Cutting Hay

Walter Cutting Hay with a Chainsaw

We buy hay since our fields are more amenable to pasture due to their slope and outcroppings of rocks. Most of the hay we buy is in the form of large round bales which are less expensive by the pound than the small square bales. I use the tractor to move the round bales around. In this case the bale was in a place I could not safely get to with the tractor. My simple solution was to reduce the 800 lb bale to smaller, more manageable chunks. A chainsaw works admirably for this task. Just watch out for all the flying flecks!

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9 Responses to Cutting Hay

  1. I know from recent personal experience that those Husqvarna chaps you have on, will in fact stop a chainsaw from cutting into your leg!!

  2. Yowsa, Christopher! Glad your leg’s okay! We always wear the chaps despite how uncomfortable they are to walk in. Safety first!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been reading and enjoying your blog. I’m wondering what kind of hay you feed….grass or legume/grass mix?

  4. I prefer grass/legume mix. So do the pigs and sheep. :)

  5. outofmire says:

    Hey, what length bar is on that chain saw? And do you have a special blade on it? I know they make hay bale cutting blades. I'm asking because we are trying to figure out how feed hay without a tractor and without having to spend a fortune on squares.

  6. It's an 18" bar, regular wood cutting chain, nothing special. I didn't know they made a special hay chain -interesting. I don't do this often but when necessary it is a back saver. With two people we can generally roll a bale around and flip it over as necessary. They weigh 800 to 1600 lbs. The big ones are very difficult to maneuver even with the tractor. I prefer the 800 lb bales.

  7. Farmerbob1 says:

    I’m a little intrigued by this, Walter.

    How did the hay bale end up in a place where you could not get to it with the tractor? The trucks which transport hay bales of that size aren’t small. While your tractor isn’t a small one by any means, it’s definitely not bigger than the trucks that I see hauling hay, not in any dimension or measurement, unless someone brings you hay on a very strange truck/trailer combination.

    Then I realized this was a round bale. Did you have a runaway bale roll off the back of a dumper somewhere else on the property?

  8. Michael Foley says:

    Do you use a special blade to cut through the bale? I wanna try it but I’m afraid I’ll ruin the bar.

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