Farm Progress

New Freeman Big Baler with greater capacity cuts and bales at same time

Harlen Persinger

May 6, 2013

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The Freeman model 1592D Big Baler, which cuts and bales at the same time, is redesigned for 25% greater capacity. It can package up to 45 tons per hour. The hydraulic drive feed system is reversible from the tractor seat, saving hours of hand work unplugging the baler.

With the state-of-the-art drive system there are fewer moving parts than gear-driven balers. This means that annual repair, maintenance and equipment costs are lower.

Built-in work-saving features of the rugged 1592D Big Baler include the reversible feed system and the time-saving use of hydraulic relief valves instead of shear bolts.

The hydraulic drive system ensures that hay flows directly from the windrow through the feed chute directly into the bale chamber, without the use of a precompression chamber.

The only time the hydraulically driven bale chamber operates is when the bale chamber is fully charged. This design feature gives you 17 to 22 uniform bale flakes per 8-ft. bale, protects alfalfa and other fragile crops, and makes feeding easier — bales break apart readily and controllably.

Price: $500,000 for self-propelled model, depending on options; $240,000 for pull-type model. For more information, call 503/625-2560, or visit

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About the Author(s)

Harlen Persinger

Harlen Persinger is a photojournalist who lives in Milwaukee. Since 2004, he has freelanced for regional and national farm publications such as Wisconsin Agriculturist and Farm Industry News, plus many others.

Persinger grew up on a farm in Grundy County, Iowa. He received a degree in ag journalism from Iowa State University in 1972. He has traveled to more than 40 countries and has been a member of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (now Agricultural Communicators Network) since 1976. In 2016, he was the first photojournalist/freelancer to receive the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, Persinger began providing college scholarships to 4-H’ers from his home county who have an interest in photography/journalism and agriculture. He was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2023.

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