How To Build A Pine Straw Baler,Childrens Tool Bench Plans,Diy Router Table Top Plans - Review

A hand-powered, box baler can be easily constructed from common materials as outlined below.
Four eye-bolts at the bottom of the baler are important to hold the string in the proper alignment as the pine straw is loaded and compressed.
The following images outline the sequence of steps taken to successfully produce quality pine straw bales using the hand-powered box baler described above. Here in the southeastern states, the pine trees are abundant – which means so is pine straw.
The Loblolly Pine tree is one of several native pine trees and is the most important commercial timber tree in the southeastern United States.  There are also Long Needle, Short Needle, Slash, Spruce and I am sure other varieties of Southern Yellow Pine trees growing everywhere in rural and not so rural areas of Georgia. My husband and son raked and sold pine straw locally years ago and they had a hard time keeping enough baled up. I fill up the pick-up with white pine needles fallen at the nursery to use as mulch - it's also excellent erosion control on sloped gardens.
When we were in the Ozarks, we found no pine trees, just cedars and so we are continuing our search for property with pines. Harvesting equipment and infrastructure costs depend upon whether or not the producer is baling on a large commercial scale, or on a part-time small operation.

If the site is to be mechanically baled, the optimum row spacing depends upon the size and shape of the equipment used for raking and baling.
A average person should be able to bale approximately 100, 35-40 pound bales per day using this baler.
The trees are now bearing and shedding enough pine needles to use for mulch around the farm.
We found it better than wood shavings because the biddies (baby chicks) can't eat the pine straw. There are so many natural resources we all take advantage of and use only what we need." Here it's white pine, and hardwood mulch. The first year, due to cleanup and marketing costs, harvesters have an estimated $4 to $6 tied up in each bale. Planted pasturelands with few or no terraces provide the ideal pine straw harvesting stand.
Cleanup, gathering, and transporting the bales are the more difficult, labor intensive and expensive steps. Make sure to exclude any insects (ants), excess litter, grass, hardwood leaves when baling that might reduce the value of the bale.

Once the straw drops to the ground, it can be baled, used for mulch and many other uses, without ever having to cut down a single tree. The pine straw mulch also helps hold in moisture in our long, hot, and usually dry summers here in Georgia. However newer, specialized equipment requires only 6 to 8 feet between rows to move the equipment. For example, a highly productive crew of five people will require two to three weeks to prepare, clean, rake, bale, and haul pine straw bales from a typical, 30 acre plantation. Low-grade straw that contains extraneous debris or partially decomposed needles should be sold at a discount.
Yet, practical raking requirements still dictate 8 to 12 between rows, even for specialized equipment, to harvest pine straw efficiently. Because of the large volume of production, commercial operation must have seasonal storage large enough truck to economically haul bales to market.

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