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Tree Balers

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by gqnine44, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I am looking into opening a tree lot and would like any opinions on tree balers. Are they necessary? Is it possible to bail a tree manually?

    Does anyone have a good source for balers? Do you have to get different sizes or will one size work on all trees?

  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    I do not run a tree lot but do have a wholesale tree farm. Yes you need a baler so the customer can get the tree home in the grocery hauler. It is next to impossible to bale one by hand. Do a google search for balers. There are some that use netting and are much cheaper than the ones we use on the farm. Most have different size inserts depending on the size tree you are running through it.
  3. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    evans christmas tree products is a good source for balers.
    hey avery what species of tree do you have and where is that farm located?
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    Fraiser fir and the farm is in the western mts. of NC.
  5. tom9054

    tom9054 LawnSite Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 19

    Not sure about Ohio, but wait till it gets 10 below zero and pull a tree thru a baler.
    if your just starting, don't think i would put a baler at the top of my list.

    thats bout 2 cents worth.
  6. Stan MI

    Stan MI LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 103


    I help out at a tree lot sponsered by the local YMCA. They have a baler and it makes it a lot easier to get the tree on top of or in the family cruiser. We carry out all the trees we sell.

    The baler is just a plastic ring with netting on the outside. As you pull the tree through, by hand, the netting comes off and goes around the tree. Give the tree a twist as you pull it through and it really reduces the size. It's not like it was baled on a tree farm but a lot easier to carry.
  7. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    I think i am going to hold off on baling on the lot this year. we will see how it goes.
  8. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Kirk Company in Washington has the baler and netting cartridges

    Get the bigger one...easier to pull through.

  9. rl schulz

    rl schulz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a tree baler which may be just what you are seeking. 507 254 3287

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