before making a decision whether to purchase the equipment.
Consider consulting consumer reviews, industry trade publications and other resources to learn more about various manufacturers and model types. In many cases, previous owners and industry experts make their opinions and experiences readily available to those considering certain types of used balers. Information from experienced owners and experts can often help buyers avoid poorly designed models or machines with notorious issues. Additionally, such resources can also provide information on estimated value, additional equipment or features to look for, and other valuable information to help in the decision-making process.
Novice buyers should also consider the overall reputation and accessibility of a particular baler's manufacturer. General availability of parts for particular used balers, accessibility to a local dealership for service, knowledge and experience of service staff, and attention to quality design are just a few factors to consider. Finding a good deal on a used baler does little good if there is no local vendor to supply parts or service or if a manufacturer has a reputation for producing machinery of poor quality.