DIY for Hay Balers

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DIY for Hay Balers
Making an old fashioned hay bailer is not difficult. (hay bale image by Cornelia Pithart from

If you are a do-it-yourselfer and you want to make your own hay bailer, you don't need to be a mechanical engineer. Though most hay bailers are now tractor-like heavy machinery, it is still possible to make hay bales using old fashioned technology. This is where a simple, plywood hay bailer comes into place. A bit of plywood and some wood cutting utensils and you'll have your own homemade hay bailer in no time.

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Things you need

  • 4-foot by 8-foot by ¼-inch plywood board
  • Table saw
  • ½-inch mitre saw blade
  • Mitre saw
  • Staples
  • ¾-inch screws (optional)
  • 2 75-inch strings
  • Hay

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  1. 1

    Cut two 18-inch by 14-inch rectangles, one 37-inch by 18-inch rectangle and two 37-inch by 14-inch rectangles from a single 4-feet by 8-feet by ¼-inch plywood board. Use a table saw to cut the plywood.

  2. 2

    Cut Two 1-inch notches onto one 18-inch long side of each of the 18-inch by 14-inch rectangles using a ½-inch wide blade on a mitre saw. The notches will then measure 1-inch by ½-inch and should be six inches apart from each 14-inch long side of the rectangle and six inches from each other.

  3. 3

    Build a wooden box frame using the two 18-inch by 14-inch and the two 37-inch by 14-inch plywood rectangles so that you have a frame that measures 14-inches in height, 18-inches in depth and 37.5-inches in width. Use staples or ¾-inch screws to attach the corners of the frame. The notches on the 18-inch by 14-inch rectangles should all be facing the same direction on the frame.

  4. 4

    Attach the 37-inch by 18-inch rectangle to one side of the frame in the same fashion that you attached the corners of the frame. This will close off the frame into a wooden box. The 37-inch by 18-inch rectangle should be attached to the frame on the side opposite the notches so that the notches are facing towards the open end of the box.

  5. 5

    Insert two 75-inch strings into the box so that the strings lay across the bottom of the box and come out of the box through the notches.

  6. 6

    Fill the box with hay and then tie the hay into a hay bale using the ends of the strings sticking out through the notches.

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